It’s popular at the beginning of the year to do a “one word” post, so I took some time to think about what would be my one word for 2018. The word that keeps coming up in my life right now is the Gospel. The Gospel is the best news I have ever heard – I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, who is the Son of the Living God. Jesus Christ came to live a righteous life for us and then died the death that we deserved. He took our sins and gave us His righteousness. And now as followers of Christ, we have the mission of sharing the Gospel with others, which is in Matthew 28.
So my focus for the year (and really all of life now) is the Gospel. Not only do I need to share the Gospel with others, I need to remind myself of the Gospel daily because I need that grace that God provides every second of every day. The Gospel is our lifeline.
Ways that I will incorporate the Gospel in my life this year include:
– Reading through the Bible in a year. I’m using Tabletalk Magazine’s Reading plan.
– Sharing the Gospel in letters to my sponsored children. They already hear it from their pastors, but by sharing it with them, I can help reinforce the idea in their minds as they learn what it truly means.
– Sharing the Gospel with others around me, even though I will probably do it clumsily. I pray God would open their hearts and ears to hear His Word and not just my words.
Resources for learning more about the Gospel:
– the Bible
– The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
– Discipling by Mark Dever
– Multiply by Francis Chan