What is “Gospel Convergence”? Part 10

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

Doxologically Driven

We believe the driving force behind our Christ-Centeredness and Missional Orientation has to be Doxology.

More Than Songs

Our whole life is to function as unceasing worship to God for all he has done for us in Christ. Paul writes to the church in Rome, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship“ (Romans 12:1 ESV). Our life is to be one of worship through sacrifice. As Christians we should be known for our sacrificial giving because our God is a sacrificial giver. The life of a Christian, then, is characterised by giving whether in the form of time, money, energy, forgiveness or love. This is how we ought to be known. We have been blessed by God so we can in turn be a blessing to others:

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:7-11 ESV)

This kind of sacrificial living is only possible because of the gospel:

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans 16:25-27 ESV)

The Chief End of Man…

The ultimate end for which we praise and worship, sacrifice and serve, live and love is so we can bring glory (doxa/kavod) to God:

“whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)

All we do should be carried out by faith in the Son of God who loves us and gave himself for us (Galatians 2:20). As we work and rest, cook and clean, read and play we do it all while trusting in the finished work of Christ on our behalf.

In Christ we are fully loved, accepted, forgiven and cleansed. As we continually rest in who God has made us in Christ all that we do will bring glory to God.

When we forget who we are in Christ and sin we repent because we know God loves, accepts, forgives and cleanses us from our sin completely and exclusively because of Jesus.

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