Friday, September 7, 2007

What is the Gospel?

What is the gospel? Is it four laws? Is it the Romans Road? Is it loving Jesus with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength? Is it the ethical commands of Jesus? D.A. Carson explores some key characteristics of the gospel in the following article:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-19)
Many have commented on the fact that the church in the western world is going through a time of remarkable fragmentation. This fragmentation extends to our understanding of the gospel. For some Christians, "the gospel" is a narrow set of teachings about Jesus and his death and resurrection which, rightly believed, tip people into the kingdom. After that, real discipleship and personal transformation begin, but none of that is integrally related to “the gospel.” This is a far cry from the dominant New Testament emphasis that understands “the gospel” to be the embracing category that holds much of the Bible together, and takes Christians from lostness and alienation from God all the way through conversion and discipleship to the consummation, to resurrection bodies, and to the new heaven and the new earth...(Click here to continue reading)

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