Perhaps the most profound question that a believer can ask is, “How does the gospel speak to all of life?” This question spawns a host of further questions. For example, one may ask, “If I love the gospel, and if in the gospel I see the lavish generosity of God, how does this speak to the way I conduct my finances? Or maybe, “In the gospel, I am the beneficiary of the most self-sacrificing act imaginable, in light of this, how can I be content to live for my own selfish desires? Or perhaps, in the gospel I have been adopted as a child of God, and I see God’s heart of adoption, do I care for hurting children, and the orphan? Could God possibly be calling me to adopt the orphan? In the gospel, I find that Jesus was drawn to the poor and the lost, am I drawn to the poor and the lost?
All of these are examples of what I call “allowing the gospel to speak to all of life”.
These questions are more than just practical. They are an honest response to what has become our new identity in Christ.
Let’s press deeper. Jesus says, “Love your enemies”. By this, he is not saying that enemies and friends become indistinguishable. He is not saying that when you become his disciples you no longer recognize friend from foe. No, he is saying that we must treat our enemies as we would a friend. In fact, it is precisely the ability to identify your enemy and love them still, that translates gospel to life. This is how the Father treated us when he sent his only Son to murderous rebels. The Father knew we were not his friends. And yet, Christmas happened.
In Christ Jesus, the Christian must make the crucifying shift of orienting their worldview, and all their actions, as a person under grace. And so begins the liberating, earthshattering, journey of translating gospel to life. “Gospel” means good news. However, this news is not static information. Rather, the gospel is dynamic news that, through faith in Jesus, you and I become new men and women. Brand new creatures.
The believer has collided with the grace of God. This collision marks a redirection, a reorientation, a reordering of how we are to live our lives. If this does not happen, we may have collided with something beyond ourselves, but this “something” is emphatically not the grace of God. Living under law and living under gospel differ in many ways, but there is one question which they both agree should be asked: both lead us to ask, “How then shall I live?” Translating gospel to life, means making sense of the content of the gospel in all our living.
I leave you with the words from a 16th century Reformed confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, which asks the question: “[Since] we have been delivered from our misery by God’s grace alone…why then must we still do good?” Answer: “So that in all our living we may show that we are thankful to God for what he has done for us, and so that he may be praised through us.”
to worship and bear witness to Christ as we allow the gospel to speak to every area of life.
We meet at 7pm at the Hughes' house every other Tuesday night. Dates for upcoming meetings: Oct. 28th, Nov. 11th & 25th
2761 Altadena Lake Dr. B'ham, Alabama 35243
For more info call Gabriel: 205-223-7426 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us at the Mondy's house at 6:30 every other Tuesday night. Dates for upcoming meetings: Oct. 28th, Nov. 11th & 25th
Call or Text Daniel @ 205-447-5540
116 Edgemont Dr. Homewood, Alabama 35209
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We believe that a Statement of Faith should be more intent on fostering unity among God's people than about erecting doctrinal walls among believers. Hope Culture Church strives to be a safe place for various streams of Christ-followers to unite in love for God, the church, and the world. Doctrinal differences should be shared (and listened to!) with a spirit of love and respect. We should celebrate what unites us in Christ as holding far greater importance than lesser doctrinal differences. In Christ Jesus, we always have much more in common than we could ever comprehend. In fact, eternity will be an ongoing discovery for us all of how much we have in common through the victory of the gospel.
For this reason, we offer, as our Statement of Faith, an ancient document written by Christians many hundreds of years ago that is filled with gospel truth called the Nicene Creed. If you ascribe to this, then you believe what we believe, and are fellow partakers in the same inheritance common to all the saints of God.
NICENE CREED (A.D. 325)
We believe in one God,
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
he suffered death and was buried.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
We grabbed these phrases from Jeff Vanderstelt and the guys over at Soma. For information and resources check them out at www.wearesoma.com
Here, at Hope Culture Church, we have taken this language of "life on life, life in community, and life on mission," and adapted our own definitions of how we understand this within the life of our church. We seek to live lives that are Christ-centered, gospel-shaped, God-glorifying, and grace-motivated. The organic approach to Christian life expressed below is the primary means by which we hope to flesh-out our church mission statement: “to worship and bear witness to Christ as we allow the gospel to speak to every area of life.”
Authentic, Christ-centered, relationships characterized by the desire to be a blessing.
Gospel-shaped, God-glorifying, community defined by a culture of love for God, the church, and the world.
grace-motivated living that is intent on bringing the good news of Jesus, in both word and deed, to the poor and the lost.
It is our conviction that these components of life on life, life in community, and life on mission, are vital elements of biblical church life. It is also our belief that these components of Christian living are best nurtured in home fellowships. These we call Discipleship Groups.
The name of these groups is intentional. One may be a son, servant, sheep, evangelist, intercessor, and a great deal many other things in the kingdom of God. We self-identify with those kingdom specialties to which we find ourselves most drawn. It is only right that we do so, as we respond to God’s specific call on us as individuals. However, the primal, and universal, call of the believer is to become a follower and a learner of Jesus, also known as a “disciple”. A disciple’s highest goal is to say and do everything that his Rabbi (teacher) says and does. So, when it comes to being a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are talking about taking on an identity that seeks to conform to the image of Jesus in every way. A true disciple is never content to specialize in one area of his Rabbi’s teachings.
For example: Did Jesus heal the sick? I will seek to do the same. Did Jesus teach that those who will save their life must lose it? As scary as this sounds, I say, “Yes Lord.” Did Jesus love the poor in both word and deed? “Father, make me like your son.” We do not judge progress by quick results. Instead, through earnest desire and intentional lifestyle decisions we seek to look more like Jesus in every area of our lives. To, more and more, live into our identity as disciples of Christ.
Jesus said, “Follow me” and again, “learn from me.” It is easy to follow Jesus to the places you like to go with him. It is easy to learn from Jesus the messages that most resonate with you. However, the Spirit is asking, “Will you follow Jesus to that place? Yep, that place you don’t like to go to. Will you learn from this teaching of Christ, the one you have held at arm’s length until now?” Simply put, “Will you be a disciple?”