The One Seventeen Project invites Christ-followers like you to experience the joy of living the whole Gospel.
It’s not just by doing good, that is to say social justice without the gospel message.
When the communists took over Russia in 1917, they did not make Christianity illegal. … But what they did make illegal was for the church to do any “good works.” No longer could the church fulfill its historic role in feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, housing the orphan, educating children or caring for the sick. What was the result? Seventy years later, the church was totally irrelevant to the communities in which it dwelt. … Take away service and you take away the church’s power, influence, and evangelistic effectiveness. The power of the gospel is combining the life-changing message with selfless service.Eric Swanson
And it’s not just by telling people about Jesus, giving them the gospel message without social justice. The whole gospel includes–in fact requires–both. It’s practical and eternal.
“How often do we hear these days, with passion and approval, the famous dictum attributed to Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary”? …
At first blush, this sounds right. Except that it isn’t.
According to those who know the relevant history well—the Franciscans—Francis never uttered these words. But more important, on its face this dictum represents a significant error. It’s simply impossible to preach the gospel without words. The gospel is inherently verbal, and preaching the gospel is inherently verbal behavior.”