The gospel is the glorious truth that God saves us from our sin through Christ's perfect life, death, and resurrection. As we believe this truth, God transforms us into His image over time. Nonetheless, we stubbornly trust in other things or in other things plus Christ. Faithfully revealing these as idols of the heart, God calls us to worship Him alone. By His grace He saved us, continues to save us and will one day save us. We certainly make choices that have real consequences, but our hope is in Him and not us. He disciplines us to show us the horror of our sin. He teaches us to renew our minds. He enables us to live as holy, pleasing sacrifices. Our family, ministry, dreams, hopes and accomplishments may disappoint us. All DiscipleMakers will be forgotten, but we will rejoice in God our Savior forever.
Scripture: Romans 1-8; Matthew 5-7; Isaiah 53; Genesis 3-9; Ezekiel 14:1-6; Psalm 32,51; Ephesians 2:1-10; Philippians 2:6-11