"GOSPEL CENTRALITY"

Rev. Rob Wilson

December 30, 2018

Galatians 2:14-16

Implication #1 - The Power of the Gospel

  1. The gospel is a living thing, like a seed or a tree that brings more and more new life - bearing fruit and growing.
  2. The gospel is "planted" in us so as to bear fruit only as we understand its greatness and implications deeply - understood God's grace in all its truth.
  3. The gospel continues to grow in us and renew us throughout our lives - as it has been doing since the day you heard it.

"All over the world the gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth."  Colossians 1:6

Implication #2 - The Sufficiency of the Gospel

  1. The gospel is not the first step in a stairway of truths; rather it is more like the hub in a wheel of truth.  The gospel is not just the ABC's, but the A to Z of Christianity.
  2. We are not justified by the gospel and then sanctified by obedience; rather the gospel is the way we grow (Galatians 3:1-3) and are renewed (Colossians 1:6).
  3. It is the solution to each problem, the key to each closed door, the power to take us through every barrier (Romans 1:16-17).

We renew every dimension of our lives - spiritual, psychological, corporate, social - by thinking, hoping, and living out the "lines" or ramifications of the gospel.  The gospel is to be applied to every area of thinking, feeling, relating, working, and behaving.

Notes from "The Centrality of the Gospel" by Dr. Timothy Keller