Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Gospel in Seven Words

I figure I like a challenge. Many folk seem to have an odd view of the gospel, viewing it purely in terms of love or grace or penal substitution. I think these inadequate, so I'm going to do something about it in seven words or less.

So here it goes:

The empty tomb trumps your gospel.

Or:

Having died and rise, Jesus conquers death.

Or even better:

God will be All in All.

Or:

The gathering of all things in Christ. 

What is your definition in seven of less words?

--Nick

10 comments:

  1. I tried an exercise like this about six months back and this is what I came up with-

    "God's final word, Jesus, unfolding in community."

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  2. Sometimes the message I hear is more like "You are crap and lucky Jesus died"

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    1. I've heard that before. Certainly grew up with that message.

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    2. I think it may be a matter of emphasis. It doesn't take much, at least in my experience, to prove to someone that they need salvation. In fact, most of the atheists/agnostics that I've talked to are fairly aware that "something" is wrong. So I tend to not start with their sin, but start with Jesus. In fact, mostly I just open the newspaper and point to genocide in Africa.

      So, sure, we may/are/can be crap and we are certainly lucky Jesus died, but I think the emphasis should be on "what pleases God" and how do I get to that instead of focusing on the sin that we all know exists. Forgive me this general response. ;)

      --Nick

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  3. hardly enough to summarize the gospel, but here's my attempt:

    Christ conquers, completing creator's corrective correspondence.

    The wording is awkward, but I don't care.

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    1. I dig that, Mark. If I may, what do you mean by correspondence?

      --Nick

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    2. correspondence: Beginning with Mosaic law in the OT, Christ's coming to Earth symbolizes the fulfillment of the Law, compensating for man's inability to live a life pleasing to God because of sin. Christ is, in some ways, the final message God sent necessary for us to come to Him and be rescued from our tainted humanity. (completion is a reference to the entire Old Testament, watching Israel fail and fail again to show us our human inability).

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  4. Nice work here.

    I'll try one;

    'The ungodly declared righteous for Jesus' sake.'

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