Keller notes two tendencies among modern evangelicals which pull them in different, yet equally unhealthy directions. "One is pietism, which is a 'completely inward' Christianity oriented toward 'Jesus just wants you to be happy' prosperity. The other extreme is partisanship which errs by politicizing the gospel according to rigid partisan criteria that demand “package deal alignment: you cannot be a true Christian conservative or progressive unless you tow the party line on every issue."
"The urgency and ubiquity of sin demands, as ever, that the gospel be preached and shared," the article explains. "That’s why we at TGC are committing ourselves anew to evangelism and the Great Commission." TGC carefully clarifies that a renewed focus on evangelism should not come with watering down Scripture, calling Christians to greater biblical literacy, or "robust discipleship". On the contrary, “if the Christian life is shaped and guided by Scripture, then evangelism is about relaying what the Bible really teaches,” TGC executive director Ben Peays said.
2. Unity and Fellowship
A crippling lack of unity has been a challenge for the church since its creation. TGC is “trying to stay true to the Reformation, but in an interdenominational sort of way,” and will continue to "enact unity and fellowship is through conferences and events, where diverse gatherings of men and women come together to fellowship, connect and, most importantly, worship God together."
3. Biblical Literacy
TGC notes that it's hardly a surprise that politics have eclipsed theology in the life of the modern evangelical: "politics is everywhere in our lives—in our social media feeds, on TV, radio, even on the football field—while our Bibles collect dust." With goals such as "healthier churches, transformed lives and communities, new vigor in evangelism, stronger defenses against the errant philosophies of our day, and ultimately new converts," TGC will fight to promote biblical literacy in 2018.
4. Training and Formation
"To combat the crisis in formation plaguing the Western church," the article continues, "TGC is committed to providing biblically sound resources and training to help Christians—both adults and children—become more like Jesus and less like the world." Through an immense number of online resources, books, training courses, and more, TGC seeks to train up Christians for God's kingdom in 2018.
5. Prophetic from the Center
"Christianity speaks prophetically to every age insofar as it speaks from unchanging gospel," the article concludes. "This gospel brings healing and hope in a world of fear. It also confronts every idol and calls everyone to costly discipleship...Our own happiness is not the center. Political power and cultural relevance is not our center. The gospel is our center."
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