Raw Gospel

The Gospel is trans-formative. It transcends ages, cultures, and all religions.  The components/aspects/parts of it make up a united life-changing whole.  Neglecting certain aspects of the Gospel message or over concentrating on one aspect to the exclusion of others is why less than 3% of those calling themselves Christians will make a single disciple in 2017.  The Gospel, in its rawest sense is a multi-faceted story of good news.  Some of those facets are;

(1) The gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:11 Cor. 9:12) and the gospel of His Son (Rom. 1:9). These two descriptions speak of the good news of salvation that comes through the person and work of Jesus Christ who is the very Son of God in human flesh. Again, this is a good news of deliverance from sin’s penalty, power and presence through the two advents of Christ.
(2) The gospel of the Grace of God (Acts 20:24) emphasizes that salvation in all of its aspects is on the basis of grace rather than on some meritorious system of works.
(3) The gospel of the Kingdom (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 24:14) is the good news that God has and will continue to establish His kingdom on earth.
(4) The gospel of Peace (Eph. 6:15) describes how this good news of salvation in Christ brings peace in all its many aspects (peace with God, the peace of God, peace with others, and world peace) through the victory accomplished by the Savior.
(5) The eternal or everlasting Gospel (Rev. 14:6) expands our perspective of gospel as we normally think of it. This gospel as proclaimed by the angel has several key elements of gloriously good news that are developed in the same chapter.
(6) The Gospel of the Glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:1-6) There is divine good news for man in the fact that the once-crucified Christ is a man in glory.
(7) The Gospel of ‘our salvation’ (Ephesians 1:13) only mentioned once in scripture and yet is the most talked about component of the gospel.  While critical to a full gospel message, it is NOT the full gospel message on it’s own.
Each of these can be shared with others in the midst of normal conversations and daily life by asking the question; “What aspect of the gospel is most pertinent to the person I’m speaking with right now?”  The strongest concordance is a life that lives out God’s vocabulary.  Our goal is not to drive people to decisions but to take part in the God-orchestrated gospel events that happen in a person’s lifetime which ultimately leads to their becoming a disciple of Jesus.