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Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:15-16)
Evangelical Muddle Over the Content of the Gospel and Christian Destiny
Charles Taber, Professor Emeritus of World Mission, Emmanuel School of Evangelism, Johnson City, Tennessee, expressed his amazement at “evangelical dogma” on the definition of the Christian Gospel. Christianity Today (Feb. 7th, 2000) had offered its readers statements from nine leading evangelicals defining the Gospel.
Getting the Gospel Right
The gospel is the message which, when we embrace it and remain faithful to its core teaching, will result one day in immortality (2 Timothy 1:7-10). Because it is the means by which we can obtain salvation, it is important that we get it right. We cannot just trust tradition, be it evangelical or Catholic Christianity. Instead, we need to examine the scriptures to see what the original gospel (good news) was. When we do this, we discover a radically different message from what we hear on radio, TV, and in most churches today. In this podcast, the case is made for embracing and preaching a gospel with a minimum of three elements: the kingdom, the cross, and the resurrection. If you take away or alter one of these, you no longer have the whole gospel.
The Gospel of the Kingdom
“From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” (Matthew 16:21-23)
What Good Is Jesus without His Gospel?
In this vintage message, Anthony Buzzard makes the case that the gospel Jesus preached was about the kingdom. Although Jesus remains incredibly popular all around the world today, his message remains obscured even among many sincere followers. How can we call ourselves Christians if we are ignorant of Christ’s proclamation? The kingdom is not about an afterlife in heaven, nor is it a clever way of talking about the church. Neither is the kingdom of God the warm and fuzzy belief that Jesus is reigning in your heart. Rather, it refers to the age when Jesus returns to fulfill all the prophecies of the Hebrew bible, bringing wholeness, judgement, and God’s reign to our world. Sadly, mainstream Christianity has substituted the gospel of Jesus for a gospel about Jesus. Of course, we don’t want to lose out the magnificent truths of his death and resurrection, but we dare not re-contextualize these within an overall scheme that defies Jesus’ kingdom announcement. According to Jesus, “This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). How can we hope to be faithful to Jesus’ commissioning here, unless we recover and proclaim “this gospel of the kingdom” that Jesus preached?
gos ́pel (τὸ εὐαγγέλιον, tó euaggélion): The word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word which meant “the story concerning God.” In the New Testament the Greek word euaggelion, means “good news.” It proclaims tidings of deliverance. The word sometimes stands for the record of the life of our Lord (Mark 1:1), embracing all His teachings, as in Acts 20:24. But the word “gospel” now has a peculiar use, and describes primarily the message which Christianity announces. “Good news” is its significance. It means a gift from God. It is the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins and sonship with God restored through Christ. It means remission of sins and reconciliation with God. The gospel is not only a message of salvation, but also the instrument through which the Holy Spirit works (Romans 1:16).