Ep. 465 What Does It Mean to Live a Gospel-centered Life?

Ep. 44 The Missing Ingredients to the Gospel-Centered Life

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Shows Main Idea – What does it mean to live a gospel-centered life? It’s a label and worldview that most Christians have heard. The gospel-centered life is practical, but many Christians do not know how to connect the gospel to everyday life. What does it mean? The gospel is an excellent idea for them but does not transform their lives or relationships. In this podcast, I will provide you with three essential ingredients to live an authentic, practical, gospel-centered life.

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While the recent increase in gospel-centered teaching has blessed my walk, I was at a loss on how to apply these truths to my everyday life. Life Over Coffee ministry bridges this divide by connecting the gospel with a biblical understanding of the soul. As a lay counselor, the Mastermind Program has equipped me to minister the gospel to my soul, family, and others. I learned a model of gospel-centered living. – Mark Grant

The gospel is like a multifaceted diamond. Every time you turn it, you see a previously hidden facet that reveals another aspect of God you can apply to your life. The gospel-centered life is more than a saying. It is a practical life that looks like Jesus. There is a disconnect between thinking about the gospel and living out the gospel. An excellent way to think about living the gospel in a practicalized way could be in these three steps:

  1. Define the gospel.
  2. Determine the characteristics of the gospel.
  3. Develop practical questions around these characteristics that examine your life.

Define the Gospel

The gospel (or the good news) is a person. The gospel is Christ. He was the predicted good news in Genesis 3:15. The gospel (Christ) was the hope of virtually every Israelite woman in the Old Testament. The Father sent the gospel (Christ) in the fullness of time according to Galatians 4:4. What is the gospel? In the most straightforward kind of language, the gospel is Jesus. And how you think about Jesus is twofold: His person and His works. Who He was (being/ontology) and what He did (works/actions) is the most concise way of thinking about the gospel.

  • Who you are on the inside matters (Luke 6:43-45).
  • What you do on the outside matters (Matthew 23:27).
  • What are the characteristics of the gospel?

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Gospel Characteristics

If Jesus is the gospel, what was Jesus like? Describe Him. What were some of His characteristics? As you study the life of Christ, begin to attach labels to the things you observe in His life. I’m not just talking about His life on earth. The gospel has always been. It stretches into eternity’s past and reaches into eternity’s future. The gospel has always been, and it will always be. Thus, as you study the life of Christ in the gospels, here is a short list of some of His characteristics. Perhaps you would like to add to this list.

  • Intentional
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Planner
  • Restorative
  • Sympathetic
  • Intrusive
  • Punctual
  • Suffers
  • Courageous
  • Transparent
  • Relational
  • Honest
  • Confrontation
  • Disciplined
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We’ve taken some of these ideas and developed this graphic as a template to guide us as we equip our Mastermind Students.

Practical Questions

Let your religion be authentic in your home, church, and relationships if it is real. Let your profession be an actual possession that transforms your life and the lives in your sphere of influence. The call to be a Christian is to die to yourself (Mark 8:34) while living for God (Galatians 2:20). The best thing you can do in response to this podcast is sit down with your spouse (if you’re married), children (if you have any), and friends and talk about areas where you are appropriating God’s grace in your life and areas where you need to change.

  • Intentional: Are you interested in people, motivating you to speak into their lives?
  • Patient: You have a difficult friend or relative; how would you describe your patience with them?
  • Kind: How would you describe your kindness toward unkind people?
  • Planner: When you go to a meeting, how much time do you take to think through what you would like to accomplish at the meeting?
  • Restorative: Are you a gentle restorer? Perhaps asking a family member would be helpful here.
  • Sympathetic: The sympathetic person has compassion and courage. Do you err on one or the other? Why would having one but not the other be a problem?
  • Intrusive: Does the fear of others hinder you from intruding into their lives?
  • Punctual: God is right on time: are you? Do you honor folk’s time by keeping your word and being there when you said you would?
  • Suffers: How well do you steward God’s most feared blessing?
  • Courageous: How does your faith in Christ emulate the courage of Christ?
  • Transparent: Are you appropriately open with the right people?
  • Relational: Do you naturally connect with folks?
  • Honest: Are you willing to be honest with others, though you won’t be open with those who cannot steward your truth?
  • Confrontation: Are you willing to confront a person when it’s the right thing to do?
  • Disciplined: How does self-control operate in your life? Can folks depend on your character and actions?

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Call to Action

  1. As you listen to this podcast, how does your life align with the life of Christ, and what areas do you need to improve?
  2. This list is a pneumatic one, not a rote one that you legalistically emulate. You’re not looking for an index to mirror but a life to live in the milieu, which changes according to the moment’s need.
  3. What will you do to improve? What is your specific and detailed plan? Will you share with one person what you’re plan to do?

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