What is “Gospel Convergence”? Part 5

The purpose of Gospel Convergence is to provide:

“Meditations on the Life of Jesus in the Mission of His Church for the Glory of God”

converging arrows vimeoThis encapsulates our Theological Vision which can be broken down into three complementary points:

  • Christ-Centred
  • Mission Orientated
  • Doxologically Driven

Mission Orientated

We believe that to be aligned with God in being Christ-Centred necessarily results in being Mission Orientated. That is, we do not want our love for Jesus to terminate on itself but rather to overflow in service to him and others.

Mission begins and belongs to God; the mission is his, he started it and he has graciously invited us to join with him in it through faith in Jesus.

The Mission of God

In his exquisite creation God planted a garden for humanity to cultivate and enjoy. From there they were to spread over the whole earth and subdue it under their benevolent stewardship taking Eden with them (Genesis 1:28-31).

For a brief time Adam and Eve revelled in God’s blessing, savouring every benefit of Paradise afforded to them. However, Paradise was soon lost to them as they “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!” (Romans 1:25 ESV). They succumbed to Satan’s lies; rather than believing God’s truth they instead believed Satan’s falsehood. In doing so they forfeited, not only the abundant material blessings of creation but, the spiritual blessing of knowing God intimately as a child knows and trusts their parents. This relationship was irrevocably shattered, there was nothing they could do to repair the brokenness that now existed inside of themselves and in all creation. Naked and ashamed they tried to cover their disgrace with the very creation they had moments before corrupted because of their sin.

What a lamentable day!

Yet all was not lost,

“Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
 Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
 Brought death into the World, and all our woe,
 With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
 Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,”

John Milton, Paradise lost

The narrative continues:

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”” (Genesis 3:8-10 ESV)

What should have evoked awe and exultation, the presence of God, now elicits fear and shame. And in their fear and shame the man and his wife quickly turn upon one another searching for someone besides themselves to blame.

As a result of their gross sin all three were cursed.

Life would never be the same again. The man and his wife were exiled from their garden home, together yet alone – their marriage, the love and trust they shared, a memory, a husk of its former glory – simultaneously lovers and enemies.

Nevertheless, in the curse pronounced against Satan, God interjected hope into a world that now knew despair:

“The Lord God said to the serpent,

 “Because you have done this,
  cursed are you above all livestock
  and above all beasts of the field;
  on your belly you shall go,
  and dust you shall eat
  all the days of your life.
  I will put enmity between you and the woman,
  and between your offspring and her offspring;
  he shall bruise your head,
  and you shall bruise his heel.”” (Genesis 3:14-15 ESV)

God promised humanity deliverance from the tyrannical god they had chosen to serve. He would send a man to defeat the ancient serpent and free his enslaved people. And so the man and his wife left the garden paradise despondent yet hopeful because even though they had been ejected from God’s presence they had faith that someone was coming who would restore them to that relationship they once enjoyed.

As the story continues from Genesis to Malachi God’s people waited with eager anticipation for their coming Deliverer. Throughout this time God revealed to them more of who this coming Rescuer would be and what he would do.

To Adam and Eve in the garden he was revealed as the one who would bruise the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15; cf. Romans 16:20Hebrews 2:14Revelation 20:1-3, 10).

To Abraham he was revealed as the promised offspring through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:322:18; cf. Galatians 3:7-9).

To Moses he was revealed as the Prophet who would come after him yet who would be greater than him (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; cf. Hebrews 3:1-6).

To David he was revealed as one of his descendents who would sit on his throne forever as Lord and defeat the enemies of God’s people once for all (2 Samuel 7:1-17;Psalm 110:1; cf. Matthew 22:41-46).

To Isaiah he was revealed as the suffering servant who would die for the sins of his people and yet live forevermore (Isaiah 52:13-53:12; cf. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

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