Our hope at Radius is that the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed, believed, and made known to those within our own radius of influence. We desire for the gospel to be central in all of our teaching and activities. Many people mean different things when they use the word ‘gospel’. Thus, we want to be very clear on what we mean when we speak of the ‘gospel’.
In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 the Apostle Paul writes to “remind” the brothers and sisters of Corinth of the “gospel” he preached to them. Paul then gives a summary of this gospel in verses 3-4: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” This summary contains several essential elements of the ‘gospel’. If the ‘gospel’ that we preach is something different than this, we are preaching a “different gospel” (Gal. 1:6).
The gospel is literally the “good news” that Christ has died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, all of which was “in accordance with the Scriptures.” Good news, however, assumes bad news. The bad news is that you and I were created by a holy God, and we have chosen to disobey, rebel, and live for ourselves instead of God. This is bad news because as sinners, our relationship with God has been broken by our sin. The Scriptures tell us that the penalty for sin is death, and therefore, as sinners, we are well-deserving of God’s just wrath in response to our rebellion. We need a savior!
God sent Jesus into our broken world in order to live a perfectly sinless life as our representative, die on a criminal’s cross in our place and for our sins, and then rise victoriously over Satan, sin, and death. He ascended to the Father and is returning to judge the living and the dead. Now, all those who will trust Christ and Christ alone have access to God, forgiveness of sins, and a restored relationship to the Father. Salvation is by grace through faith, and salvation is of the Lord. God is now advancing his kingdom through the proclamation of the good news of King Jesus. This is what we seek to keep central in all that we do or say at Radius.
The reality of our world is that not all people believe the good news of Jesus. In fact, there are many people who don’t even know about it or simply refuse to accept it. When God saves a person out of darkness and calls them into his light, he gives them a new identity in Christ. Christians are no longer identified by sin or their former life. Now, Christians are identified with Christ in his life, death, and resurrection. We are adopted in the family of God, made servants of God, and sent as missionaries of God. Christians are by nature those who take the gospel where it is not. This is what we call “mission.”
God deserves to be worshipped, adored, and glorified by all people. The world, however, does not worship the true God. Thus, Christians take the gospel into the places of our world, countries, cities, and neighborhoods where the gospel is not found, so that God may be believed and worshipped. The biggest mission field in the world is our own hearts. When we preach and apply the good news of the gospel to our own hearts, then we begin to move outward, preaching and applying the gospel to those within our radius of influence. Just as Jesus was sent by his Father to our broken world, so Jesus has sent us with the power of his Holy Spirit to our broken world to proclaim the good news that reconciliation with the Father is available through faith in his Son. God has promised to build his Church and save for himself a people who are zealous for his glory. He has chosen to use his people as the instrument to play the tune of the glory of God in the ears of lost sinners in hopes that the Holy Spirit will open their ears to hear and take delight in that glory. It isn’t so much that the people of God have a mission; it’s more that the mission of God has a people. At Radius, we seek to teach and demonstrate how the good news of the gospel motivates us to live our lives on mission with Jesus for the sake of his glory.
The Radius Group is a registered 501C.3 Charitable Organization that seeks to develop students as servant-leaders and lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ. We do this in partnership with the local church by providing student ministries with a cadence of Gospel-Centered, extremely-affordable ministry programs during the summer. Our camps and our staff program team together to accomplish our mission of developing students as servant-leaders and lifelong disciple of Jesus Christ.