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A global gospel

The gospel is global. You can’t get anymore global than, “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16). But, Rosalee Velloso Ewell explains how it’s decidedly particular in its universality.

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This talk was filmed at a national consultation, entitled, 'A Faithful Gospel: How should we understand what the gospel is?'. It is the first in a series of five events taking place as part of the Evangelical Alliance's 'Confidence in the Gospel' initiative.

Download a synopsis of this video, along with questions for discussion

Discussion questions

For small groups

  1. In what ways do you think we have over-personalised the gospel and therefore lost some of its global aspects?
  2. Rosalee spoke of how the global gospel "destabilises our identity" and the need for it to be "reconfigured through the person of Jesus". In practice, what does this look like?
  3. What does it mean to "plant seeds and let the Spirit grow it"? Can we think of examples of where we might have tried to control or determine outcomes rather than let God surprise us?

For leadership teams

  1. Is the gospel we proclaim as global as it should be?
  2. In personalising the gospel message, have we made it less particular, while simultaneously not making it universal enough? How can we help people understand the particularity and universality of the gospel?
  3. Is there a difference between being "evangelistic about the gospel" and "having a gospel that is inherently evangelistic"? Do we need to rediscover the evangelistic nature of the gospel message?