Jun
19
2012

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?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

Over the last fifteen years I have been a Church Planter, Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor, and now I serve churches through coaching (churchsimple.net), providing online giving services (egiveusa.com), and through keeping them informed (ministrybriefing.tv). I love Jesus, my wife, the Redskins and Capitals and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ.

  • http://twitter.com/jmecaldwell2 Jamie Caldwell

    Beauty: God’s beauty uniquely qualifies Him to be worshipped and compels His creation towards such worship. His beauty is most clearly revealed in the cross of Jesus.

    Broken: Sadly, humanity betrayed God and chose to worship ourselves. This betrayal has resulted in our brokenness, which can only be mended by the cross of Jesus.

    Brotherhood: The church is a brotherhood of redeemed men and women, on mission to reveal God’s beauty to other broken people by showing them the good news of Jesus’ cross.

    • http://www.churchthought.com Matt Steen

      That’s only three… three that were beautifully alliterated (surprise surprise), but three, none-the-less. Two more, Caldwell, go!

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  • http://twitter.com/MrBND Benjamin Nelson

    HMMM -how about
    Dead – i was dead in my trespasses and sins
    Love – While i was dead in that state Christ loved me
    Crucified – clear
    Alive – He and I both raised un in life
    Living – He and I – Him in me, me in Him – goin’ for it