The Gospel is God's Appointed Means
'"The gospel" is a phrase that Christians often use without fully understanding its significance. We speak the language of the gospel, but we rarely apply the gospel to every aspect of our lives. Yet this is exactly what God wants for us. The gospel is nothing less than "the power of God" (Rom. 1:16). In Colossians 1:6, the apostle Paul commends the Colossian church because the gospel has been "bearing fruit and growing... among [them] since the day [they] heard it." The apostle Peter teaches that a lack of ongoing transformation in our lives comes from forgetting what God has done for us in the gospel (2 Peter 1:3-9). If we are to grow into maturity in Christ, we must deepen and enlarge our understanding of the gospel as God's appointed means for personal and communal transformation." - Bob Thune & Will Walker, The Gospel-Center Life study.