The operating principle of religion is “I obey therefore I am accepted” but the operating principle of the gospel is “I am accepted therefore I obey.”
The gospel is not just the ABCs of the Christian life, it is the A to Z. It is by the gospel, the good news of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ministry that we are not only brought in to the Kingdom, but it is the way we grow at every step. In this video, Tim Keller speaks at theÂ Advance Conference 2011, helping us to see the gospel as not just the goal of mission, but also the means by which we are changed from the inside out.
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Dr. Timothy KellerÂ is founder and pastor of New Yorkâ€™sÂ Redeemer Presbyterian ChurchÂ in Manhattan. Over the past 20 years, the church has grown to five services at three sites, with a weekly attendance of over 5,000. Named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Churches in America, Kellerâ€™s ministry is notable not only for winning over New Yorkers who are skeptical to faith, but also for its missional approach, planting more than 100 churches thoughÂ Redeemer City to City. He is theÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ The Reason for God,Â The Prodigal God, andÂ Counterfeit Gods. He blogs atÂ Redeemer City to City.