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The Gospel in 3 Dimensions

April 20, 2009

On Sunday we launched a new series called The Gospel and the Gospel as a follow up to our previous series on The Gospel and Character. The gospel is both simple and complex. We affirm that it is simple enough for a child to grasp but complex enough to ponder for all eternity. This new series focuses on some of the complex, doctrinal content of the gospel in order to come to a greater appreciation of its simplicity. In this article, Tim Keller lays out three perspectives on the gospel (Doctrinal, Personal, Social). We have taken his observations and worked them out quite a bit in order to set up a holistic, gospel framework. We use the word “dimensions” instead of “perspectives” to emphasize that each dimension is non-negotiable. If we receive and reflect only one-dimension, we distort both the gospel and our lives. Very often, Christians pick one or two dimensions and end up dishonoring Christ and his gospel. Our hope is that in understanding the fullness of a three-dimensional gospel, we will more profoundly live it out. If you want to grow in your comprehension and reflection of the gospel, I highly recommend that you take advantage of these resources:

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Melissa Navarro permalink
    April 21, 2009 12:11 pm

    Sunday’s message was great. Thank you for digging deep into the meaning of the gospel with us. God is using you in ways I’m not sure you know.

  2. Ginger permalink
    April 23, 2009 11:46 am

    Hey, were these the articles you were talking about last night?

    I am not having fun with this. :)

  3. April 23, 2009 12:37 pm

    Yes, start with the first one and then go to the third one. Enjoy! :)

  4. Joanna permalink
    April 30, 2009 9:48 am

    Wow, these articles are heart-changing, to be sure. I know and believe the Gospel is the answer, but now I understand it more holistically and know how one can explain it.

    Thanks for posting these!

  5. April 30, 2009 11:06 am

    Great to hear! You bet.

  6. January 29, 2010 1:54 am

    Hi Jonathan,

    I’ve benefited greatly from your blogs.

    I’m really keen to access your article “The Gospel in Three Dimensions”, but the following link seems to be blank:

    Can you help?


    Pierre Queripel
    Church on the Ridge
    South Africa



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