By Chaplain Mike
UPDATE: I have added an additional sentence to point #2 in my definition.
Over at Rachel Held Evans’ blog, she is running a post with responses to the question, “What is the Gospel?” I encourage you to visit her site, read the entries, and enter the discussion.
She asked me to participate, but I wasn’t able to get her my entry in time. So, she encouraged me to put it in the comments, which I did. Here’s what I wrote:
1. The Gospel (Good News) is the divinely-authorized proclamation that the appointed time has arrived and God has come to restore his blessing to his broken creation.
2. It announces that the climactic act of God’s story has been accomplished in the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, his promised King. Christ’s finished work atoned for sin, defeated the powers of sin, evil, and death forever, and reconciled the lost and dying world to God.
3. It calls all people to turn from their own wisdom and ways that fight against God and his blessing, put their trust in Jesus for forgiveness and new life, and join his new community of faith, hope, and love.
4. It promises that God’s Kingdom inaugurated in Jesus will one day be consummated when Jesus returns to raise the dead, pronounce final judgment on all evil, and make a new creation in which heaven (God’s realm) and earth (the human realm) are one.
What do you think?
If someone asked you to define the Gospel concisely, what would you say?