We are continuing our "gospel check" series looking at four different models to make sure we are believing, living, and sharing the fullness of the gospel! Today, we take a look at our second model, "THE REPARATIONS GOSPEL."
The Reparations Gospel
STOPS THE STORY AT
WHAT IT SAYS
"The Gospel is that Jesus came to die for our sins."
WHY WE MUST BELIEVE THIS GOSPEL
We must make sure people understand the problem of sin -- that there is something fundamentally broken about them and the world, and that Jesus is the God-provided remedy. In fact, He is the only God-provided remedy, and the consequences of not clinging to Jesus as God's provision are beyond severe.
WHY WE CAN'T STOP THE STORY HERE
A gospel that focuses on the cross to the exclusion of all that comes afterward can quickly lead to guilt, shame, and legalism, for it runs the risk of reducing the gospel to the ugliness of sin. This, in turn, can reduce following Jesus to mourning or trying to cover up this ugliness in our own lives -- as well as making sure others know just how ugly their sin looks, too. While taking sin seriously we must also carry the story forward to the resurrection -- to our hope that we will share in Christ's victory over sin, and its consequence: death.
Tomorrow we will look at what I call, "THE RESCUE MISSION GOSPEL."