We Go with the Gospel.
In this final post of the series, we will look in more detail at the Go of Gather Grow Go. For an overview, see the first post in this series.
As we have been diving deeper into Gather Grow Go, we have seen already how the Gospel is central to both the Gather and Grow. Therefore, it should be no surprise that it is central to the Go as well. We Gather because of the Gospel. We Grow in the Gospel. We Go with the Gospel.
God, in His Word, tells us that we have been saved out of darkness and brought into marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). We are also told, in the very same context, that we have been saved to “proclaim the excellencies of him” who called us. We are to be witnesses to God’s goodness in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Gospel (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
As a church, we continually Gather and Grow in the Gospel as well as Go with the Gospel in both word and deed. We Go with the Gospel in word as we proclaim that good news to others in the various spheres we live in (home, neighborhood, workplace, and community). We Go with the Gospel in deed as we live out the fruit of the Gospel in our lives in those same spheres. The more and more we Grow in the Gospel, the more and more we are going to bear Gospel fruit in our lives. In short, we Go out and live as disciples obeying all that Jesus has commanded, and this is displayed in both our words and our deeds.
Paul told the Philippians that as they worked out what God is working in them (Phil. 2:12-13), they would be shining as lights in the midst of a desperate people (Phil. 2:15). In the Gospel, we have been brought out of the darkness and into the light, but our Lord calls us to Go back into the darkness with the light.