Via Justin Taylor I learn that Gospel Coalition bloggers will be answering the question this week "How do Christians work for justice in the world and not undermine the centrality of evangelism?"
D.A. Carson was first at bat, and one of his ways listed was this: By learning, with careful study of Scripture, just what the gospel is, becoming passionately excited about this gospel, and then distinguishing between the gospel and its entailments.
That prompts a good question unto itself: How do we distinguish between the gospel and its entailments?
I was grateful this question came up, even though briefly, during a Q&A session with Bill Streger at the Lead10 Conference a couple of weeks ago.
I think it's important to draw the line between the gospel and its implications, lest we "preach ourselves" or attempt theft of God's glory, even unwittingly, and I think we draw that line at the place we start doing something.
Yes, our good works were prepared beforehand that we might walk in them, and yes, as we work out our salvation, it is God who is really at work in us, but when we begin to act, the content of the gospel gives way to the implications of the gospel. The gospel is God's work alone, in Christ's work alone.