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What is the Gospel?

I have two books in front of me, each with the same title, What Is the Gospel?. A quick search on Amazon shows LOTS of books with similar titles! So, apparently others are a bit confused about this.

As Christians, isn’t the gospel the main thing we are all about? Yet, in informal conversations, many Christians struggle to be able to succinctly explain the gospel. Early results from my survey, show that a lot of people who profess to be Christians have trouble here, too. Hmmm.

A fascinating document, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration,” is an attempt by many well-known theologians to try to come to unity on the essentials. It’s seven pages of explaining. I love this line from the Preamble:

“This Gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.”

As much as I love that line, I struggle with it. I must not be as smart as the small children the document references. And I’m glad to be in good company.

So, what is the Gospel? Yes, it’s “Good News.” It’s even the Best News Ever. If we Christians believe this, why don’t we understand it and talk of it more?

Please tell me where I’m wrong. If you have a clear and succinct summary of the Gospel, please share!

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