VISION 2018: WEEK 1 - “GOSPEL-CENTERED”

Each week during our 2018 vision series we will be posting follow-up resources to help you reflect and apply what was preached on. Attached you will find the resource from this past Sunday's sermon.

SERMON SUMMARY:
Redeemer is a Gospel-centered missional family learning and living the way of Jesus in the suburbs of Austin. This past Sunday we began to unpack what it means for us to be a “Gospel-centered” church. We looked at how the Gospel is bigger than we thought and better than we expected. The Gospel story is big and wide, it is also deeply personal. We summarize the Gospel like this, “The Gospel is the good and true story that Jesus has defeated sin, death, and Satan through his life, death, and resurrection.”

Here is a link to this weeks sermon if you missed it - LINK
(Also, if you missed the Vision Series 2018 Intro you can listen to it here - LINK)

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:15–20, ESV)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How would you explain the Gospel? Why is it important that we understand the Gospel in the wider context of the biblical story?
  2. How have you grown over time to understand the Gospel as deeper than you first believed? How specifically has God’s grace been even better than you first thought?
  3. If the Gospel is not central to our lives as individuals and as a church, something else will become central (Morality, Power, Politics, Me-centered life, etc.). What do you find yourself drifting back towards as center? How do we keep moving forward together with the Gospel at the center?
  4. Group Activity - Take a minute to read through the Gospel Overview article attached to this guide. Slow down together and list all the good you see in the story of Jesus. As you consider the entirety of the Gospel story (Jesus life, death, resurrection, ascension), what is most striking to you? What part of the story resonates as good news for you in your current season of life?

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

  1. Gospel Overview (PDF) - This is a short overview of the Gospel story that we have used for training over the past few years.
  2. The Gospel by Ray Ortlund (book resource)
  3. The King Jesus Gospel by Scott McKnight (book resource)