The Gospel Across the Spectrum
Christianity offers Good News to the world. But what is it?
The Christian message is distinguished from other kinds of good news by the technical term ‘Gospel.’ But what does it mean?
The word derives from the Old English ‘Godspell,’ which in turn was a translation of the first century Greek ‘Eu-Angelion’ that simply meant … ‘Good News.’ Which takes us back to square one.
The Greek term has also given us the words ‘evangelist’ – often associated positively with global figures like Billy Graham and negatively with some exploitative American television personalities. Many who would call themselves Christians would say the Good News they believe in has little or nothing to do with the messages of these celebrities.
So what is the Good News of Christianity? The 19th century preacher, DL Moody, said he could write it on a dime - a coin embossed with just 7 words. Could you?
This week at CHOW we have invited three ministers from different Christian traditions to share and expound their ‘Gospel in seven words;’ to debate each other’s views; and to respond to questions from the floor.
Roger Davies: Quennevais Evangelical Church
David Jones: St Luke’s Church
Gerry Baudain: St Martin's Church
We invite you to post your ‘Gospel in 7 Words’ in the Discuss comments feature below and join the discussion at Church House on Wednesday 14 November and/or online.
Tim Nash is Assistant Minister at St Paul's Church in New Street and runs a business called Access China offering consultancy, training and language tuition.