The Gospel Conference
October 27-29, 2016
The Gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ, who is God come to us and to the entire created order as Lord and Savior. Jesus himself proclaimed, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news" (Mark 1:14-15). The big surprise in this announcement is that the one who proclaimed the good news became, in his life, death, and resurrection, the good news. In Jesus the good news of the Gospel has come, once and for all. He calls the church to believe, proclaim, and embody that good news. The Gospel Conference is dedicated to equip the church to communicate the Gospel in word and deed. Each year the conference will relate the content of Jesus' good news to a contemporary issue facing God's people as they try to live and communicate the gospel faithfully and effectively.
The Gospel Conference is a natural expression of Whitworth's theological foundations. President Beck Taylor expresses those commitments in this way: "Over the decades, Whitworth's religious ethos and commitments have been continuously shaped by three primary theological descriptors, or identities: Reformed, evangelical, and ecumenical. None of these identities, taken alone, captures the heart and soul of Whitworth; but taken together, these identities can and do inform and guide the university's ongoing reflection on its relationship to Christ's church, to the academy, and the larger culture."
- President Beck Taylor, Introduction to the President's Colloquy on Theological Identities at Whitworth University
The content, meaning, and application of Jesus' proclamation of God's good news called "The Gospel" lies at the heart of Whitworth University's three-fold theological identities rooted in the Reformed Heritage, Evangelical Tradition, and Ecumenical Ethos. Jesus' first public proclamation include the language of the Gospel. Jesus declared "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news…" (Luke 4:18 quoting Isaiah 61:1). Jesus called people to "believe the Good News of the Gospel" (Mark 1:15). The Lilly Endowment's grant to launch the Office of Church Engagement includes funding for an annual conference "that engages church and lay leaders in addressing contemporary issues." The Gospel Conference will integrate biblical, theological, and cultural application of Jesus' good news for a topic of vital importance for the church and society.
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