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The Explicit Gospel: Part 2

"I get to work at a place where I have the opportunity to think about the gospel deeply and think about how our staff can embody the gospel day-and-day-out."

Last week, I shared with you about a book our faculty and staff has been discussing throughout the year titled The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler. I shared about Chandler's impetus in writing the book and introduced the two vantage points of the gospel he presents: the gospel on the ground and the gospel in the air.

The gospel on the ground expounds the following four areas: God, man, Christ, and response. The "ground" is a reference for the person and work of Christ on our behalf as individuals called to repent and believe. It is a micro level look at how the gospel transforms us as individuals. The gospel in the air develops biblical metanarrative of the Christian faith – creation, fall, reconciliation, and consummation. Chandler delves into how the New Testament "connects human salvation to cosmic restoration." Both vantage points, the gospel in the air and the gospel on the ground, are helpful in understanding the wonderment of our salvation in Christ.

The discussions we had as a faculty and staff were rich, and at one point I thought to myself, "I get to work at a place where I have the opportunity to think about the gospel deeply and think about how our staff can embody the gospel day-and-day-out." Our heart at ECS is not just information. It is transformation. May God give all of us wisdom to by side by side for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).