The Gospel

Three Reasons Why Christ’s Ascension Matters to You

The ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven is one of the most important events recorded in the New Testament. But though it occupies an important place in Scripture, it doesn’t get a lot of attention today, even among Christians. My guess is that you probably haven’t...

Justification

INTRODUCTION The issue of justification has had a lasting influence on the Christian understanding of the topic of salvation and its relationship to eternal security. Biblical scholars have developed numerous stances on this theological understanding often resulting...

Being enamored by the gospel

We’ve thus far defined the gospel, talked about its cosmic implications, and last time showed one practical way in which the gospel affects our relationships. I have argued that the gospel is more than just good news—and certainly nothing less—as well as it affecting...
Gospel Series: The Trinity and the Gospel

Gospel Series: The Trinity and the Gospel

Editors note: This is a brand new series on the Gospel designed to help our readers think through what the Gospel is and what it demands. The first post in this series was by Chris Poblete who wrote on the Triune Work of Salvation. The second post in this series was...

Gospel Series: Gospel Service

Gospel Series: Gospel Service

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matt 20.28 “…serving God as a grateful response to the gospel is the calling of every Christian.” Nate Palmer Gospel service comes in two parts. First, in gospel...

Gospel Series: Confession, Repentance and Forgiveness

Gospel Series: Confession, Repentance and Forgiveness

Introduction Psalm 32 is often classified by scholars as a thanksgiving hymn, one in which worshipers give thanks to God for the joy of having their sins forgiven. Due to the phrase “when I kept silent” found in verse 3, it has been common to connect this Psalm to...

Gospel Series: Reconciliation: A Message of Hope in a broken world

Gospel Series: Reconciliation: A Message of Hope in a broken world

Introduction The result of God’s just wrath being satisfied is reconciliation (katallaso, katallage). We do not reconcile ourselves to God; God reconciles Himself to us and us to Him. Paul especially emphasizes this point in Romans 5. Romans 5:7-11 says, “For one will...

Gospel Series: Justification: The Gospel of Peace

Gospel Series: Justification: The Gospel of Peace

Many evangelical churches truncate the gospel. They focus primarily on the benefits of the gospel for us. They explore the depths of our salvation, but rarely talk about Creation, Fall, or Consummation. Salvation is a crucial act in the gospel story as we explored...

Gospel Series: Easter’s Big “If”

Gospel Series: Easter’s Big “If”

What are we saying when we gather to worship on Easter Sunday? We are actually saying something radical, are we not? We’re saying that an itinerant rabbi who lived 2,000 years ago in a backwater town in the Middle East is actually God. But we’re saying more than that,...