As I reflect on how the church makes disciples I have concluded that we need to examine what gospel we are preaching and/or the mix of gospels!! Paul in a number of his letters highlights that his gospel was a gospel of grace. He contended with others who preached a gospel that was still rooted in the law, that is, a gospel of the law.
I want to suggest that a gospel of the law comes from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That is, if we live right (doing good) we overcome evil. The focus is on performing and doing, often requiring effort on the part of a disciple. The gospel of grace comes from the tree of life. That is, when we believe right we overcome evil. The focus is on receiving and being, based on empowerment by the Spirit.
Behaviour is always the echo of belief therefore right believing leads to right living. Paul’s letters regularly point to what the churches were believing then goes on to speak about matters of christian living. Satan attacks what people believe, we just need to look to how he moved against Adam and Jesus. Once Satan has our believing he has our living. Paul exhorted us to not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of the mind. That is, right living comes from right believing.
Leo Harris, the founder of the Christian Revival Crusade, was convinced that disciples of Jesus need right believing in three areas:
a) Revelation, that is, that we are children of God; loved by God because of who He is not what we do; empowered by God through the Spirit, authority and our inheritance to bring heaven to earth.
b) Renewing our minds, that is, that we need to think biblically with a focus on calling, power, provision, love, mercy and His promises.
c) Renaming our world, that is, releasing the reality of heaven on earth by renaming the works of darkness from Gods perspective according to His word.
What are you discovering?
Until next time may you be blessed with His favour and life.