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: 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,...

Gospel Series: Jesus Expiate That

Gospel Series: Jesus Expiate That

Jesus Expiate That In our home in Tulsa we had an oubliette in the garage. Oubliette is French for “a place of forgetting”. Whenever something broke, I would stick it in that corner and leave it. Sometimes this would be for weeks, months, or even a year. I loved that...

Gospel Series: Right-Sizing Our Affections

Gospel Series: Right-Sizing Our Affections

I couldn’t contain my emotion… joy bubbled up and over, each tear singing hallelujah for what God had done - my son Gavin was born! Even now the memory of his birth stirs me deeply. Perhaps you can relate. Each of us experiences a wide range of emotions as we move...

Gospel Series: Christ, Our Substitute

Gospel Series: Christ, Our Substitute

  “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) WHAT IS SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT? The cross of Jesus is where the substitutionary atonement happened. On the cross, Jesus served...

Gospel Series: Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

Gospel Series: Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” (Luke 23:34) Jesus Christ, the God-Man, committed the most scandalously humble act in human history: He made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born as a man who was obedient...

Gospel Series: Quickened by Grace, in Christ

Gospel Series: Quickened by Grace, in Christ

  A study put together using notes from the classic Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have...

Gospel Series: Jesus, His Critics and How to Handle Criticism

Gospel Series: Jesus, His Critics and How to Handle Criticism

  Introduction Criticism can either be helpful or unhelpful. Criticism is unhelpful when it aims to attack the person and belittle them. Criticism is helpful when it aims to help the person grow to be like Jesus. In today’s post from Luke 23:6-12, we will learn...

Gospel Series: God Uses Ordinary People In Extraordinary Ways

Gospel Series: God Uses Ordinary People In Extraordinary Ways

God uses ordinary people in exordinary ways for His glory. At first it may seem that that statement isn’t quite right and you may not believe it. After all aren’t only “super Christians” used by God?” You may be thinking, “I’m just a lay person what can God do with...

Gospel Series: The Triune Work of Salvation

Gospel Series: The Triune Work of Salvation

The whole work of salvation for sinners is a uniquely Trinitarian work. Consider the following passages: The Father ordains the work of salvation Salvation was His Plan. John 17:1-7, "When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,...