Okay, maybe it’s not a new concept to everyone. But it hit me like a ton of bricks when I read it recently.
Caesar Kalinowski critiques the notion that the gospel is simply the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ–as if that’s enough. Here’s how he puts it:
Believe and learn to articulate a much bigger gospel–one that touches every area of your lives today.
So often our understanding and articulation of the gospel – the good news about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection – seems to have more to do with our afterlife than this life. Is this how we communicate the Good News to our spouse, kids and others in our small group too? Not always helpful.
We all need to understand how Jesus, and being a follower of his, will affect our marriages, parenting, finances, identity, spending habits etc.
How “gospel fluent” are we?
“Gospel fluency” is the ability to connect the gospel to all these different areas of life and not just a ticket to “the good place” in the afterlife. It’s a belief that the gospel has bearing on what we do in the here and now and that it has bearing in the decisions and discussions of regular life. It’s being fluent in the true breadth of the gospel of Christ.