Who is Matt Heard? A brief interview
If you are unable to be at the convention next week, I will be tweeting quotes @JL_Martin as well as posting on this blog what is going on. Check back next week Thursday, Friday and Saturday for my thoughts from the convention.
I think many of us in churches are tragically less fluent than we should be regarding the grand “why” of the Gospel. Other than the forgiveness of sins and admission into heaven (both of which are marvelous), we often seem to be a bit muddled about what else the Gospel is actually for. Moral guidelines? Church involvement? Acts of compassion?
How do you see the church straying from the gospel message in 2016?
As we return to the gospel, how will that change the impact we have on our communities and world?
- Lives lived with a cadence of freedom to experience fulfilled humanity that is birthed by God’s acceptance, grace, and truth through Christ.
- Hearts that are engaged with the significance of what it means to be human.
- A renewed intentionality to taste God-authored beauty on a daily basis, leading to deeper intimacy with God as the Author of that beauty.
- Embracing Scripture, not just as a corrective or informative religious manual, but as a restorative source of illumination for being fully human under Christ’s authority and leadership.
- A purposeful participation in the great Story of God’s restoration of His glory on this planet.
- Worship of God that is vibrant, daily, and “all-of-life.”
- Authentic love that is soundly biblical, grace-based, and therefore Life-giving – a love that is the foundation of our unity and the fuel of our mission.
- An embrace of the privileged gift of time allotted to each of us and the daily calling we each have to truly Live as images of God and seek His purposes.
- An honest acknowledgement of the world’s fallenness companioned with a hopeful posture of brokenness that seeks to steward our broken experiences under Christ’s leadership.
- And a hope of heaven that, instead of merely offering an escape from our days, alters how we actually experience them.