Growing and Connecting Gospel-Proclaiming Communities

[vckit_interactive ratio=”11″ heading_thin=”Good News for the World!” heading_bold=”Colossians 1:5-6″ description=”Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing – as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.” disable_font=”yes” custom_class=”vckit_custom_class_85ac97c33c9b8a” tutorial=”” image=”1720″]
[vckit_interactive ratio=”11″ heading_thin=”God’s news declared by his people the church” heading_bold=”Ephesians 3:8-10″ description=”To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” disable_font=”yes” custom_class=”vckit_custom_class_105ac97c6d5755b” tutorial=”” image=”2406″]
[vckit_interactive ratio=”11″ heading_thin=”God’s gospel news requires careful teaching and living.” heading_bold=”Galatians 2:11-14″ description=”But when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles, but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, ‘If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?’” disable_font=”yes” custom_class=”vckit_custom_class_105ac97cab74306″ tutorial=”” image=”1719″]

Our purpose as redeemed children of God is to proclaim the good news of Jesus.  It   happens primarily by preaching the gospel to ourselves.  If we are doing that, then we will be convicted and empowered to live out the new life we have in Christ.  Being in Christ means we will belong to the local church community.  As the gospel is promoted and encouraged, believers will seek to decrease while having Jesus increase.  We will in essence be looking outside of ourselves, and beyond ourselves, to the family of God as well as our neighbors.  In those relationships we will be declaring the gospel, and by God’s grace, people will respond to the news and believe.  The evangelistic outward activity will come naturally and necessarily as as a result of faith in the gospel.  It should lead to new believers and new communities forming, culminating in an eventual new church plant.  Essentially, as we stay focused on gospel proclamation, kingdom growth will occur, individually and corporately.