“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
This week we are focusing on the first part of our values statement: We are a gospel-centered church. This means that we, just like the apostle Paul, make the gospel a priority (of first importance) in our ministries. We do so because we recognize that this wonderful message is the power of God for salvation, giving us freedom from sin’s penalty, sin’s power, and one day sin’s presence altogether! By God’s grace, and through our faith in Jesus, we move from being God’s enemies to become His reconciled and adopted sons and daughters. And by this same grace, we grow in our walk with Jesus as we are transformed from the inside out… looking forward to the day when Jesus will return and make all things new!
This week in your prayer time focus on these three areas:
Being gospel-centered means that grace matters!
Pray that God would turn us into gracious people who reflect the undeserved favor that we’ve been freely given in Jesus.
Being gospel-centered means that truth matters!
Pray that our hearts would be molded more by God’s Word than by the competing voices in our culture, so that we can courageously model and speak the truth in love to those in our spheres of influence.
Being gospel-centered means that transformation matters!
Pray that our church would move from unbelief to belief in every area of life as, the gospel continues to do its transformational work in our hearts.