The Anomaly of Evangelism (Part 4)

It’s time I get somewhat on track with regards to my series on the gospel and evangelism (after another 2 and half week break). For those interested, here are part 1, part 2 and part 3.

But as a brief recap, I have claimed that we could be missing something important, something central to the reality of what the gospel (or evangel) is, and thus we are missing something important with our proclamation of the evangel, what we call evangelism.

The central missing characteristic is that of the announcement of God’s kingdom coming in Jesus, the Messiah-King. Jesus was and is and will always be King, and he came to fulfil the story and promises as God’s Messiah-King. That is the announcement that Jesus proclaimed in the Gospels (or Gospel) himself. And it is important to centre our understanding of the gospel in the great Evangel-Bearer, Jesus Christ.

Then, from this reality, we move into the story of what Jesus did, as found in the Gospels and expounded upon in the Epistles. We see Jesus’ kingship and rule established in the most unique of ways – through his sacrificial and grueling atoning death on the cross and then through his powerful resurrection from the dead. And because of this, forgiveness of sins can be granted, we are called into relationship with our God as sons and daughters, and we can now enjoy the community known as the church-ekklesia. Continue reading

The Anomaly of Evangelism (Part 3)

I recognise I have been quite poor at keeping up on my series on evangelism and the gospel. Such is reality, but I wanted to go ahead and launch into the third installment of this series.

The first post was merely setting the scene following a pastors meeting in which I recently participated. From it, I have wondered whether we really grasp what the gospel (or good news, evangel) is and what it means to evangelise (or make the good news known). Not that our understanding and ways today are totally irrelevant or wrong, but rather that a) they might not be as ‘biblically founded’ as we first thought and b) we might need to reconsider how to make the good news known in our world today.

The second post was a look at the gospel in the Gospels, or the gospel proclaimed by God’s Messianic-Kingly Son, Jesus. Jesus proclaimed the good news that the kingdom rule of God had come near. And the fact is that this was absolute good news to the Jews (well, if they understood the full ramifications of such a message). But Jesus came proclaiming an evangel, a gospel, that God’s rule had come near. And subsequently, God’s people could now be set free. Continue reading

The Priority of the Kingdom

Last week on my blog, I posted my sermon teaching from Cornerstone. I had specifically started a series on the kingdom of God and began by looking at how the gospel and the kingdom rule of God are very intricately connected. You can click the link to hear and/or read my message notes.

So this week, I do the same by posting the audio and message notes below. I continued on in the series by looking at 4 pointers to the priority of the kingdom. And, yes, the kingdom even takes priority over church, God’s ekklesia. Continue reading

Why Do We Run & Jump to Paul?

So I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about the gospel these days. And I know I need to post part 3 of my series on evangelism soon (part 1 is here; part 2 is here).

Surrounding this whole discussion, I believe there is a serious question we all need to ask ourselves concerning the gospel:

Why is it that we so easily run and jump to Paul’s writings rather than starting with Christ and the Gospels (or we could even ask about starting from the creation)? Continue reading

The King Jesus Gospel

As I recently made known, we started up a series on the kingdom of God at Cornerstone this past Sunday (the audio and notes can be found at this link). And, though I had originally planned to purchase and read Scot McKnight’s newest release, The King Jesus Gospel, I had thought I would do it at some point down the road. Yet I decided to go ahead and get the book this week, believing it would be able to give some more insight into the gospel of the kingdom as I prepared my messages.

Hence, this week I purchased the book and have read about a third of it so far. The reason I held back at first is that, from what I can tell by reading other’s blogs about some of the book’s central points, I believe I was already on a similar page to McKnight. And I reckoned a lot of what he says has already been addressed by such New Testament studies pillars as N.T. Wright and George Ladd.

But, again, noting my recent preaching series that has begun, and also knowing I really like McKnight’s approaches to biblical studies and theology, I decided to purchase the book sooner rather than later. It has proved a good and stirring read thus far. Continue reading