i n t r o d u c i n g . . .With Redemption, expect to hear about Jesus and the gospel. A lot. Gospel clarity is our highest value. Seriously.
The gospel is the good news about Jesus' life, death, resurrection, ascension, sending of the Spirit, intercession, and promised return in glorious victory. The gospel can be simply stated: "God loves you now, right now. He doesn’t love some future version of you that tries harder, is more obedient, that pays him back for your sins, or that proves that you deserve love. While you were a sinner he died for you because he loved you, and he still loves you now" (Justin & Lindsey Holcomb).
So why is Redemption so passionate about this good news? Because this good news changes our lives! Seriously! Darrin Patrick describes the benefits Jesus gives to those who trust him: "The blessings that Christ has procured for us through his death and resurrection are immeasurable." Darrin did the hard work of listing the immeasureable blessings that Jesus' death on the cross gives believers as gift:
|reconciliation with God (2 Corinthians 5:19)||forgiveness of sins (Colossians 2:13)||propitiation (Romans 3:25)|
|the ability to live for God (2 Corinthians 5:15)||eternal life (John 3:16)||justification (Romans 4:25)|
|inheritance in heaven (Ephesians 1:11)||righteousness (Philippians 3:9-10)||healing (1 Peter 2:24)|
|bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:22)||intercession for the weak (Hebrews 7:25)||peace (Isaiah 53:5)|
|freedom (Galatians 5:1)||unity among believers (Ephesians 2:11-22)||an example (1 Peter 2:21)|
|redemption (Romans 3:24)||advocacy (1 John 2:1)||all things (Romans 8:32)|
|hope (Romans 5:1-11)||wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30)||regeneration (1 Peter 1:3)|
|access to God’s presence (Hebrews 10:19)||deliverance from fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15)|
Here are two excellent books we use with Redemption to explore the gospel together.