Gospel Driven Lives?

April 23, 2007


You might want to check out two new websites: The Gospel Driven Blog, and In Light of the Gospel (HT: JT). From the former, I came across the following great quote:

The Gospel is not just what we preach to unbelievers in order to get them “saved” from the penalty of sin. The Gospel is much more than that! The Good News is that Christ not only saves us from sin’s guilt but also delivers us from its slavery. The Gospel is the principal energizing and driving force for living the whole Christian life. The Gospel is not just for non-Christians. It is also for Christians (cf., Rom. 1:15).

Believers never grow beyond their need of the Gospel because they never grow beyond their need of Christ. It is not accurate to think of the Gospel as that which saves unbelievers and what matures believers is a life of slavish obedience and law keeping. It is simply wrong to think (and sadly many Christians believe this) that the Gospel is what gets us into the Christian life and then once we are in we grow by trying as hard as we can to live a life of discipleship according to Biblical principles alone.

I believe this is true. In fact, I can testify to this from my preaching yesterday on Jeremiah chapter 17. Though it was evidently applicable to unbelievers, it was undoubtedly relevant to the Christians present. What Christian dare move beyond the consideration of sin, or the remedy of Christ to cover it? It is simply wrong to move beyond the gospel.



  1. Colin

    I am glad you have emphasised this point here. Perhaps I could recommend other readers to listen to this sermon, or add chapter 17 to their list of Jeremiah’s chapter. It is a challenge to us all.

    So many of the Church’s problems are due to our “forgetting” of who God is, what we are and the cost of bridging that gap. If we live with the cross at the forefront of our lives, we will forget about what goes on around us. If we forget the cross, we will live with what goes on around us at the forefront of our lives.

    Is this too simplistic? or is it the choice of serving two masters?

  2. Phil, I don’t think it is too simplistic, which is why the Apostle Paul frequently brought his fellow Christians back to that of first importance: “that Christ died for our sins, was raised…” etc.

    It seems to me that even the practices of baptism and communion evidence the need for our remembrance of the central truths, as well as our proneness to ‘forget’.

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