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Chuck Bomar planted and is Lead Pastor of Colossae Church in Portland, Oregon and is founder of both CollegeLeader (www.CollegeLeader.org) and iampeople (www.iampeople.org). He is author of 8 books, including the highly anticipated releases of Better Off Without Jesus and Losing Your Religion. When he is not traveling the country speaking at conferences or consulting with church or denominational leaders, he is home with his family, the place he loves to be more than any other. Chuck and his wife, Barbara, have three beautiful daughters: Karis, Hope and Sayla.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 12.05.35 PMThis post is really about asking a question. Or, maybe two questions. Well, okay, three. Anyways…

The first question tends to be pretty simple for us to answer: When you think of the “gospel message” what do you think about? How do you articulate the gospel? I would encourage you to STOP here and mentally think through how you would articulate the gospel to someone in your ministry in 30 seconds or less. Seriously, don’t read any further until you take a second to do that.

Ready?

The second question is: Did Jesus ever teach the gospel you just articulated?

If you’re normal…and if you’re really honest…and if you take time to read through the gospels…then I believe you would end up with the same conclusion I did about 6 years ago where you would answer, “No he did not.”

Then, this leads us to an interesting tension point where we then need to ask: Why not…was Jesus off-base?  Of course we would say he was not, but this does force us to ask other questions.

Let me know your thoughts,

Chuck

4 COMMENTS

  • Kyle says:

    I appreciate the challenge, Chuck. I think the difference between then and Now is that when Jesus was living, the mystery of the gospel was not fully revealed. In fact, Jesus often told people to keep silent when they found out the truth of the Gospel. However, many of the things that Jesus spoke about were then confirmed by the apostles. Paul laid out a clear picture of the Gospel in Romans (thus people use the Romans road).

    To answer the heart of your question, though, I appreciate that often we can lose the spirit of the gospel when we mechanized it. The gospel is meant to be lived and experienced, not just spoken or memorized.

    • Chuck Bomar says:

      Hey Kyle, thanks so much for your feedback and input. Yes, I think I would agree with you on a few fronts. Lately, however, I have been thinking through Jesus’ description of the gospel in Mark 1:14-15. For him, here, the good news is that God’s Kingdom (i.e. God’s reign) was at hand. I have also been thinking the implications of this for our more formulaic expressions of the gospel. Anyway, just thoughts here…thanks for taking the time to engage on this issue.

  • Andrew Simmons says:

    I think the answer is more obvious. I believe Jesus is the gospel. The gospel he proclaimed is the kingdom he represented and reproduced that was worth repenting or leaving your lifestyle for. Paul unpacked all that this meant in Romans but the gospel is still essentially Jesus- his life death, resurrection and all that it meant. Jesus is the kingdom and the gospel.

  • Tad says:

    Keep it simple. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Jesus came to save the world” (John 3:16). The Gospel is the good news of our Savior, so share Jesus with our actions, actions, actions, and words.

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