'Evangelicals' believe we are following Christ's command to go into all the world and preach the gospel.
But I suspect the definition used for 'gospel' is different than the gospel Jesus and his disciples preached.
The words 'gospel' or 'good news' show up 23 times in 'the gospels' (mostly pre-cross).
Was the gospel message that Jesus shared something like this?
God - God is Holy - completely without sin and never does anything wrong - He's always right and can't have sin in His presence. Isaiah 59:1-2Or something like this:
Ourselves - we are all sinners - we've all broken God's standard of holiness and perfection - we're all offenders of God. Romans 3:23
Sentence - what we deserve, what we've earned for our offences towards a Holy god - our punishment - is eternal separation from Him forever! Romans 6:23a
Powerless - there's nothing in and of ourselves that we can do to make things right before a Holy God! Isaiah 64:6
Extreme love - God demonstrates extreme love towards us. He sends His perfect and sinless Son, Jesus to take our punishment. Romans 5:8, 2 Cor 5:21
Life - The offer is ours to receive or reject. God in His Love provides a way for relationship with Him. God in His Mercy offers pardon for our wrongdoing. God in His Grace offers us forgiveness of sin and eternal joy and life through His Son Jesus - starting right now! If we choose to receive what God offers us in love, then we need to turn from our sin and by faith, embrace all that Jesus has done. Romans 6:23b, Ephesioans 2:8-9
Jesus is Lord!I've seen many different definitions of the gospel. Many of them are full of truths. But I suspect they are an attempt to summarize all the key doctrines of their unique brand of Christianity and tag some supporting Bible verses that go along with their teachings... and using the label gospel to create or maintain divisions in Christ's church.
God's kingdom is here!
The reign of God is here!
Change your life, believe this message!
Did you know God's power is available to you? You don't have to do everything in your own strength and wisdom. If you allow God to rule in your life (the work of the Holy Spirit), instead of your selfish ambitions, He will restore your life to what it was intended to be.
I think it is worth asking:
- What was the gospel message Jesus and his disciples preached?
- And would this same gospel message work today?
- Gospel in the Gospels - Summary - 6 part series
- Importance of the cross - a look at many verses talking about meanings of the cross
- Good News -Mark 1:14-15
- What is the Gospel? - lists some verses related to gospel in the gospels
- Gospel in other NT verses
- Kingdom of God - lists verses about the good news of the Kingdom of God
- What Gospel does you neighbor need to hear?
- What does evangelical mean?
- Dr Dwight Pryor on-Kingdom Of God - Part 1
- Dr Dwight Pryor on-Kingdom Of God - Part 2
- Rob Bell on Good News