In church we talk a lot about ‘the gospel’, and how ‘the gospel’ is our message and our hope. However, if someone outside church asked someone inside church to explain what ‘the gospel’ actually means, what might they say?
With the best of intentions I think many would say something like, “the gospel is a declaration of the love of God”, then they would perhaps quote a Bible passage like John 3:16, “For God so loved the world He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believ
Mark 4:26-29, the parable of the growing seed: “He also said, 'This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come”. In the parable of the growing seed Jesus teaches
Luke 8:22-25: “One day Jesus said to His disciples, 'Lets go over to the other side of the lake'. So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, 'Master, Master, we are going to drown!' He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided and all was calm. 'Where is your faith?' he asked his disci