From 4 laws to 4 circles

I’ve spent over a year studying, writing, and speaking about the enormity and limitless nature of the Gospel. I continue to believe that the concerns facing the Church in an increasingly post-Christendom North America will not be remedied by mere technique or style (a conviction I adopted from Darrell Guder in his book Missional Church). Our issues are much deeper and are rooted in our understanding of not-so-insignificant things like God’s nature, the nature of the Church, salvation, election, the meaning of the Gospel, etc. A large part of the solution, I believe, is the reclamation of a Gospel that is not truncated by the clergy or hijacked by the culture- a robust Gospel.

If the Gospel is so big, how then do we succinctly share it with others? The vastness of the Gospel seems to defy “packaging.” Our attempts to diagram it always seem to leave us wanting. Yet I believe in the importance of equipping people to share verbally the Good News of salvation and restoration in Jesus Christ. As a church leader, I want to give people as many tools as possible to help them proficiently communicate God’s truth in words, not to diminish the role of embodiment and action in Gospel proclamation.

Here is one such tool I have been teaching myself. It’s called the 4 Circles. It was developed by James Choung, a national leader with InterVarsity. I am linking here the Christianity Today article that provides a description and background to this new diagram/method of sharing the Gospel. Choung argues that older methods focused on propositional truths and centered on the individual do not connect well with the emerging generation that speaks more in story and desires to help heal a broken world. The question young people are asking, he says, is not “Is it true?” or “Is it real?” but rather “Is it good?” Check it out and leave your feedback.

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