Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Basic Definitions of the Gospel

More basic definitions of the gospel for your consideration. Have any constructive comments or your own basic definition?

Adam Smith
The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ was sent by God into the world to save sinners from eternal damnation; Jesus Christ, a perfect and righteous man who never committed a sin, took the sins of the world upon his back and was crucified on a cross; He was raised from the dead to forever reign in glory as our Lord, that whoever believes in Him and repents of their sins will be saved. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).

Scott Mackay
The great news of the Bible, the gospel, is that God's dynamic rule has broken into history through the coming of King Jesus; the King who "died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, was buried, was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures" and appeared to the apostles whom he chose to be reliable witnesses of these things. The gospel is the declaration that 'Your God reigns', and that he reigns through Jesus. The gospel is that 'Jesus Christ is Lord' (Acts 2:36, 2 Corinthians 2:5). And the gospel offers hope for guilty rebels, because this Jesus is the saving King who laid down his life for us, and became a curse for us so that we can enter his kingdom.

This then is THE gospel; that Christ physically died for our sin, and was physically raised from the dead SO THAT those who would believe in Him would be saved!!

You can see an updated list of all the basic definitions I have posted so far here on Google Docs.

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