I’m still wrestling with the topic of what is the Gospel? My interest has been piqued in Scot McKnight’s book, “The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited”, in which he seeks to recover the original message of the Gospel apart from our evangelical “salvation culture”. I’m hoping to read that this spring, but in the meantime have been struck by several of the apostle Paul’s pithy gospel references. I’ve taken the liberty of recasting them as six-word stories:
Believe in Jesus and be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Jesus, son of David, is alive! (2 Timothy 2:8)
Christ in you, hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
All of the above are true.
To be fair, the Romans statement is a bit broader and includes reference to the resurrection, but I wanted to contrast the statement above with the 2 Timothy reference, where Paul explicitly draws out the lineage of Jesus as heir to throne of David, essential to the Jewish expectation of the Messiah.
Which six-word story resonates most with you? Or what is your own six-word gospel story?