Throughout the Bible, the good news of what God has done comes with both indicatives and imperatives. The indicatives (or, "what is true") tell us what God has done on our behalf, out of His grace alone, and apart from our own abilities. This is what the church has proclaimed as "The Gospel"--that Jesus has done for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
At the same time, those indicatives lead to imperatives (what we are to do in response to God's work in us). Consider the 10 commandments... God says, "I am the Lord your God who has rescued you out of slavery... now here's how to live in the freedom that I've given you." Or consider Paul's words in Col 3--"since you have been raised with Christ, set your mind on things above..."
Because of these truths, we are committed to:
- seeking to make only the Gospel our motivation for Christian living
- seeking to be motivated by the Gospel to die to ourselves and live for Christ
It's or belief that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes people, changes communities, and changes cities.