What is the Gospel recap

Yesterday’s Faculty meeting was spent ruminating on the character of the Gospel (multi-faceted) and how we have tendencies to focus only on one part (e.g., what are the minimum beliefs you have to have to be a Christian, penal substitution, etc.). What happens to our sense of the Gospel if we move away from easy believism and self-focused, individualistic aspects of the Gospel (am I really saved?).

Seems we need to be having some questions to help shape the Gospel:

1. What is God doing? (covenanting and reconciling a people for himself)

2. What does he call us to do/be as a people of God?

What passages might I use to articulate the core of the Gospel?

1. 2 Cor. 5:16f (reconciling the world tohimself, making us agents of reconciliation)

2. The 1st and 2nd Greatest commandments (love God, love neighbor)

3. 1 Cor. 15 gets some key ideas down (as was reminded by a colleague)

4. 1 Thess 1 gives the idea of the Gospel as believe, serve, and wait

 What would you use to articulate the Gospel without missing key facets?


Filed under Doctrine/Theology, Gospel

2 responses to “What is the Gospel recap

  1. You may want to remember the cosmic dimension of the gospel (Romans 8), removing the curse on creation.

    One of the beauties of the WCF is the various graces that “fill out” the Gospel (adoption, sanctification) since we tend to focus mostly on justification.

  2. Interesting that you mention Romans 8. The faculty discussed 8:1-2 and a JETS 42:2 article by Chuck Lowe. He suggests there are three possible interpretation of “There is no condemnation…” 1. Because condemnation is averted through justification rather than sanctification, 2. Because condemnation is averted through sanctification and “penal servitude”, or 3. Because condemnation is averted through sanctification as the consequence of justification, rather than the grounds of. The point we discussed was the role of the Spirit in transforming sinners. Does an overemphasis on penal substitution lead to ignoring the work of the Spirit in sanctification. On the flip side, we have to ask, does a focus on sanctification lead to an overemphasis on navel-gazing and self-evaluation to answer questions that are not ours to answer (am I doing enough to please God?).

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