We Gather because of the Gospel.
This week we are looking at the Gather of the Gather Grow Go language we are using here at Redeemer. For an introduction and overview see the previous post.
As I said last week, the Gospel is central to all that we do and therefore it is central to Gather Grow Go. It is because of the Gospel that we Gather as a church. The Gospel is the reason we are a church. As Ephesians 2 makes clear, not only does the Gospel reconcile us to God, but it also reconciles us to one another, and in Christ, God the Father is making a new people (Eph. 2:14-19).
In Gathering as the church, we are proclaiming that we all were alienated from God, and in our sin not only were we alienated, but we were also enemies of God. But God, being rich in mercy, has reconciled Himself to us through the work of Jesus (His life, death, and resurrection), and this has all been of grace.
In Gathering as the church, we are proclaiming Jesus is Lord. We are Gathering in His name because of His work on our behalf, which is what we call the Gospel. Paul uses this language in 1 Corinthians 5 saying to the church there, “when you are assembled (gathered) in the name of our Lord Jesus” (1 Cor. 5:4).
Brothers and Sisters, this is good news. We don’t gather on the basis of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, shared political interests, blue-collar…white-collar…no-collar, parenting styles, hobbies, or any general tastes and preferences. No, we Gather on the basis of the Gospel. This is why it is so important that the church keeps the Gospel central to all that we do. If the Gospel gets pushed to the periphery, or worse, it is no longer central and the result will be fragmentation in the church. When the Gospel isn’t central, we will seek to Gather on the basis of the things listed above, and the result will be division. Only when the Gospel remains central can we have unity in diversity.
Therefore, it is because of the Gospel that we are committed to Gathering together:
- In weekly corporate worship (Heb. 10:24-25).
- Also in other avenues such as small groups, one-to-one discipleship, meals, coffee breaks, and so on as we seek to help one another follow Jesus (Phil. 1:27).
We are committed to one another because of the Gospel. We Gather because of the Gospel.