What could be more basic than the gospel? It’s the entry point to the Christian life. The gospel itself is basic, foundational, and logically simple.

Yet you’ll never outgrow it. You’ll never move on from it. You’ll never be done with it.

If you ever decide that you are ready to move past the gospel, then you need to hear the gospel all over again.

The gospel is the amazing truth that God has acted in history to reverse the effects of the fall and restore us to Himself. He has done this in the person of Jesus Christ. God’s plan of redemption started the moment Adam and Eve fell into sin. It was carried in promises and covenants to His people—most notably Abraham, Moses, and David. The plan followed the people of Israel and finally came to its culmination in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus did for humanity what we could not do for ourselves (see Hebrews 2). He reconciled us to God (see 2 Corinthians 5). He recreates us into the Spirit-filled people who now carry on His mission (see Romans 8, Ephesians 2, and basically the whole New Testament). And that’s just for starters.

The gospel reminds us that we are saved by grace. There’s nothing we can do to save ourselves. All our efforts to this effect are futile. Were it not for God’s intervention in Christ, we would remain dead in our trespasses and sins. God’s grace is a free gift—we cannot earn it, we cannot pay Him back for it, we can only thank Him and live lives worthy of our calling.

So here’s the question: How could you outgrow such a game-changing truth?

You may think that the gospel is too basic. “Sure, I learned about receiving God’s grace, but now I have to move on to…” On to what? On to something other than receiving God’s grace? Any move “beyond” the grace-centered reality of the gospel is a movement into false religion. We can learn more about it, discover in ever new and fresh ways the significance of it, and saturate our minds in the entirety of God’s revelation about this amazing plan of redemption—but none of this is the same thing as outgrowing the gospel.

The gospel invites us into the life of Christ and His church, but it also gives us wisdom and power over sin. Do you really think there is some strategy, medication, or counselor that could be more effective in dealing with your sin than the grace of God as told in the gospel?

I’m not suggesting that we make efforts to avoid education, pursue closed-mindedness, or read only certain sections of the Bible. Far from it. In fact, education, open-mindedness, and reading all of the Bible are all ways to see the gospel, its implications, and its power more clearly.

All I’m saying is that while the gospel is foundational, we cannot afford to leave it behind. That’s how a foundation works. It’s your starting point, yes, but it affects and remains connected to everything you build upon it. Every moment of our Christian lives should be shaped by the gospel. Every deep theological thought we ponder should be saturated by the gospel. Every worldly philosophy or “mindless” piece of entertainment we participate in should be seen through the lens of the gospel.

The gospel literally changes everything. So let it change you at every moment until the day you die.

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Mark Beuving

Mark Beuving currently serves as Associate Pastor at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA. Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. Mark now teaches online adjunct for Eternity. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is the author of “Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music” and the co-author with Francis Chan of “Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples.” Mark lives in Rocklin with his wife and two daughters.

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