An engine is vital to a car. A stove is vital to a kitchen. A heartbeat is vital to a person.
And the “gospel” is vital to Christianity.
The “gospel” is a word that is also translated from the oldest Greek manuscripts of the Bible as “good news.”
So, since it’s so vital, let me ask you a question: If you’re a Christian, and if someone were to ask you what the “good news” (or “gospel”) of Christianity is, what would you say?
Is it that ‘God loves you’? Well, it’s true that God loves you, but it’s not the total good news.
Is it that ‘Jesus died to forgive your sins’? Again, that’s a true statement, but it’s not the total good news.
The reality is that it is often misunderstood or misrepresented.
But when we are confident about the good news, we better understand it’s goodness and power in our own lives, and the goodness and power it can bring to someone else’s life as well.
In this podcast I explore what the “good news” actually is, and several biblical texts to uncover three reasons why the good news is in fact good news for you personally (and for all of us collectively). Some things you might expect to hear — others, maybe not so much.
If you’re reading this and you’re already a Christian, I hope this is clarifying and empowering.
If you’re not a Christian, I hope this gives you some valuable insight about what this Jesus thing is all about, and helps you think through how the good news can be good for you too.
English Bible scholar N. T. Wright says this: “Get the gospel right, and everything else will come right.”
Listen in to the 28-minute message here: