Having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out
everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we,
who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
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We were created as people with a purpose, and that purpose is exemplified in the gospel. The gospel is the power of God. When it is declared compellingly from the Scriptures, amazing things happen. Lives are changed, families are restored, neighborhoods are renewed, and whole cities can be changed. So we will preach the gospel. We will counsel with the gospel. We will celebrate the gospel in song.
We will remember the gospel with bread and cup. We will learn to live in
light of the gospel in every sphere of life. From our personal lives, to our homes,
to our neighborhoods, to the vocations we take in the city.