The Total (3-D) Gospel


Sermon for Willowdale CRC, August 24, 2008

Text: Colossians 1:15-23

(This is the first time I started toying around with the image of a 3D-Christianity. Initially, I was using the language of a Total Gospel, as opposed to Half-Gospels. But I am prefering the 3D image these days. I am not sure any longer if I like the way I named the three dimensions or three commissions. I am leaning towards renaming them, or at least, focusing on dimensions rather than commissions. Since this was preached in a Christian Reformed Church, you will pardon me for the Reformed emphasis for those of you readers who aren’t from the Reformed persuasion.)

I am going to start by making a very bold statement: I believe that the majority of Christians only know, proclaim and live out one dimensional gospels, rather than the total [three-dimensional] gospel. Let me repeat that: I believe that the majority of Christians only know, proclaim and live out one dimensional gospels, rather than the total gospel.  What do I mean by one-dimensional gospels? Well, first, let me explain to you what I believe the total gospel is. Then, I will explain what I mean by one-dimensional gospels. And then, I am going to explore the implications of a total gospel for our lives. Continue reading “The Total (3-D) Gospel”