- Gospel in the Gospels - introduction and some thoughts to consider
- Gospel in Matthew - verses related to the term gospel in Matthew
- Gospel in Mark - verses related to the term gospel in Mark
- Gospel in Luke - verses related to the term gospel in Luke
- Gospel in John - verses in John that that make similar points
- Gospel in the Gospels - Summary
The premise of this series is that each gospel writer would not have assumed his readers had access to all the other NT books, or had our modern theological mindset. We should assume each book would contain enough details to describe the essentials of our faith. For example John should give enough details to achieve the goal of vs 20:31
"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (NIV)Or Luke writing to Theophilus an orderly account of everything so "so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. " (Luke 1:4 NIV)
So after looking at the passages linked above, here is my summary of what stands out to me. I'd love to hear what others think.
- Jesus preached a lot about the kingdom of God or kingdom of Heaven, it seemed to be his favorite topic.
- We don't need to be thinking castles and knights etc when we think kingdom. Thinking more along the lines of reign, rule, authority, and dominion may be helpful.
- These teaching about His kingdom are often referred to as gospel or good news
- Jesus says the/a reason he was sent was to preach the good news of the kingdom of God
- The disciples went out preaching about the kingdom of God/Heaven
- There are many parables that describe the kingdom of God
- Some references to the kingdom of God seem to be present tense and something to be received now. Some references to the kingdom of God are future tense.
- Something about this kingdom is especially good news for the poor
- We must have some child like quality to be part of it
- Jesus is frequently called Messiah, King, Lord, Savior, Son of God
- Jesus tells his disciples to go and preach the gospel to the whole world... and they did
- Walking with Jesus is compared to walking in the light as opposed to darkness
- John mentions many examples of believers who believed in Jesus' name, that He was/is the savior, the messiah, the son of God, or Lord.
An added bonus of this approach is we arrive at a good news message that all Christian traditions agree on. This isn't a gospel message highlighting distinct beliefs of one tradition. These are basic teachings that are widely accepted. I don't think it's a watered down gospel either. There is nothing simple about trusting Jesus as Lord and savior. Being a child of the King brings great rewards, but also great responsibility.
- I'm a believer - what John has to say about being a believer
- What must I believe - a 6 part series
- What is the Gospel? - lists verses related to gospel in 'the gospels'
- Jesus' Gospel vs Paul's Gospel
- Gospel in other NT verses
- Dr Dwight Pryor on-Kingdom Of God - Part 1
- Dr Dwight Pryor on-Kingdom Of God - Part 2
- Was Jesus as smart as Steve Jobs - Richard Wilson talks on the topic of the good news