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A Life That Needs Gospel Explanation

Jeff Vanderstelt is Vice President of the Acts 29 Network, and has been sharing with Scott Thomas on how his church engages their communities on mission. Here Jeff shares about living in such a way that unbelievers ask questions that only the gospel can answer.

1 Peter 2:12 – Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

1 Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

In this video:

1. Live a life that can’t be understood unless the gospel is true.

2. An example of gospel-living: radical generosity in tipping at restaurants.

3. Consistent, gospel-centered living in all areas of life.

4. Avoiding moralism in good deeds.

5. Effective discipleship occurs when leaders are on mission with their people.

6. An example of gospel-centered living: eating as worship.

7. Church busy-ness kills church mission.

Jeff Vanderstelt: “For example, radical generosity – people who tip waiters way beyond what they deserve – requires a gospel explanation. Go to the same restaurant regularly, and even if they’re having a terrible day and their service reflects that, blow them away. Give them an amazing tip. Do that a few times. Eventually they’re going to realize that something’s different about you – because nobody tips according to bad service, they only tip if they got something good for it. But the gospel tells us: we got something good that we don’t deserve for our bad service. That’s gospel-tipping… it gives me an opportunity to talk about the gospel.”