Adelaide Chapter

What is the gospel? By Kevin Rogers

March 16, 2024

When I was a young Christian (in my teens), I thought I knew what the gospel was. It was an explanation of how a person became a Christian. I joined a church youth group, and we explained the gospel to people on Rundle Street using a booklet containing the 4 spiritual laws:

  • God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life,
  • Man is sinful and separated from God,
  • Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin, and
  • We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord to be saved.

Eventually, I suspected this definition was simplistic and so I went back to reading the Bible to find out what it said about what the gospel was.

The Sermon on the Mount Carl Bloch, 1890

So, I did a word search on ‘gospel’, especially in the 4 gospels. I found this approach to be frustrating. There are numerous mentions of Jesus preaching the gospel in the 4 gospels, but the meaning seemed to be assumed rather than defined. Try it yourself and you will see what I mean. However, others have asked the same question as me and there are good answers. The gospel includes how a person becomes a Christian, but there is much more. It also describes how we live in this world and what is our ultimate aim and destiny. It is very important.

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Dr Kevin Rogers

Kevin Rogers is the director of Reasonable Faith Adelaide. He was a practising electrical engineer and then became a lecturer, researcher, and research supervisor at the University of South Australia. He is now mostly retired but continues with part-time research. He is also learning New Testament Greek, attends Ingle Farm Baptist Church and is blessed with a wife, 4 children and 8 grandchildren.