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Monday Memo - March 17

Our leadership teams have begun to reflect upon what it means to be Gospel centered people and a Gospel centered church. I have started to put some things on paper that I would like to begin sharing with you. It is not settled stuff, but rather the beginning of my collection of thoughts that come from contemplation, reading of others, and the context of our local experience of the Gospel here at GFC. Thought you might want to join in the journey with me.

The Gospel is God’s message of good news, the good news that Jesus Christ came to live, die and rise again to secure forgiveness of sin, divine righteousness, and eternal life, for anyone who simply believes in Him alone. This good news is the ultimate source of healing for individual and relational brokenness and for the universal reconciliation of all things.

The Gospel creates the reality that we are more sinful/deceitful than we can fathom, and at the same time more loved than we dare believe. This reality is the deepest motivation for true change and growth for both unbelievers and believers. Only a deep “owning” of the Gospel can free us from our tightly held, yet destructive objects (idols) that we cling to for our significance and security.

If you have read these words quickly …and with a bit of a yawn, I pray in the coming weeks, God will revive in you, me and others a deeper grasp of this “glorious Gospel.” Read it again, and add some verses like Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:1, Galatians 2:20.

GFC is planning some great opportunities for us to dwell on the Gospel and what Christ has done for us during this special time of year, including a Good Friday service on Friday, April 19th.  

And don’t forget, preach the Gospel to yourself today. Nothing matters more! See you this Sunday!

P.S. Operation Cooperation is under way! Find out more by clicking here.

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   



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