Gospel Declaration

It begins with God. He created humans in his "image" (Genesis 1:26-27), which means, among other things, we have been given a rational mind with the capacity to know truth about God himself and the world around us (John 8:32; Luke 1:4). At the same time, the Christian faith stresses that humans are finite and fallen (Genesis 3; Romans 3:23). This means, among other things, that human perspectives are always limited and prone to self-serving bias. Yet the Bible authors claim we can know truth about God that is meaningful and certain.

From a Christian perspective the act of communication is rooted in the Triune God himself, who created all things through his spoken word (Genesis 1:3-30) and revealed himself to us most fully in Jesus, the very "Word" of God (John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3). Humans communicate because we are made in the image of the communicating God. This is the basis for the Christian conviction that God has graciously condescended to use human language in written form the Bible to sufficiently and accurately communicate his mind and will to us. The Bible is God's Word revealed in human language.

Knowing the truth matters. The Bible is a unique book; there is no other like it. It is capable of being read, understood and used as a guide for life transformation. It is inspired (or "breathed out") by God (2 Timothy 3:16), and it is accessible to humans because it was written in real human languages, not abstract or mystical codes. It is clear and straightforward enough to be understood by the simplest of minds, and yet deep and complex enough to challenge the most brilliant. Accessible, transcendent.

The Bible is primarily concerned with transforming people into new creatures, fully reconciled to God and to others. It is not exhaustive in what it proclaims. There is much more that could be said on practically any topic the Bible discusses. But what it does proclaim is sufficient to accomplish its purposes (John 20:30-31; 21:25). The Bible tells us everything we need to know in order to respond to God's offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Living the truth matters. The gospel goes beyond rational arguments, beyond mere orthodoxy. "Knowing the truth" engenders "living the truth," as demonstrated in the life of Jesus, who is "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6). The good news extends an invitation.Will we trust and follow the person of Jesus Christ? The gospel story must become our story.

    Point - September 2018

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