My prayer for Trace Crossing is that we will be a Gospel Saturated Church. On my first Sunday as lead pastor at Trace Crossing, I shared the following outline from Colossians 1:21-23:
As a Gospel-saturated church . . .
I. We want to be a church that always remembers what we were like without Christ (1:21)
a. Without Christ we were alienated.
b. Without Christ we were hostile in mind.
c. Without Christ we were doing evil deeds.
II. We want to be a church that always remembers who we are in Christ (1:22)
a. With Christ we are holy
b. With Christ we are blameless
c. With Christ we are beyond reproach
III. We want to be a church that always remembers what our reconciliation cost Christ (1:20, 22)
b. Via Propitiation
c. For the Purpose of Glorification
IV. We want to be a church that always perseveres in and proclaims Christ (1:23)
a. Persevering in the Gospel
b. Proclaiming the Gospel
If we are going to be a Gospel-saturated church then we must think often on the cross. If we are going to love God passionately and others rightly then we must meditate on the cross constantly.