This article mourns the misunderstanding now prevalent in relation to the gospel of Christ. It starts with an attempt to provide a biblical understanding of the use of nouns and verbs related to the word "gospel" and proceeds to explain what is meant by that word. The definition covers the basic message of the biblical story and also details how it must be told today in order to faithfully reflect the biblical message.
This article showcases the Roman Catholic teaching regarding the essence of the gospel. It demonstrates that according to Rome, salvation is not by grace through faith alone, good works are necessary for salvation, baptism brings forgiveness of sins, Christ's sacrifice on the cross is not sufficient to send the redeemed directly to heaven, and Christ's sacrifice is repeated every time the Mass is celebrated.
What should be the starting point in the salvation of man? With whom should our gospel start? In view of the fact that God elects his people unto salvation, can the church then sit back and wait, and can the sinner can be ignorant and complacent? These are the questions that this article attempts to answer.
How would you define the gospel? As something, or someone? This article stresses the need for seeing the gospel as the crucified and risen Christ.
This article advances several threats to the gospel today, such as attempts to make the gospel social, relevant, or kinder.
Are you suffering from fatigue because of the bad things happening in this world? You should be encouraged to know that the gospel was not given to a world without sin, confusion, difficulty, and persecution. It was given to a world marked by every kind of pain and perversity. It was given for a time like this.
In Greek culture in the New Testament period, there were men who claimed to work miracles—wise men who were known as "divine men." There are scholars who in trying to prove a Hellenistic origin of the gospel compare Jesus Christ to these men. The title of Son of God is seen as from a Greek background. This paper compares Jesus with these Greek men
TULIP shapes Calvinism's understanding of evangelism. It carefully defines man’s need of God’s grace, and summarizes the great acts performed by the Triune God to save men from their sins. This article shows that the Calvinistic way of presenting the gospel follows in the footsteps of Christ as he presented the gospel.
This book is a challenge to worship leaders to discover how the gospel reshapes every dimension and element of worship. The author makes the bold statement that the gospel is the story of worship. In Chapter 1 he starts to tell that story at Genesis 2 in the Garden of Eden. Worship is rooted in the eternal love of God.
What is Satan's biggest strategy? This article shows that it is keeping people from seeing Christ (Christ-centredness). Christless Christianity is the challenge that is facing the church today. This challenge can be traced back to the Sadducces and the Pharisees. Christ is denied through the teaching that the gospel does not include the wrath of God, but only His love.
The exclusivity of the gospel can lead to rejection of the gospel. Looking at Jews, Romans, and Gentiles, this article shows why these groups of people rejected the gospel in the past. The author also discusses why the gospel may be rejected today.
The gospel is vanishing in God's church. Preaching and teaching has become shallower and lacks an urgent call to repentance. Nonchalant attitudes lead to false assurance of salvation. Pastors must remember that their contribution to the church either builds or breaks her. Recovering the gospel is essential to building the church of God.
How can man be right with God? Working from Galatians 1, this article shows that there are only two answers to this question: either by grace or by law. However, only one can be right - and this is what made Paul's gospel unique. Paul's gospel was not manmade; it sought God's glory and it was mandated by God.
In this article McGrath argues for the importance of apologetics in contemporary mission to a post-modern world. He also raises concerns about the weakness of much modern evangelical apologetics. Making use of the apostles’ speeches in Acts he highlights the importance of knowing our audience before showing the importance of theology in apologetics.
Lesslie Newbigin has written a few works on the concept of the gospel as public truth. This concept emphasizes the factual basis of Christianity, and encourages Christians to be confident to engage in rational public discourse with Scripture as their basis. This article tries to envisage what Newbigin's proposal might mean. Criticism, questions and suggestions for modification of Newbigin's work are given with the intention of carrying the program forward.
The canonicity of the Gospels was an issue that arose in the period from the second to third century. In this time the church was determining the authority of these Gospels. In this article Richard Bauckham looks briefly at the way in which apostolic eyewitness functioned as a criterion of authenticity.