Category Archives: Gospel Definitions

Gospel Definitions: Daniel Montgomery & Mike Cosper

Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper speak of the gospel in three aspects: kingdom, cross, and grace.

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Gospel Definitions: Lesslie Newbigin

By the word ‘gospel,’ we are talking about a factual statement.

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Gospel Definitions: John Stott

John Stott points to five important elements in the New Testament definition of “the gospel.”


Gospel Definitions: Jonathan Pennington

A definition of the gospel from Jonathan Pennington.

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Gospel Definitions: Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, Eric Geiger

A definition of “the gospel” from the book, Creature of the Word: The Jesus Centered Church.

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Gospel Definitions: Trevin Wax

After collecting dozens of “gospel definitions” from blogs and books, I’m tackling the question myself – “What is the gospel?”

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Gospel Definitions: W.A. Criswell

The message from our Lord Himself is that Christ suffered and was raised from the dead and that remission of sins should be preached in His name to all people. That is the good news. That is the message. That is the gospel!

– W.A. Criswell, from “The Remission of Sins” in Basic Bible Sermons on the Cross, 85.

(Check out the ongoing series entitled “Gospel Definitions” - the largest grouping of gospel definitions on the internet today.)

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Gospel Definitions: Mike Mercer (Chaplain Mike)

For three years now, I have been steadily gathering a number of definitions of “the gospel” in an ongoing series entitled “Gospel Definitions.” As far as I know, this is the largest grouping of gospel definitions on the internet today. Here is a recent definition put together by Mike Mercer (Chaplain Mike) at

    The Gospel (Good News) is the divinely-authorized proclamation that the appointed time has arrived and God has come to restore his blessing to his broken creation.
    The Gospel announces that the climactic act of God’s story has been accomplished through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, his promised King who fulfilled the story of Israel and inaugurated the Messianic Age. Christ’s finished work atoned for sin, defeated the powers of sin, evil, and death forever, and reconciled this lost and dying world to God.
    The Gospel invites all people to turn from their own wisdom and ways that separate them from God and his blessing, and to trust Jesus for forgiveness and new life in the Holy Spirit as members of his new community of faith, hope, and love.
    The Gospel promises that God’s Kingdom inaugurated in Jesus will be consummated when he returns to raise the dead, pronounce final judgment on all evil, and transform this fallen creation into a new creation in which heaven (God’s realm) and earth (the human realm) are one.

Or more simply, “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.”

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Gospel, Mission, and the Church: A TGC Panel Discussion

The video below is a panel discussion from The Gospel Coalition with Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung, Jonathan Leeman, and Trevin Wax. The conversation centers on the Great Commission and the mission of the local church.

Gospel, Mission, and the Church from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Topics discussed:

    The Gospel: Creation/Fall/Redemption/Restoration vs. God/Man/Christ/Response
    The centrality of the cross in our gospel presentations
    Confusing the gospel and its implications or the fall and its implications
    9Marks and Acts 29: Two camps in dialogue
    Mission of the church and the meaning of “missional”
    How our cultural contexts form the way we react to “missional”
    Taking care in not overwhelming people with mission
    The role of the church in mercy ministries
    How local churches are staying cross-centered while engaged in mercy ministry
    Should a pastor have a defensive or offensive posture when it comes to the gospel and mission?

Here are a few thought-provoking quotes:

Matt Chandler: “The atoning work of Christ is the gravitational pull on the mission and the gospel. If you tell the meta-narrative without the atoning work of Christ, you are no longer telling the meta-narrative.”

Jonathan Leeman: “Our entire lives are the backdrop for speaking gospel words.”

Trevin Wax: “We are suspicious of anything that sounds like it could be used as theological cover to not get engaged in mission.”

Kevin DeYoung:”Our mission is to make disciples of Christ as servants of people; our mission is not to serve people as disciples of Christ.”

Matt Chandler: “Our fundamental posture is offensive in nature. I want my fundamental posture, standing firm on the Word of God, …

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Gospel Definitions: Michael Wittmer

Hear the Christian gospel:

We are all rebellious traitors against God and his kingdom, and for that we are dying now and are destined to suffer forever in the ultimate despair of hell. We are actually God’s enemies (not merely in our imagination), and we deserve whatever torment we have coming. Worse, we are entirely unable to lay down our weapons and change sides, for as the apostle Paul reminds us, we are “dead in our transgressions and sins… by nature deserving of wrath… without hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:1-12). We are unwilling to change, and unable to change our hearts and minds so we would be willing.

God justly could have been content to destroy our insurrection and wipe us from the earth. But he took pity on us, and while “we were God’s enemies,” “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, 10). The cross is a most unusual weapon of choice, but the death of his beloved Son was the only way that God could defeat our sin and death. Satan had become the functional ruler of us and of this world when he tempted Adam and Eve, God’s appointed rulers of creation to switch their allegiance to him. Now a Son of Adam, the Son of God, had come to earth to win us back.

Jesus did not conquer Satan in some heavy-handed way, using his overwhelming force to throw him down. God beat Satan on a level playing field. He became …