The Gospel for All of Life
2015 PREACHING SERIES AT WESTGATE CHURCH
2015 marks Westgate’s fortieth year as a congregation. It’s an exciting milestone as we reflect back on all that God has done since a handful of college students from Park Street Church joined up with a small Bible study meeting in Weston. But it’s also a good occasion for us to look forward as a church, particularly as we seek God to make our vision a reality.
God has called us to be a gospel-centered community living each day on mission for Christ. But what does it really mean for the gospel to be at the center of everything? What difference should that make in our hearts, in how we do church, in our relationships at home, our aspirations at school, our attitude at work, our posture in the public square, or our global perspective?
The gospel is the good news of what God has done to establish his kingdom and deal with our sin through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit. But too often we view the gospel as something small and introductory—an entry point, the elementary things of faith.
The gospel is so much bigger than that. Because the grace of God in Jesus is bigger than that. It literally changes everything. As the apostle Paul points out in his letter to Titus, the same grace that saves us also teaches us to say no to sin and yes to godliness (Tit. 2:11-14; cf. 3:3-8). Or as pastor and author Tim Keller reminds us, “The gospel is not just the ABCs but the A to Z of the Christian life. It is inaccurate to think the gospel is what saves non-Christians, and then Christians mature by trying hard to live according to biblical principles. It is more accurate to say that we are saved by believing the gospel, and then we are transformed in every part of our minds, hearts, and lives by believing the gospel more deeply as life goes on” (Center Church, 48).
We are committed to the centrality of the gospel in everything. We want everything about our lives, relationships, and ministries to flow out of and point back to the good news of Jesus. For this reason, we are devoting our worship services in 2015 to exploring and applying the practical realities of the gospel for everyday life.
So if you’re in the MetroWest area of Boston, join us this year as we consider the gospel in me (Jan-Feb), the gospel in the church (Mar-Apr), the gospel at home (May-Jun), the gospel at school (Jun-Jul), the gospel at work (Aug-Sept), the gospel in the public square (Sept-Nov), and the gospel to the ends of the earth (Nov-Dec). In other words, join us as we explore and apply the gospel for all of life.