What does this mean?

Timothy Keller helpfully describes personal gospel renewal this way: “Personal gospel renewal means the gospel doctrines of sin and grace are actually experienced, not just known intellectually. This personal renewal includes an awareness and conviction of one’s own sin and alienation from God and comes from seeing in ourselves deeper layers of self-justification, unbelief, and self-righteousness than we have ever seen before. There is a new, commensurate grasp of the wonder of forgiveness and grace as we shed these attitudes and practices and rest in Christ alone for salvation. Perhaps we have previously said that we were “resting in Christ’s work, not our own work” for salvation, but when we experience gospel renewal, we have a new clarity about what this means in our mind and a new experience of actually doing it with our heart.”
This type of being renewed personally is the wellspring out of which all of the other changes will flow, both personally (greater growth in holiness, a greater hunger for God’s word, growth in hospitality and witness) and on a corporate & social level (the church loving one another well, being unified, working for justice in the world and defending the powerless).

One Minute Intro


These resources will help you explore what it would look like to develop this characteristic in your life as a disciple:

Pray and Reflect

  1. When we experience gospel renewal, we become aware of deeper levels of our own sin and our own tendency towards self-justification.  Is there any area of your life, recently, where you have become aware of deeper levels of your own sin and your own tendency towards self-justification?  What have been the effects of this awareness?
  2. When we experience gospel renewal, we also become more aware of the depth of God’s grace for us, in our sin.  Is there any area of your life, recently, where you have become more aware and more appreciative of the depths of God’s grace for you personally?
  3.  1 Corinthians 2:12 says that Christians have received, “not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” Pray that the Holy Spirit would help you understand more deeply “the things God has freely given you”—that He would help you to personally grasp your own justification and adoption.

Dive Deeper

Check out these books and videos for a “deep dive” into the theology and practice of how to intentionally lead others to live as gospel-centered disciples.

Get Connected

Growing as a disciple is a group project.  Here’s how you can grow in this characteristic with others: 
  • I’d like to join a small group where I can discover with others how to lead others to live as gospel-centered disciples.
  • I’d like to get coffee with a staff member and consider how I can either begin or continue to lead others to live as gospel-centered disciples. Email Richard to set this up.
  • I’d like to attend a Friday AM prayer gathering for gospel renewal in the church.  Our current gathering meets on Fridays from 6:30-7:30 AM at the church (Lower Level). Contact us if you have further questions.