If someone were to ask you, "What is the gospel?" how would you answer?
Most of us have been taught something like this:
The wording and the outline may vary, but basically that's what most of us were taught. And it isn't really wrong. The Bible does talk about all those things (except going ot heaven, but we'll talk about that later), and yet, the more we read the Bible, we see that this outline doesn't seem to capture what the Bible actually says.
For instance, is this the gospel that Jesus preached? Matthew says that Jesus preached the good news that the Kingdom of God is at hand. That doesn't sound like the gospel we know.
Or the Apostles? If you read the evangelistic sermons in the Book of Acts, they never talk about justification by faith, accepting Jesus into your heart, praying a sinners prayer, or any of those familiar phrases.
What is all that about? Is there more to the gospel than we realize? And does it matter?
Over the next 8 weeks, we are going to dive into these questions, because I think there is more to the gospel than just managing our sin, and waiting to go to heaven. There is a "Greater Gospel" that is plainly revealed in the Bible. This Greater Gospel is more complete, more compelling, and more powerful because it goes beyond mere salvation and encompasses the redemption and renewal of all that is. And best of all, it offers us a chance to participate in God's mighty work.
If we are going to think of ourselves as people defined by the good news of Jesus Christ, we ought to be very clear on exactly what we mean by "the Gospel." We will find that as we realize the fullness of the gospel, we will find a corresponding fullness of God's blessing.
Part 1 - "The Greater Gospel 1: What is the Gospel?" The scripture readings are 1 Chronicles 17:7-14 / 1 Corinthians 15:1-5, 20-28 / Matthew 4:17. 23-25
Part 2 - "The Greater Gospel 2: Before All Things." The scripture readings are Genesis 16:1-13 / Colossians 1:15-20 / John 1:1-3
Part 3 - "The Greater Gospel 3: He Became Flesh" The scripture readings are Genesis 1:26-30 / Hebrews 2:14-17 / Matthew 1:1, 17-23
Part 4 - "The Greater Gospel 4: He Died and Was Buried." The scripture readings are Exodus 12:1-13 / 1 Peter 2:20-24 / Mark 13:35-45
Part 5 - "The Greater Gospel 5: He Was Raised From Death." The scripture readings are Isaiah 50:4-9 / 1 Timothy 3:14-16 / Mark 15:1-8
Part 6 - "The Greater Gospel 6: He was Seen By Many." The scripture readings are Job 19:23-27 / 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 / John 20:19-29
Part 7 - "The Greater Gospel 7: He Reigns From Heaven." The scripture readings are Daniel 7:9-18 / Ephesians 1:!5-23 / Luke 22:66-71
Part 8 - "The Greater Gospel 8: He Returns to Judge." The scripture readings are Exodus 34:5-7 / Revelation 19:11-21, 20:11-15 / John 5:24-30
Part 9 - "The Greater Gospel 9: What is so Great About the Greater Gospel?" The scripture readings are Genesis 3:14-15 / Revelation 5:6-10 / Mark 8:27-38
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