This article was published in Evangelical Missions Quarterly, summer 2015.
We Think Small about the Gospel.
Over the past 50 years, Christians have usually defined the Gospel like this: “We sinned - Jesus died - Trust Jesus - Go to heaven, not hell - The end.”
This is a very small understanding of the Gospel. It’s true, but it’s not the whole truth, like a few pieces out of a stained glass window.
That kind of Gospel doesn’t actually change our world. That kind of Gospel is contained to a 6 inch box around our hearts. That kind of Gospel is just a ticket to heaven instead of hell. That kind of Gospel is too small - WAY too small.
But that’s the kind of Gospel we usually preach and teach. We imagine and live a small Gospel. ...