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We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ—God’s very wisdom.

Utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved, this good news is christological, centering on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central (the message is “Christ died for our sins . . . [and] was raised”).

This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved).

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4 thoughts on “Gospel Definitions: Gospel Coalition”

  1. Jared White says:

    I know you’re just passing this along, Trevin, but while this is pretty standard fare, it’s pretty dang narrow in my opinion. I’m sure I’m not going to surprise anyone when I say that there are many prominent strains of Christianity these days that are challenging this sort of definition. What about the good news of end-times reconciliation and restoration of all things? What about the good news of corporate salvation of communities and even nations (remember we are to “disciple the nations” according to Jesus’ very own words)? What about the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven, that a new order is descending from the very throne room of God to supernaturally transform the earth (His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven)? What about the good news that the works of satan have been defeated and we now have the power to storm the very gates of hell? What about the good news of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Who indwells us and enables us to carry on the world-changing, earth-shattering, mind-bending, sin-destroying, healing and restoring ministry of Jesus Christ?

    Any gospel which downplays or ignores Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross to save us from sin and eternal separation from God is indeed a false gospel. But I’m not sure a definition such as the one posted above is a true gospel by comparison. Truth is no longer true if important facets of it are lost.

  2. trevinwax says:


    You might take a look at the rest of the Gospel Coalition documents. Much of what you mentioned is included. I only cut and paste what I think is “the center” of the gospel according to the Coalition guys.

  3. Jared White says:

    Well, you just deflated my rant balloon. Now I have to go off and hang my head. :(

    Seriously though, thanks for the response. I’m not familiar with the Gospel Coalition to be honest, so I’ll have to go check them out.

    1. Adam C says:

      It’s in their foundation documents.

      It’s even further explained in the book “The Gospel as Center: Renewing Our Faith and Reforming Our Ministry Practices”.

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