Be-living the Gospel


Over the last while I have been thinking a lot of what it means to live out my Christian faith.  I have been challenged by two thoughts in particular: spiritual growth is proven more by behaviour than by beliefs and spiritual growth is not automatic – it is intentional.

In other words, living out my Christian faith means living out my Christian faith!

Recently I came across an article called “Rethinking Discipleship” by Bruce Clemenger who is the president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC).  This article really resonated with me.

The article talks about the influence of secularism in Canada today and why a reconsideration of discipleship is critical.

Here is part of the article:

A reconsideration of discipleship is critical for all of us who live in this ethos and is, perhaps, an entry point by which we can examine the doctrines nurtured by our culture.  The Christian mission, as articulated in the recent Lausanne Congress is, characterized by “our love for the whole gospel, our live for the whole Church, our love for the whole world.”

That is an all-encompassing response to the gospel.  It is also a description of what it means to be a disciple.

In some evangelism and discipleship courses I have attended, evangelism was about how to introduce a person to Jesus.  Discipleship was a program of Bible study that would bring a new believer to the place of being able to introduce another to Jesus.

While this is a critical part of discipleship, in itself it is a very narrow and a truncated understanding consistent with the narrowing of the expression of faith.

At the EFC we have begun using the phrase “be-living the gospel” to describe the integrated lives we are called to live: belief and practice, word and deed, proclamation and demonstration.  The evidence of our faith is how we live: the evangel difference.  This is discipleship.

You can read the whole article HERE.

I absolutely love that phrase “be-living the gospel.”

I can’t of a better way to describe the life that we have been called to live as Christians.

What do you think of the phrase “be-living the gospel”?

Categories: Christian living


  • Jeremy Myers says:

    I love that phrase also!

    The gospel is so much more than just a set of facts to believe. There is so much in the Gospel that must also be lived.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • TC Avey says:

    I love that phrase. God has been showing me many things about discipleship training and living our lives in such a way that people can’t help but know we are Christians. I feel God is telling His people to trust Him and to walk in His light.

    I don’t usually post on Thursdays, but God laid something on my heart last night that I had to share today- it goes so well with your post that I felt I should tell you and your readers about it. If you have time, please check it out.

  • I couldn’t agree more. Sharing our faith is extremely important, but that’s not the end of being a disciple and many have that impression based on discipleship training they’ve received. We have to be be-living the Gospel–I like it! Thanks Kevin.

  • Mika Castro says:

    Gospel is very important for us especially when we take it seriously especially on church. Gospels are one way of telling true stories about god.

  • Nicole Schuman says:

    I’m so agreeing with you. Your faith in God never really measures on how seldom you go to church or how often you’d pray but from within. Thanks for sharing this.. Good job!

  • Rick Powell says:

    Thanks for the encouragement Kevin! I think Galatians 2:20 sums up what it means to be living the gospel: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me”

  • Steve-Personal Success Factors says:

    Living out the Gospel is a challenge we certainly cannot do on our own. The longer I live the Christian faith, the more of a mystery it is to me. Essentially, it’s a marriage of my will to God’s will, so that I am actively deciding to obey His voice in me and in Scripture.

  • In a way, it’s the only way to live. If we are saved, following, serving the Lord, we must grow, mature, walk in His path and leave behind us the “un”-living elements that would cause neighbors, family, friends to refuse to walk our direction when they saw our ungodly attitude or thoroughly legalistic facial expression.

    I sure need to “be-living”… instantly and constantly.

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