The Gospel Story-arc Worldview
I have several things in mind when I refer to the Gospel Story-arc. The first is a specific way of messaging the gospel, one that expands our telling of who Jesus is in relation to the larger overall story told in the Bible.
But there is so much more.
Here's a list of some of the other things I also have in mind:
- the story structure of the Bible and a larger set of plot points to provide context for study, and for understanding smaller slices of the biblical text
- the contrast in communication dynamics between message efficiency (as in something like "the Romans Road") versus message expansion (as represented in the Gospel Story-arc)
- a method for attracting people to listen to gospel presentations
- a worldview that guides our understanding of God's activity in history, along with his plan for the future
The last item is so critical. Christianity offers a worldview that is totally different from any other, a worldview that focuses on God, and on his Son, Jesus Christ, a worldview that promises life, not just in the future, but also here and now.
Worldview is so much more than philosophy. Worldview connects directly to the pain that people hold in their hearts, sometimes only latently, but often very actively. The gospel of our Lord is the solution to their pain, not just in relation to forgiveness from sin, but connected also to an even greater supply of spiritual blessings poured out on us now from the heavenlies in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 1:3).
So when I refer to the Gospel Story-arc, I have in mind leveraging the differences between a Christian and non-Christian worldview. Our use of the Gospel Story-arc underscores the differences, not as add-ons to faith, but as incentives to do what the Thessalonians did—"turn to God from idols, to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come."