This past Sunday I tried to talk a little bit about expanding our understanding of the gospel and the story of what God has done and is doing in His world. I talked a bit about the “kingdom” and Jesus’ emphasis on the kingdom.
We have often heard the “gospel” talked about in our churches as the “plan of salvation” — how you can be sure you will go to heaven when you die. It’s a very “me”-centred message, and it tends to leave us with a much smaller idea of God and his true purposes and plans than Scripture itself gives us.
There are many helpful voices out there right now who are trying to recover a healthier and more robust gospel, one that is in line with the Bible itself, and one that is more about God than me.
If you can take five minutes, you might be interested to watch this video featuring Scot McKnight, a New Testament scholar, blogger, and the author of a book called “The King Jesus Gospel,” which is a book that would be well-worth checking out. Here’s the link: