Gospel this, gospel that, gospel here, gospel there, gospel everywhere! Now a days it seems like everything is “gospel,” but if everything is the gospel then nothing is the gospel. However, this does not mean that the gospel does not have breadth, the gospel might be a lot more multifaceted than we think….
The word “gospel” or to “preach the good news” is used a total of 128 times in the New Testament. Its used in many context and in may ways, so naturally we should want to get a clear grasp on what this word means.
In his book Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory, Scott Sunquist list out ten statements about the gospel which he thinks should help us in thinking about how we proclaim the message of the Messiah:
- The Gospel is a summary of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- The Gospel is what Jesus taught.
- The Gospel is the message from God to all people or, more precisely to all ethnic groups.
- The Gospel is the message preached by the apostles.
- The core message of the Gospel is about the grace of God offered for all of humanity.
- The Gospel of grace is centers on the meaning of the cross of Jesus Christ.
- Because the Gospel is a Gospel of grace, it is also a gospel of judgement.
- The Gospel is to be preached in a manner that reveals its nature: The gospel is truth, and so it must be preached truthfully.
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ has supreme value.
- The Gospel has its own power to transform individuals.
So those are Sunquist’s 10 statements on the gospel. I would love to hear whether you would add any other statements or whether you would take away some of his. I would also love to hear the reasons behind your decision.
Which statements would you add? Subtract? Why?