Clarity and the Gospel
The idea of clarity, simplicity, and the gospel has been following me around lately:
- Last night in one our coaching cohorts (FYI, a couple spots are available for the next cohort) we were discussing the idea of clarity in ministry, and the need to refine our defining values before we can share them with those we are leading.
- A few weeks ago I took part in a training program that started off by asking us to share the gospel with someone in no more than ninety seconds.
- This weekend I listened to an interview that Craig Groeschel did with Bill Hybels, where Bill challenged people to use five words to express the Christian message… Bill’s words were Love, Evil, Remedy, Choice, Restoration.
Clarity is powerful. Being able to clearly state what, and why, you believe allows you to act boldly and decisively, both as you lead and follow. With all the marinading I have been doing on clarity, I decided that I would take the challenge and express the Christian message in five of my own words:
- Love: I would agree with Hybels that it all starts with love. A loving God who created us and desires a restored relationship with us.
- Darkness: Human nature is dark and sinful. It is only through the redemption that comes through the grace of God that we are able to even begin to approach our creator.
- Grace: It is through the grace of our God, through the death of his son, that our sin is forgiven and we are restored to our place as heirs to the Kingdom.
- Holistic: The message of Christ changes not just our hearts and minds, but every last part of who we are and how we go about life. True life-change is the fruit of the work of Christ in us.
- Journey: For as long as we live we are constantly being refined and made more like Christ, our savior.
Mandatory Disclaimer: This list is a work in process that will constantly evolve until I have the opportunity to ask the trinity, face to face, what five words they would use.
What five words would YOU use to express the message of Christianity?