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What is the Gospel?

September 27, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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This morning I was listening to a podcast of the Catalyst West Conference. During the conference John Ortberg was interviewing Dallas Willard. In the course of the discussion, Ortberg asked “what is the church getting wrong and needs to change for the future?”

The discussion then turned to the gospel. Ortberg observed that the gospel for years has been around “how to get to heaven when you die.” In response, Willard observed:

“The gospel is how to get into heaven before you die”

In order words the life and ministry of Jesus was not primarily about life after death but life before death. It is the view of making the word “eternal” an adjective and not a destination.

Take the classic statement by Jesus and look at it through new eyes:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him…

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