Here’s my definition of the gospel:
The gospel is the story of God reconciling and redeeming through the life, death, burial, resurrection, and future return of Jesus Christ as fulfillment of Old Testament promises. The gospel is a witness to God’s grace.
- Reconciling: healing a relationship broken by sin.
- Redeeming: giving purpose and power.
- Grace: We don’t work for it. Earn it. Or deserve it.
- It all centers upon Jesus
We must preach in both word and deed. Yet our proclamation of the gospel must be rooted in three things:
Conviction: Standing firm, rooted in the truth of the gospel.
Compassion: Genuine concern and care for people.
Courage: Willing to speak truth in love … even when its difficult.
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. – 2 Timothy 4:2
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. – Romans 1:16