T4G- 2010, Together for the Gospel- The Unadjusted Gospel.
I'm so excited to be writing this update. As I start this blog entry, I am sitting in Louisville, KY with 2 great brothers from my local church in Harrisonburg,VA. My pastor and another elder embarked on an 8 hour drive with me to see and hear from some awesome heroes of the Christian faith who, at the encouragement of 7000 pastors, have agreed to come together for the purpose of the Gospel. John MacArthur, John Piper, Ligon Duncan, C.J. Mahaney, Al Mohler, Joshua Harris, Thabithi Anyabwile, and others...What a great opportunity for the guys in the trenches, for the ordinary pastors, leaders, and even the sheep to hear and learn about the preeminence of Christ in the Gospel. Refocusing the church away from flashy trends and loose theology, this has been an outstanding endeavor. May God bless the efforts.
So what is this all about? How does this Gospel or this group of guys relate to me? Here is what T4G has to say about themselves: Together for the Gospel (T4G) began as a friendship between four pastors. These friends differed on a number of theological issues, like baptism and the charismatic gifts. But they were committed to standing together for the main thing—the gospel of Jesus Christ..
So they began a conference which occurs every two years and aims principally at encouraging other pastors to do the same—to stand together for the gospel. And now this conference is evolving, as God pleases, into an informal network of church leaders who all share this ambition and who intend to encourage one another to do the same.
T4G is convinced that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been misrepresented, misunderstood, and marginalized in many churches and among those who proclaim the name of Christ. The goal of these friendships, conferences, and networks is therefore to reaffirm this central doctrine of the Christian faith and to encourage local churches to do the same.
So What is the Gospel?, here ya go, check this out.
The Gospel is the joyous declaration that God is redeeming the world through Christ (Matt 1:21; Luke 1:68; Eph 1:7; Col 1:20), and that he calls everyone everywhere to repent from sin and trust Jesus Christ for salvation (Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38; 17:30).
The Gospel- Each of us has sinned against God (Rom 3:23), breaking his law and rebelling against his rule, and the penalty for our sin is death and hell (Rom 6:23). But because he loves us, God sent his Son Jesus (John 3:16; Eph 2:4; 1 John 4:10) to live for his people’s sake the perfect, obedient life God requires (Rom 8:4; 1 Cor 1:30; Heb 4:15) and to die in their place for their sin (Isa 53:5; Mat 20:28; 26:28; Mark 10:45; 14:24; Luke 22:20; John 11:50-51; Rom 3:24-25; 4:25; 1 Cor 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21; Eph 5:2; Heb 10:14; 1 Pet 3:18). On the third day, He rose bodily from the grave (Mat 28:6) and now reigns in heaven (Luke 22:69; 24:51; Heb 8:1), offering forgiveness (Eph 1:7), righteousness (Rom 5:19), resurrection (Rom 8:11), and eternal blessedness in God’s presence (Rev 22:4) to everyone who repents of sin and trusts solely in Him for salvation.
Hope this helps! read, weep, repent, be changed through faith. Live for something more than ourselves Write me if you have questions....or if you're local, come check out a neat little church that is faithful to the gospel and is seeing the fruit of God's work as a result....check'em out at www.aletheia.org