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Peace with God is the ultimate aim of Christianity. That much can be deduced from Romans 5:1. It seems, though, that many Christians have shifted their focus away from seeking peace with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They seek instead inner peace, and the aim of faith bends toward ourselves. It turns away from the problem of sin that separates us from God, and away from the commission to love others as we’ve been loved by God. No wonder so many unbelievers misunderstand faith as merely an internal feeling.

More than just means to inner peace, the gospel of Jesus Christ is actually the foundation of a worldview—according to The Gospel Coalition’s Theological Vision for Ministry, “a comprehensive interpretation of reality affecting all that we do.” No doubt that means the gospel affects our thoughts and feelings, and the work we do in and for a church. But our faith can never be confined to church walls. The gospel dictates how we live in the home as well as the workplace, where most of us spend more time than church.

My guest on today’s episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is Tom Nelson. He’s the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas, the president of Made to Flourish, author of Work Matters and The Economics of Neighborly Love, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is also the writer and presenter of Gospel Shaped Work, a small-group video and book study published by TGC with The Good Book Company. It’s based on point four—the integration of faith and work—from TGC’s five points of gospel-centered ministry. And I asked him all the toughest questions we get from skeptical pastors and other readers when it comes to this aspect of TGC’s vision for gospel-centered churches.

Listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast and check out other episodes in the series Why We Need Theological Vision.

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