My favorite part of our Navigators calling is right up front and is a main reason why The Navigators exists in the first place, “to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom”. Many have asked me what does it mean to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom? Before we answer that I think we need to understand what the gospel of Jesus is before we can move towards advancing it (More on that in our section on Evangelism).
Simply put, the gospel is the “good news about Jesus Christ”. Author D.A. Carson does a wonderful job of walking us through a detailed explanation what exactly this ‘good news’ about Jesus Christ is:
Long time Navigators staff Jerry Bridges says, “The gospel is not the most important message in history; it is the only essential message in all of history. Yet we allow thousands of professing Christians to live their entire lives without clearly understanding it and experiencing the joy of living their lives by it.” Jerry says that to do this followers of Christ must preach the gospel to ourselves every day. What does this look like in practical terms? Here is Jerry again,
To preach the gospel to yourself, then, means that you continually face up to your own sinfulness and then flee to Jesus through faith in His shed blood and righteous life. It means that you appropriate, again by faith, the fact that Jesus fully satisfied the law of God, that He is your propitiation, and that God’s holy wrath is no longer directed toward you. To preach the gospel to yourself means that you take at face value the precious words of Romans 4:7-8: “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”
A goal that we have for all of the students in our Pasifika Navigators ministry is to come to a clear understanding of the gospel message and to experience the joy of living their lives by it each and every day. To do this we can begin by knowing the gospel and then preaching it ourselves, or reminding ourselves of it’s glorious truth, every day.
What could be more important than beginning each day with a fresh understanding of the great work of the gospel and its application to your life? Why not begin ‘preaching the gospel to yourself’ today?