Introduction: What is the Gospel?

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“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” – Isaiah 52:7

“The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” – Psalm 103:19

  1. What has the term “gospel” meant to you?
  1. Word Study – The English terms “good news” or “gospel” come from these words in the original texts:
    • Hebrew Old Testament – bśr (verb), bĕśōrâ (noun) (Royal announcement)
      • 2 Samuel 18:19-31
      • 1 Kings 1:38-48 (especially vs. 42)
      • Isaiah 52:7
    • Greek New Testament – euangelizō (verb), euangelion (noun) (Good/eu – Announcement/angelion)
      • Luke 3:1-20 – What is the significance of vs 9 specifically? What is about to be cut down?
      • Matthew 4:23
      • Mark 1:14-15
    • What was the “good news” centered around in those Old Testament passages?
    • What was the “good news” centered around in those New Testament passages?
  1. The word “Kingdom” (in relation to the Kingdom of God) is mentioned in the New Testament 139 times! In contrast, “Resurrection” (which we know is a critical concept to the Christian faith!) is only mentioned 42 times.
    • Has this Kingdom already arrived? Are there aspects of the Kingdom that have not yet arrived?
      • Mark 1:14-15
      • Ephesians 2:6
      • Colossians 1:12-13
      • Matthew 25:31-34
      • 1 Corinthians 4:16-20
      • 1 Corinthians 15:24
      • Hebrews 2:8-9
      • Luke 4:17-21 – The Lord’s favor is “already,” his vengeance is “not yet.”
  1. How does the whole Bible story shape what that “good news” entails?
    • Genesis 1:31
    • Genesis 12:2-3
    • 2 Samuel 7:12-13
    • Daniel 2:44
    • Luke 4:18-21
    • Matthew 24:14
    • Romans 8:18-25
    • 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
    • Revelation 11:15
    • Revelation 19:16
    • Revelation 21:1-4
  1. What is the believer’s role in spreading this “good news” of God’s Kingdom?
    • Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15
    • Acts 1:8
    • 2 Corinthians 5:16-20
  1. The “Good News” has always centered around God’s desire to establish his Kingdom with his followers. He wanted to co-rule with Adam and Eve in the Garden. He wanted to display his Kingdom to the nations through Israel. Now he wants to display his Kingdom through the Church. The King has come, and he brought the new Kingdom with him. He didn’t come just to be a “personal savior.” He came to take his rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords. Are we proclaiming that good news? Do we believe it? (Matthew 6:33)

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