Analysis Of The Gospel In Creature Of The Bible

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In Creature of the Word, authors Chandler, Patterson, and Geiger set out to uncover what it means to be a church captivated by the Gospel. The Gospel, as defined by the authors, is, “God’s reconciling work in Christ-that through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, God is making all things new both personally for those who repent and believe, and cosmically as He redeems culture and creation from its subjection to futility” (7,8). Chapter one begins with the claim that the church as a whole has lost sight of what the Gospel really is. The church cannot be fulfilled, or successful, apart from the Gospel; the Gospel is what forms the church. This message is about more than simply containing it within the church walls, though, it is about …show more content…
The authors acknowledge that following Jesus is a personal relationship, but it also a relationship consisting of community with believers. The writers claim, “for while our faith is indeed very personal, it is definitely not private” (45). The Gospel, while it saves the individual, compels that individual to engage in the larger body of believers. The authors also acknowledge that the church is not perfect; it is continually being formed by the Gospel. The church must urgently seek out the Gospel so that it can continue to be formed by the Lord and nothing else. The fact that the church is a community means that it is a place of brutal honesty. The church is a place where believers are forced to be honest with each other about their brokenness and be open about the daily struggles of life. Within the church, members must actively confess their sin, but in doing this, must never neglect the seriousness of sin. The authors state, “True Jesus-centered authenticity lovingly nudges believers toward continual repentance- not just a bunch of “nobody’s perfect” confessions but actual, gospel-driven changes in lifestyle” (56). The authors also say that the body of Christ should also be loving each other through actions and words. God loves the church, so within the church members must display love towards one another. Lastly, the church community must be actively meeting the needs of one another. A community …show more content…
The church serves because Jesus served. Jesus is the motivation and the foundation for the service of the church. Often times, people in the church serve out of impure motives such as guilt, force, or pride. All of these motives are faulty and fade in comparison to the true motivation of service, Jesus. The goal of serving is not serving in itself, though, it is Jesus. “Our serving must be ultimately be grounded in Him, for Him, our hearts deeply tuned toward Him” (74). The authors also challenge the church to make serving an everyday thing, not only something that happens within the church walls every Sunday. Service should be done in three directions: upward, downward, and laterally. Upward service means working for the Lord. Downward service is exercised when believers are given a position of authority. Lateral service occurs within peers. Each aspect is a part of service, and each part should be included in the life of a believer in the world outside the church walls. Service must be an integral aspect of church members. As stated by the authors, “The painful irony is not that we get dirty again but that many believers fail to put a towel around their own waist to wash the dirt off the feet of others”

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