What is the Gospel?


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Sunday in Bible class I asked my junior highers to define what the Gospel is. I put them in groups, and had them list what they thought the gospel is. They all knew it meant "good news." But, I was pushing for more depth (not always an easy task with junior high kids). Here are some the responses on their lists:
1. a type of music
2. good news
3. something that involves Jesus
4. something that involves us
5. The first four books of the New Testament

I had them turn to 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, and had them read there, and then asked them to tell me what the Gospel is? They were surprised at what they found out. That Jesus' death on the cross for the forgiveness of sins, burial, and resurrection three days later constitutes the gospel. I had them do this exercise because in church they hear the word "gospel" often, but often aren't told what "gospel" is and as we are embarking on our journey through the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul uses this word often.

Knowing why the good-news is good-news is important, it's foundational to living as a Christian. I suggest we all spend some time reflecting on the gospel and what it means for us in everyday life. But, don't take my word on it. Read 1 Corinthians 15, and see if you come away with a clear picture of the Gospel.


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