We can’t be both safe and brave <ul><li>“ We must choose one or the other. Following in Christ's footsteps means turning our faith in him and his power into concrete actions that usually means taking big risks. Taking these risks deepens our faith in Christ. Not taking these risks (playing it safe) often means relying more on ourselves than Christ.” </li></ul><ul><li>Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission founder </li></ul>
Your current system is perfectly designed to keep producing the exact result you keep getting. Dallas Willard The Two-Chapter Gospel Is Our Gospel Too Small?
The Gospel We All Were Given Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father… GALATIANS 1:3-4
The Two-Chapter Gospel Romans 3:22b “ There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:24 “… and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Good News for Rats! but sad news for ‘squirrels’ <ul><li>Everybody’s a RAT, nobody’s a squirrel! </li></ul><ul><li>God isn’t out to exterminate all the rats! </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ Any gospel that is not announcing a new society at work in the world, what the Apostle Paul called the church, is simply not a [big enough] gospel.” </li></ul><ul><li>Scot McKnight, New Testament professor, North Park University </li></ul>
What Must I Do to Be Saved? <ul><li>Believe in Jesus (John 3:16) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sins forgiven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name written in the Book of Life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use your new-found freedom and power in Christ, here and now, to live a life so transformed that others glimpse in it the possibility of their own and the world’s transformation (2 Cor 5:19) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them” </li></ul></ul>
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24