I just noticed a new feature on our website, at the end of the Foundational Principles section. (I’m forever referring people to our Foundational Principles as a great starting point, so I notice new things quickly.)
This new section is called The Gospel of Peace Mirrored Through Peacemaking, and it’s a thorough statement of the Gospel through the lense of peacemaking. When I was in seminary, one of my professors said that the Gospel is like a diamond, beautiful viewed through any one of its facets, but most beautiful when you see the light of God’s love reflecting in each of its facets. The following statement, I think, is one way of polishing one of those facets.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and
live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:1).
The gospel is the good news that the King has come,
as promised in the Holy Scriptures,
in the person and loving work of Jesus Christ,
the Son of God, Prince of Peace, Savior of the world, Lord of all;
who died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected from the dead,
sending forth his Spirit and Word to give us life through a new heart and spirit,
forgiving all who will believe in him and crediting to us his perfect righteousness,
reconciling and uniting us to the Father and adopting us as dearly loved children,
and giving to us the supreme gift of knowing and enjoying God in Christ forever.
Having given us peace with God, Jesus enables us to mirror his peace to others by:
inspiring us to love, worship, glorify, obey, and serve God with all our hearts,
uniting us in spirit and purpose with other believers in his body, the Church,
empowering us to lovingly restore and forgive others, even our enemies,
enabling us to put off sinful ways and be renewed in his likeness,
and making us ambassadors of his life-giving, reconciling power.
If you click on this link, you will see a list of Scripture references supporting each line in this statement of the Gospel.