In Michael Horton’s book, Pilgrim Theology, he surmises that, like the directions on a compass, there are four coordinates that guide us in our journey to know God.


1. Drama

2. Doctrine

3. Doxology

4. Discipleship

Drama is the big story of Scripture; the “plot” of history from creation to the endpoints of eternity.
In elements of this story, God does certain things which reveal who he is and what it means to be created in his image, fallen, and redeemed, renewed and glorified in Union with Christ. This is doctrine.
The drama and doctrine of scripture provoke us to praise and worship – doxology. Together, these coordinates give us a new way of living in the world as disciples.
God’s mighty acts in history, which happen apart from us (in the drama), were done for us, (identified as doctrine) and are now enveloping us, (in doxology) and shaping our way of living in the world. (discipleship.)

I love the way that Horton hits this on the head. He is spot on in describing the order of events that take place in order to come into a fully-developed relationship with God.
Throughout eternity past, God created the world as a temple for man to walk with him in. When man brought destruction to that utopia and ultimately to himself, God intervened and sent a Savior. This Savior lived the perfect life that man failed to live, due to utter inability, and then was crucified on a cross, paying the penalty for our transgressions. But the story doesn’t end there. He rose again three days later, and went to reign victoriously on the right hand of the Father.
What an epic drama this is!
This drama was done “apart from us” as Horton says, but it was also “done for us.” These truths are doctrine.
In even simpler terms, this could be described as the gospel. The pure, unadulterated, beautiful gospel.
Bathing ourselves in the magnificent truths of this gospel – this magnificent work done for us through a mighty act in history, on our behalf – can only have one result: Doxology.
Doxology. Worship. Praise. Adoration.
These things are the result of truly knowing who the King is and experiencing firsthand what He has done.  We will fall to our knees in the deepest form of worship to the One we know deserves it most.
The truths of Scripture will fill our lives with such awe, devotion, and love for Him, that we become disciples. We will live our lives constantly being molded by the Scriptures and through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
As all these wonderful things happen to us, we will want to not just be disciples, but to make disciples.
For 2,000 years, the gospel of Jesus Christ has flourished and spread due to these incredible “coordinates” that Michael Horton so eloquently honed in on.
As we learn what God did for us, we will be drawn to worship Him, to grow closer with Him, and to bring others to Him.
This is the beautiful result of delving into the gospel.

Eric Author Image  Eric is a blogger, videographer, designer, and full-time missionary with Rooftop Missions. While in the US, he works to raise support to help fund pastors and orphanages in closed countries. When he is traveling internationally, he provides leadership training for national pastors, as well as documenting the trips through photography and video. To partner with Eric financially, click here.

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