Part One – Introduction
The Gospel does not centre around us. It is about God. He is the central character in His story, though it does involve us. The Gospel is the key to Christian life. It is not like a ticket that, once you hear it, you can put it away in your pocket and say, “Right, that’s me sorted. I don’t need to do anymore.” A more apt analogy would be to liken the Gospel to the key of a car – it is used to get in it and to run it.
What exactly is the Good News of the Gospel and where can we find it? Our initial response may be to say that it is about how Jesus died on the cross for our salvation and that we can read about it in the first four books of the New Testament. That would be right, however, it is only a part of it. Jesus is fundamental to the Gospel, but we need to go further back than the New Testament to understand the whole of God’s story.
The Gospel is grounded in the Old Testament, beginning with the book of Genesis. A preliminary definition would be – The Good News that Jesus Christ has accomplished everything God needs to fulfil his plan. But what was God’s plan?
To be continued