Does God promise Christians material wealth and physical health in this life?

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In the gospel, God gives us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3): we’re made righteous in his sight, freed from slavery to sin, given the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, adopted into God’s family, and ultimately given eternal life.

What is the difference between a man-centered gospel and the true gospel?

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There are countless man-centered “gospels” on offer today. Such “gospels” say things like, “God wants to make you rich and prosperous in this life,” or “God wants to heal you of every physical and emotional ailment,” or “God wants to provide for whatever needs you feel you have.”

But how do these man-centered gospels differ from the true, biblical, God-centered gospel?

Is penal substitutionary atonement central to the gospel or just one of many metaphors?

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Some scholars and church leaders argue that penal substitutionary atonement—the doctrine that when Jesus died on the cross God punished him for the sins of his people, in whose place he stood—is at best one scriptural metaphor among many. Such teachers argue that we should push penal substitution to the sidelines of the gospel message.

What content is necessary in order to share the gospel?

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In order to share the gospel you must tell someone the truth about

What are the most dangerous threats to the gospel today?

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It’s impossible to answer what’s “most” dangerous to the gospel today without God’s knowledge of everything. But here are some prominent threats that loom on the horizon:

What are some messages that people falsely claim are the gospel?

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What is the gospel?

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The gospel is the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to reconcile sinners to God. Here’s the whole story:

Should church services primarily be for evangelizing non-Christians or building up Christians?

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First Corinthians 14 provides us with some of the most detailed instruction about the corporate gatherings of Christians in all of the New Testament. In this chapter, Paul explains that church services should primarily be for building up Christians.

What are some weaknesses in current missional thinking?

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Historical revisionism. Many missional authors make a far bigger deal out of our culture’s move to postmodernity than a sober biblical assessment warrants. 

What are some strengths in current missional thinking?

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Corporate witness. Some missional authors rightly emphasize that the church’s corporate witness hugely impacts its faithfulness and success in carrying out the mission God has given it. Missional living. Missional writers rightly urge evangelical Christians to adopt a missional posture, gearing all of their lives around fulfilling the Great Commission.

What is the local church’s mission according to the Bible?

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According to Scripture, the local church’s mission is to proclaim, preserve, and display the gospel.

What is the missional church?

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The basic premise of the missional church is that mission is the very essence of the church. This is a larger claim than saying that every individual member of the church is a missionary: it is a claim that the church itself is a sign, a foretaste, an instrument, and an agent of God’s kingdom reign on earth.

Does the emerging church get the gospel right?

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The short answer is that some individuals identifying themselves as “emerging” get the gospel right and some don’t. And often it’s not easy to tell whether someone has “crossed the line” and denied the gospel. Some individuals affirm the right things but emphasize the wrong things. Others affirm the right things but entirely redefine them. Still others affirm parts of the truth and say nothing about the rest of the truth.

Is the main point of the gospel the transformation of culture?

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Absolutely not. The main point of the gospel is the forgiveness of sins through the death of Christ (Luke 24:47).  One promise of God that is bound up with the gospel is that one day God will graciously re-create a new earth in which his people will dwell with him in perfect harmony (Rom. 18-25; Rev. 21:1-22:5). So, one day there will be a totally transformed culture, composed entirely of God’s perfected people dwelling in a new earth.

Why are so many church leaders today talking about contextualization?

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A lot of people today are talking about contextualization because it’s a fancy way to justify targeting the subset of the population they like best. Some people argue that we have to “contextualize” the gospel and the church into punk rock culture, or elite urban culture, or artsy hipster culture, or rich suburban culture in order to reach such groups of people.