In this episode of TGC Q&A, Mike Evans and Jeong Woo Kim discuss the question, “Would a Gospel Coalition be beneficial in your part of the world?” They address:
- Why TGC is necessary in Korea (:28)
- The need for unified gospel efforts (1:34)
- Trans-denominational efforts to return to Reformational roots (2:07)
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Mike Evans: Kim, you’re from South Korea?
Jeong Woo Kim: Yes.
Mike Evans: We hear a lot about South Korea in Europe, about the expansion of the church. So, why do you think TGC is necessary in your part of the world?
Jeong Woo Kim: Okay. Korea, like the other parts of the world, needs the Gospel. My answer seems very, very simple, only because Korean people, we like those of the less over the world, are hopeless, helpless, empty and lost. Without God’s saving grace, clearly revealed the person, the life, and that the work of Jesus Christ, our Lord. So Korean society needs the gospel urgently and the seriously. And Korean pastors, Christians, can proclaim the gospel individually, but in [inaudible] or kinds of issues, problems, conflicts, we need a unified effort. So in this sense the gospel coalition, Korea, launched just last year in December. Very, very timely, I think.
Mike Evans: Hmm.
Jeong Woo Kim: How about you?
Mike Evans: Well, I’ve been working in the French-speaking world and the Reformation began in the 16th century in Europe and in Switzerland where we are based. The French reformers, like Calvin, Farel, they made a tremendous impact. We estimated, in the 16th century, that around a third of French people converted to reformed Christianity. Today, the church is very small and weak, and we believe The Gospel Coalition is a trans-denominational work to bring people back to the centrality of the gospel. The same vigorous dot triangle foundation, remind them of their Reformation roots, so that’s what we’re endeavoring to do.