Whatever: To Embrace the Beauty of the Gospel
July 18, 2016
…for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. 2 Corinthians 8:21
We talked on Sunday about how the word honorable in the above passage comes from the Greek word “kalos” which can mean a kind of beauty that causes all those to see it to take notice. It’s the same word Jesus uses in Matthew 5:16.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works (kalos) and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Paul says that this “kalos” is their aim. With that in mind we talked about how our aim as a church is to live, give, work, share, and serve in such a way that everything we do (in word and deed) points to the beauty (kalos) of the Gospel. This is our aim!
As the church we carry this light, this beauty, this treasure in jars of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7). Here are a few passages that help to convey the identity of the church because of what Christ has done.
1 Peter 2:4-10
1 Timothy 3:14-16
1 Corinthians 5:21
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
2 Corinthians 4:1-7
A few questions for application:
- How does a clear understanding of our aim impact how we serve?
- When have you been truly inspired by excellence or beauty in a way that caused you to want to “give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
- What does this look like as it relates to Sunday worship services?
- How do aspects and details of a church service that do not directly involve sharing the Gospel still communicate God’s love? (coffee, greeters, safe and secure children’s areas, etc.)
- Some churches get too caught up in appearances and go to great lengths to provide an excellent, exciting, and even entertaining experience for their guests that they forget the aim is the Gospel. How do we maintain balance in striving for excellence while keeping the Gospel our clear aim?
- How does the beauty of the Gospel inspire you to live differently on a daily basis?
- Take time to pray as a small group that FPC would be a community who’s light shines with the beauty of Christ so that all we are and all we do points to who He and what he has done. Pray that God will prepare us in every way for the new chapter we are entering as move into a new ministry space that all those who walk through our doors would “see our good works (in Christ Jesus) and give glory to our Father who is in heaven!”