LIVE the Gospel
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” — Philippians 1:21 (NIV)
The book of Philippians is one of the Apostle Paul’s most joyful Epistles. Yet, it was written while Paul was in prison, which is why Philippians is often referred to as a Prison Epistle. Now that’s an irony!
Why was he being held as a prisoner by the oppressive Romans? IT was for the Cause of Christ (1:1).
Furthermore, Paul is writing this letter to the Philippian church, his first church plant, to encourage them to live out their faith joyfully! He also wants his audience to know that spiritual maturity does not come from some type of mystical experiences. Nor does spiritual maturity come by obtaining theological brilliance. Paul himself was a well-educated man—he could speak four languages fluently, was a leading Pharisee, and grew up in a privileged home.
But none of these accolades helped him mature to become the man who would pen more books in the Bible than any other Biblical writer. No. For Paul, spiritual maturity was achieved by living the Gospel out in practical ways everyday!
Street-level theology of living the Gospel
It is the choice of the Redeemer to leave us in this broken world for His Glory and our good. This means applying God’s glory in practical ways so that God’s goodness impacts not only our lives but also the lives of those we come into contact with daily. It’s putting our theology—what we believe—to practice. We call it the theology of boots.
What does it look like living life and ministry in light of a fallen and depraved world? What does it look like to LIVE the Gospel?
2 Corinthians 5:18 says that we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. The purpose of ministry, the context in which our calling is worked out, is for reconciliation, ultimately, to God through Christ. The ministries that we do—whether in the work place, our faith community, the coffee shops, grocery stores or schools—should be done with the single purpose in mind: How am I practically ministering reconciliation to others in my daily life? Am I offering a smile to others when I don’t feel like smiling? Am I leaving decent tips for my server at the restaurants I frequent? Am I taking the time to invite a co-worker to lunch? Am I studying diligently so that I can do well in school to honor the name of Christ?
The Gospel is the core of living in community together. It brings sinful people into the family of God, it brings sinful people with all of their baggage into a redemptive community, it brings restoration and hope, it brings a true understanding and magnification of our sin, and it brings true fellowship and true purpose and true meaning to life.
10:30 A.M. - Worship Gathering
(Come early and enjoy coffee and fellowship at 10 a.m.)
10:30 A.M. - StoryTime
(Children ages 3-8)
Our ministries are designed to be transformational. We want our people to develop a well-rounded theology of boots—a theology that shapes their own story into practical, ministry-centered living. This serves to Equip.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of God’s love toward humanity. We stress discipleship as a means to help our people mature and grow in the knowledge of Christ in order to love God and help others discover the power of His story. This serves to Save.
The ultimate outcome for those who call Narratives home is to share the Gospel with their lives. Ideally, that transpires in the normal ebbs and flows of their daily lives, which we call rhythms. This serves to Send.