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The Gospel Class

The Gospel Class

A six-session class designed to teach you how the gospel informs and shapes the whole of life.

Each session of the Gospel Class demonstrates how the gospel is to stand at the very center of everything we are to believe and do (Romans 1:16). Further, while the Gospel Class is open to anyone who attends Anthem Church—Christians and non-Christians, long-time guests and newcomers—it serves as a prequisite for covenant membership

IDENTITY

{Believing the Gospel}

The Gospel was first proclaimed to us in God’s holy Word. We believe the bible is inerrant and complete, so we turn to it to understand the relationship between God and humanity. It is only here that we can find answers to the following crucial questions: 

  • Who made us and to whom are we accountable?
  • What is our problem? Are we in trouble and why?
  • What is God’s solution to that problem?
  • What makes this good news for us or anyone else?
  • How do we lay hold of it and accept it?

WORSHIP

{Responding to the Gospel}

In this session, we seek to understand worship beyond place and form of expression. Worship is a biblically faithful understanding of God combined with a biblically faithful response to him. Conversely, idolatry is an unbiblical, unfaithful understanding of God, and/or an unbiblical, unfaithful response to him. Jesus makes it explicit and central that place and form of expression is not what makes worship true worship. What makes worship what God commanded it to be is what happens in spirit and in truth (John 4:23), with or without place and ritualized expression, in response to the Gospel.

COMMUNITY

{Living the Gospel}

Biblical community is an interdependent group of people who are growing in their devotion to Christ, one another and the cause of the Gospel. Community should be common fare in the church. It should be more than "fellowship," just hanging out or feeling like you have friends. Too often, our longing for and experience of community can subtly displace the gospel. Biblical community is much, much more than this. Biblical community is significant not because it makes you feel significant, but because it recognizes that Jesus is our common source of significance. The gospel, not people, becomes the means to the end of our identity. Our sense of acceptance flows from our relationship with Christ which, in turn, frees us to love and serve one another, instead of judging, demanding or ostracizing. We become a "one-another" community, freed by the gospel to love and serve each other. We are never too spiritually mature for the gospel, therefore, never too spiritually mature for community. True, authentic, biblical community is marked by a series of life-changing characteristics covered in this session.

MISSION

{Advancing the Gospel}

Living on mission requires us to engage an unchurched world with the message of the gospel. We must do this in a way that considers the time and place in which we live and the impact that time and place has on us and our neighbors. For those at Anthem Church, it is particularly Marin that must be treated as a mission field the same way that Christians have approached the rest of the developing world for the last several centuries. We believe that we were placed here, in this time and place, by God to reach the specific set of “neighbors” He’s given us. To them we must imitate the incarnation. As Jesus did with us here on earth, we say to our culture: “We come to you, learn your language, learn your interests, and meet your needs.”

STEWARDSHIP

{Treasuring the Gospel}

The Bible has much to say about our money and possessions – probably because God knows the state of the human heart and how we are so easily swayed by things of this world. Like any other area of our Christian life, it is imperative that we have good theology and that our doctrine penetrates how we actually live. God does bless us, but it is for the purpose of giving Him the glory and not ourselves. It is so easy to fall prey to the love of money. Greed falls close to the flesh of every human. In large part it could be said that American culture is currently built upon the premise of greed.

SCRIPTURES

{Preserving the Gospel}

We are to contend for what we believe about God (Jude 3). However, no one is born with a clear comprehension of who God is. In an effort to know about God, various philosophers and religious leaders present their speculations about God with seemingly endless and contradictory declarations. Nevertheless, God chose to lift the fog of human speculation by divine revelation. Whereas speculation is the human attempt to comprehend God, revelation is God’s communication to humanity with clarity that is otherwise impossible. The result of that revelation is the sixty-six books of Scripture. In our final session, we will cover questions such as:

  • How were the sixty-six books of the Bible chosen?
  • How did Jesus and the Apostles view Scripture?
  • Why should I trust that the Bible is accurate?

For more information on the Gospel Class or to enroll, please logon to The City.