Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Gospel is not a formula

Jeff Weddle: "It would be nice if we could formulize the Gospel but one thing you’ll find in the Bible is that there is no formula." I recommend reading Jeff's whole article.

Update: John Schroeder shares further thoughts here.

7 Comments:

Blogger NaNcY said...

read it and left a comment.

thanks.

8:48 PM, January 29, 2008  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're welcome, Nancy. I'm glad you read this blog and follow the links. Now I'm interested in going to see your comment at AIM. Peace.

5:44 AM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger NaNcY said...

well, i have to confess that at this point i am a more than a little confused.

i know that God wants for us to have a relationship with Him. and that is very important. and i think that to be open to relating with others in love is also very important.

i am not up on all of the different kinds of beliefs. how many people are?

could you explain your thoughts on this in language that i could understand?

i know that your blog is mainly for preachers. but, i am curious.

10:25 AM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Sure. I can't speak for Jeff, but what made an impression with me is the idea that that gospel is much more than a simple little formula. By "simple formula," I mean reducing the gospel to nothing more than the steps required to be saved. In my tradition that means five steps: hear, believe, repent, confess, and be baptized. Other traditions have even shorter lists.

The outline of the gospel can be stated concisely. For example, 1 Cor. 15:3-7, 1 Tim. 3:16, or Heb. 6:1-2 all include such outlines. But those are at best summaries of the gospel. Jesus proclaimed the "gospel of the Kingdom" (Mt. 4:23; 9:35; 24:14). How an individual comes to be saved is only one part of the good news of the Kingdom. That good news or gospel also includes healing the blind, deaf, lame, and sick, casting out demons, and proclaiming the rule of God. It is being accomplished through the life, death, resurrection, ascension and exaltation of Jesus Christ. In fact, the good news is so rich, that each of the four Gospel writers took a whole book to tell about it.

If we believe the gospel is simply the steps we take to be saved, then the gospel has no use for Christians after we are saved. But in fact, the good news of Jesus' life, death, resurrection, ascension, and exaltation are what continue to shape Christians during our entire lives of discipleship (1 Cor. 2:2; Heb. 12:1-1).

12:51 PM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

It looks like Jeff is trying to say that one size doesn't necessarily fit all when it comes to telling the good news of Jesus Christ. Your final comment at Jeff's blog is also on-target: "it is the Spirit that is leading the way, not a program."

Does any of this help clear up your confusion?

12:55 PM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger NaNcY said...

yes, it helps quite a bit.
thank you, brother m.

2:34 PM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Anytime, sister.

3:56 PM, January 30, 2008  

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