The gospel of Christ

The gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. Rom 1:16

-Concerning God’s power:
The gospel is the good news that Jesus has bridged the gap existing between God and man, the gap created by wrath, sin, law, death, in a process called justification
The gospel is the good news that God has not abandoned this world that belongs to the evil one, but is actively breaking out His kingdom reign here and now. He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness in a process called redemption. 
The gospel is the good news that the Spirit of God dwells and works within His people to accomplish Kingdom goals beyond what we can ask or imagine in a process called sanctification.
 
-Concerning the believer:
The gospel is the good news that all people are freely offered grace, regardless of race, nation, or tribe under Jesus.
The gospel is the good news that there is a way of life that leads to true life under the reign of God.
The gospel is the good news that the spirit enacts in believers a fruitful life.
The gospel is the good news that a community of believers exits to bear witness to the world and edify one another.

-Contrast to the world: salvation both now and later
The gospel is the world view that the incarnation of God changes everything, turning the rules of the world upside down. Life now reigns over death. Jesus orients a follower to making Christian decisions and having Kingdom values. This is in contrast to the values of the world. 
Faith and Spirit replace self and flesh. This is the life that is truly life.
 
-Active in bringing:
Followers must follow Christ by continuing his mission. 
His mission is seeking the lost, advocacy, holiness, and faithful relationship. 
The world will one day be redeemed by God, justice brought, wrongs righted, rights rewarded. 
Death is no longer the victor in the world. 
God’s will can be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Shannon Cooper

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