321 is a gospel outline which I hope can teach the church and reach unbelievers with a richer, more Christ-centred account of the good news. It’s the story of God, the World and You.
3 God is three Persons united in love
2 The story of the world is the story of two men
1 You are one with Adam. Be one with Jesus.
Here’s the website which we’re building and here’s the animated outline in 5 minutes…
Now let me acknowledge something up front: The three points of the mnemonic are not the central events of the gospel. Those events have to be narrated in among the three points. The central events of the gospel are the coming, dying and rising of Christ. But the three truths of 321 are the essential presuppositions without which the events of the gospel will be misunderstood.
I fully acknowledge that the gospel events, as narrated in places like 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, are concerned with the doing and dying of Jesus. But that doing and dying will not make gospel sense without a true doctrine of God, of Christology, of humanity and their proper interaction. Therefore my contention is that Trinity, Adam and Christ and union with Christ are essential doctrines which surround and interpret the gospel events.
In the next four posts, I’m just going to examine the four truths highlighted in other presentations (like the Four Spiritual Laws, or Knowing God Personally, or The 4 Points) – they are Creation, Fall, Cross and Repentance. I hope to show that these are vital elements of a gospel presentation and that they should be interpreted according to Trinity, Adam and Christ and union with Christ. Failure to appreciate these four events in the categories of Trinity etc, will skew the story in unbiblical and unevangelical ways.
More to follow…