Gospel Declaration

Jesus stood to read the Scriptures in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. He unrolled the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah, selected his passage and read:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor"(Luke 4:18-19; Isaiah 61:1-2).

Jesus sat down and launched his message with a stunning claim: "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing"(Luke 4:21).

Right from the start, Jesus set the record straight about the nature of his good news - the gospel. First, it is great news for those who need it the most: the poor, the imprisoned, the blind, the oppressed and all who need the Lord's favor. Second, Jesus is the fulfillment of God's good news promises. The gospel is embodied in his person, his words and his works.

The message is not "try harder, be moral, become religious." The gospel is a news flash of what God has done in Christ.

Christ-followers are those who actually believe and embrace the good news that Jesus is the Christ, God incarnate, who came to teach and model life in the kingdom of God. He became one of them, died in their place, rose to show his sacrifice on their behalf had fully satisfied God's wrath. They acknowledge their guilt and turn from their sin. There is a new heart, new life, new allegiance, new desires. The risen Christ has taken up residence within them by his Spirit.

It's about Christ. It starts in him. It's initiated and sustained by him. It culminates in him. Alpha. Omega. Founder. Perfecter. From, through, to him. He is the overarching storyline of life itself.

To declare this truth is to unleash the most potent force in all the created order. It raises the dead. It unites the estranged. It heals the wounded. It strengthens the weak. It changes the rebel's heart. Enemies become friends.

For Converge Worldwide, this message is our mission. Together, we join Christ in multiplying disciples, leaders and churches that proclaim good news in words and actions so that all people everywhere can know him.

    Point - Summer 2018

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