The video below is a panel discussion from The Gospel Coalition with Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung, Jonathan Leeman, and Trevin Wax. The conversation centers on the Great Commission and the mission of the local church.

Gospel, Mission, and the Church from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Topics discussed:

  • The Gospel: Creation/Fall/Redemption/Restoration vs. God/Man/Christ/Response
  • The centrality of the cross in our gospel presentations
  • Confusing the gospel and its implications or the fall and its implications
  • 9Marks and Acts 29: Two camps in dialogue
  • Mission of the church and the meaning of “missional”
  • How our cultural contexts form the way we react to “missional”
  • Taking care in not overwhelming people with mission
  • The role of the church in mercy ministries
  • How local churches are staying cross-centered while engaged in mercy ministry
  • Should a pastor have a defensive or offensive posture when it comes to the gospel and mission?

Here are a few thought-provoking quotes:

Matt Chandler: “The atoning work of Christ is the gravitational pull on the mission and the gospel. If you tell the meta-narrative without the atoning work of Christ, you are no longer telling the meta-narrative.”

Jonathan Leeman: “Our entire lives are the backdrop for speaking gospel words.”

Trevin Wax: “We are suspicious of anything that sounds like it could be used as theological cover to not get engaged in mission.”

Kevin DeYoung:”Our mission is to make disciples of Christ as servants of people; our mission is not to serve people as disciples of Christ.”

Matt Chandler: “Our fundamental posture is offensive in nature. I want my fundamental posture, standing firm on the Word of God, to be: We have a saving, delivering God who is going to save others in this city.

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5 thoughts on “Gospel, Mission, and the Church: A TGC Panel Discussion”

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  2. Derek says:

    Some of this stuff is quite interesting. For example, Kevin DeYoung’s opening comments and his fear of talk of a “Gospel Story” may lead to universalism…

    But other parts – such as Matt Chandler’s quote above – seem to my mind to be reaction statements that are hardly worth saying. For example, I don’t know anyone who speaks of the meta-narrative without talking about the atonement work of Christ in some way. After all, the atoning work of Christ IS the climax of the Covenant (<— to use the title of a book from our favourite meta-narrative scholar! :) )

    On the whole it was a good discussion.

  3. Tj says:

    Very interesting, I have much to ponder!

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