Category Archives: Gospel

Coronavirus and a Gospel Bigger Than Dying and Going to Heaven

If we think the biblical gospel is getting sins forgiven to die and go to heaven we won’t think the gospel has much to do with our present coronavirus crises. If dying and going to heaven is the gospel, why did Jesus heal people and hold up the gospel process of getting them to heaven?

But if you search in the New Testament for the “good news” you will find a few things:

1 – It is the gospel of the kingdom

2 – It is the gospel of a king (Jesus)

3 – It is the fulfillment of the Old Testament (Acts 13)

4 – It is connected with healing diseases

The gospel has so much more to do with life today. It is a good news that brings joy (Luke 2) to the oppressed (Luke 4).

We need to let the Bible define the terms. When we do we get a much fuller picture of things.

Jesus came into this world as king. He came preaching the gospel that the kingdom of God is near and that the time has come (Mark 1:14-15) which means the gospel is now and it is here. We aren’t just waiting for it.

When Jesus proclaimed salvation…that was gospel.

When Jesus healed the sick…that was gospel.

When Jesus cast out demons…that was also gospel.

Jesus was making things “on earth as they are in heaven” and we can too. But we won’t do this if we just think the gospel is about later…in heaven…forever. That is only part of the story and when we focus on that to the exclusion of all else the Bible actually says, we will miss many opportunities to live out the gospel now.

If you want to hear more specific verses and implications of how to live this out, check this out:

Why A Biblically Robust Gospel is Essential To The People of God

What is the Gospel? How we answer that question says a lot. For many people the Gospel is that Jesus came to die for my sins so that when I die I can go to be with God in heaven forever. There is a lot of truth in that summation but we have to examineContinue Reading

What is the Gospel? (Part 1)

In Scot McKnight’s excellent book, “King Jesus Gospel” he asks a question that is so simple but so profound – Did Jesus preach the gospel? This is an intriguing question because we typically think of the gospel as the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus that gives us future hope in heaven through our promisedContinue Reading

Back to What is Most Important – The Gospel

I find it increasingly beneficial to focus on things that are of top shelf importance. There are so many distractions out there and so many ways to spend your time, energy and money. I am going to launch into a series on the Gospel over the next few weeks that I think you will findContinue Reading

Making Complex the Simple and Dreaming Dreams

It takes a lot of work to take a complex idea and make it simple. It takes relatively little work to take something simple and make it complex. Disorder comes more easily than order…chaos is the natural course of a broken world. Entropy doesn’t just affect physics and thermodynamics. Entropy affects communication. Order takes discipline.Continue Reading

Broadening Our View of Gospel and Salvation

The term for gospel as a noun only occurs in Matthew and Mark about a dozen times. It doesn’t appear in Luke or in John. It doesn’t show up again until Acts 15:7. The verb form (to preach or proclaim the good news) does show up a few times in Luke and the early chaptersContinue Reading

Losing Our Way in Churches of Christ and Finding the Answer in the Gospels

I intend to spend a lot more time in the Gospels this year and I would like to tell you why. In 2015 I tackled N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. I started it while on jury duty via my kindle app and when I first downloaded the book it told me IContinue Reading

Two New Small Group Series Uploaded to Kingdom Living

I just uploaded two new small group lesson series. I wrote these for Northwest to use in my absence in order to help them transition to a new way of developing small group curriculum next year. Here they are: Generations Seeking God Together The Gospel

The Gospel is Not Just a Set of Facts, It is Those Facts Proclaimed

When I think of the Gospel I often think of information. Usually that information is summed up as the death and resurrection of Christ that brings us forgiveness and eternal life. But if you look up how the word “Gospel” is used in the New Testament it is almost always used in the context ofContinue Reading

What Did Jesus Mean When He Talked About Causing “Little ones to Stumble”?

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. ” – LukeContinue Reading

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