The Great Commission in all of Scripture. Great insights from Dr. Reid.
1. Everything begins in God and is to return to God.
2. Human existence must be understood as theocentric, not anthropocentric. “In Christian theology, particularly that of Augustine and Aquinas,” Liederbach writes, “this idea of exitus et reditus asserts that proper theology must begin with discussion on the existence of God, then the creation and fall of human beings, their salvation through Christ, and finally their return back to God in death and resurrection. It is foundational to understanding that the universe is theocentric, not anthropocentric.” Our perspective on the world and the church begins with the assumption that the focal point is God, not us as individuals, our family, our church, or our denomination.
3. Individual life stories must conform to God’s story.
4. A higher affection must motivate a life lived for God’s glory. When we truly see God’s beauty and majesty from the creation through the Old Testament story and throughout the New Testament, when we grasp His greatness and our place in His plan, we can see the relative insignificance of other things that would vie for our attention and affection.
5. A life of worship should compel us to invite the lost to join us.
6. The corporate worship of the church ought to change the culture. When believers as individuals, families, and churches together live a life of worship, even as we were intended to do before the fall and are able to do now because of the cross, individuals and the culture are changed as a result.
We have the most amazing story to tell in history. But it is a story that begins in Genesis, not the Gospels. And it is still worth telling today.