"gospelizing"

Gospel - literally, “good news.”

As Christians, we tend to think of the gospel in terms of ideas, beliefs, and religious constructs. To share the gospel - often part of our “testimony” - is to explain the significance of the Christian faith, making clear the credibility of belief in God revealed in Jesus Christ.

In the process, however, we neglect an important fact in the New Testament story: “gospel” is often a verb. Unlike a noun, a verb describes action. We don’t simply share “the gospel” as an idea (noun), but we live it out with our whole lives (verb). As Bruxy Cavey suggests, Christians go about “good-newsing” the world, “gospelizing” the people around us in word and action. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” means your whole life (Mt. 22:37).

So, how you drive, how you treat others in the grocery store, how you respond to the homeless women on the sidewalk, how you resolve conflict with your neighbor, how you treat your boss...all these things matter because they are part of the “good news.”

As we consider, then, how to share the gospel may we recognize that this “good news” isn’t merely an idea to agree with, but a whole-life-lived reflecting the ongoing transformation of Jesus in our midst - the gospel “written on our hearts, known and read by everyone” (2 Cor. 3:2).

This reflection is based on a conference I attended last week with pastor/teacher/writer, Bruxy Cavey of The Meeting House.

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