Is your Gospel good news?

Velvet Elvis Book CoverLooking at the question in the title you make think “Of course. Isn’t their only one gospel.” But let me develop the question more before we actually answer the it. In Velvet Elvis Rob Bell speaks of the Gospel we bring:

“If the gospel isn’t good news for everybody, then it isn’t good news for anybody.And this is because the most powerful things happen when the church surrenders itsdesire to convert people and convince them to join. It is when the church gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting nothing in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly put on display. To do this, the church must stop thinking about everybody primarily in categories of in or out, saved or not, believer or nonbeliever.” (Bell, 167)

Bell goes on to talk of a person who lives on a street. This person is just another person a neighbour a mother. Then one day she gets saved. Now we Christians are just happy that this person is saved but what about her neighbours. Does it make any difference to those who live around her. Really it will only matter to them if the gospel that she has permeates her life and she lives it out in the interactions she has with her neighbours. If this lady becomes a more helpful, more giving, more friendly neighbour will her neighbours not appreciate her more. Even those who are hostile to religion will recognize this person being a better neighbour and at some point wonder why.

So now that you have read this far you should understand my question. Is the gospel that you have in your life good news for those around you? If this gospel does not display itself in how you live is it really good news for anyone?

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~ by curtismchale on November 13, 2007.

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