OUR VALUES: GOSPEL
BY BISHOP STEVE BREEDLOVE
JANUARY 26TH, 2017
The first value that defines and describes the Diocese of Christ our Hope is a wholehearted commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here is how we summarize what we mean by this:
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and enthroned as King. He is renewing all things. We are thankful to see him working in us and others, transforming institutions, communities, nations, even creation itself. Because of this great Good News, we walk in hope and expectancy.
The Christian faith centers in the Good News that erupted the first Easter morning when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared . . .” (1 Cor 15:3-5).
Therefore, we proclaim the Gospel, knowing that “in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Cor 2:19).
We speak out of the love and life we ourselves have received through Jesus Christ – “for the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one has died for all, therefore all have died. And he died for all that they who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Cor. 5:14-15).
We speak with the confidence that in Christ, we are born again to an everlasting life with God – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation! The old has passed away; behold! The new has come!” (2 Cor 5:17)
We rejoice that Christ has the power to genuinely transform us and others personally, and that he is even now at work in our world. “We are being transformed . . .” (2 Cor. 3:18).
God has called us to do the good work of expanding his kingdom here on earth with a view to the hope-filled end of all things, when Jesus returns to usher in a New Heaven and a New Earth: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . .” (Rev 21: 1-5).
The Gospel infects us with an indomitable hope. Indeed, “we have been born again to a living hope” (1 Pet 1:3), which is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27). It is our prayer and passion that this hope bleeds back to color and transform everything in this life, infiltrating our hearts and minds, our relationships, our churches, and our mission in the world.
The stories that fill this January 2017 AnchorLines are Gospel stories – stories of new birth, new beginnings, and new hopes. We hope you’ll be encouraged by the Gospel at work among us.