Recently, a friend of mine challenged me to capture what the story of Charis is in a simple statement. He meant, I think, “what has been the driving narrative of Charis? What “story” has captured our hearts and our imaginations and has made Charis the kind of community it is.”
There were some clear components that came to my mind immediately.
- The grace of God.
- The Gospel of Christ.
- The love God has for sinners.
- People from all backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, political affiliations, socio-economic classes, coming together around the broken body and shed blood of Christ.
Eventually, all of these stunning realities morphed into a simple statement for me…
“Whoever you are, wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done…we have good news for you.”
Religious people need to hear the good news about Jesus. Irreligious people need to hear the good news about Jesus. Wealthy people need to hear the good news about Jesus. Financially poor people need to hear the good news about Jesus. Moral and immoral, black and white, cool and awkward, introvert and extravert, Jew and Gentile – the Gospel is good news for everyone.
The Gospel is good news for YOU today. Christ loved YOU and gave himself for YOU.
But the Gospel is not only good news for YOU. It’s good news for EVERYONE.
Look for ways this week to let your family know, your neighbors know, your co-workers know, those who offend you and hurt you know – whoever they are, wherever they’ve been, whatever they’ve done – you have good news for them.
Romans 5:6-8:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.