The Gospel as the Foundation of the Church

This is an assignment for my internship. It has to be two pages in length. It leaves a lot to be said. Plus because of procrastination it is not the best.

The term “gospel” specifically refers to the good news that God the father sent the Son taking on human flesh. He was crucified, died, and was raised to life on the third day (1 Cor 15:3–4; 2 Tim 2:8). The message of the gospel is what God uses to draw his people to himself. (Eph 1:13–14; 2:1–8) His people are called the church. If the message of the gospel is not true, if Christ was not raised from the dead, then the faith, message, and mission of the church is worthless (1 Cor 15:13–18). Therefore, the gospel is essential to the church because it is what forms the very nucleus of their existence.

The work of the gospel calls the church to be saints by the power of the gospel (Rom 1:6–7; 1 Cor 1:2). Belief in the gospel, and its subsequent effects, are what mark a person as a member of the universal church. Consequently, someone who does not believe is not a member of the church.

The gospel is what unifies the church in all its work and helps the church to be unified in all of its endeavors for discipleship within the body of the church. The Gospel unifies all ethnicities in faith (Eph 3:6). This unity is because they all partake of the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:7). It is the reason that all Christians come together, to celebrate and encourage one another in the gospel (Heb 10:23–25). This is one of the reasons that the church exists, to remind one another to walk in the way fitting of the gospel. Not only does the gospel reconcile the church to God, but it also should be the impetus for reconciliation amongst believers (Phil 4:3). It is also what unifies all of the church in the sufferings that come from those who persecute the church (2 Tim 1:8–13).

The gospel is not only essential to the church in its being called out and its unity, but also in its mission. That mission is to make disciples of all nations (Mat 28:19–20). This includes both the proclamation of the gospel (Rom 10:14–15) and a devotion to mature teaching of the word of God (Acts 2:42; 1 Pet 2:2). All of this is unified around the message of the gospel.

The Church is not alone in its mission the Father and the Son have sent the Holy Spirit along with the gospel to convict the world of its sins (1 Thes 1:5) and it converts them to believe the message of the gospel (Col 1:3–6). This both builds the church and helps it along with its mission.

The gospel then is the lifeblood of the church. It is the very foundation of what they believe, indeed it is what has called them to salvation. It is the very thing with which, despite its differences, the church finds unity around. It is the message that the church carries to the ends of the earth through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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