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The apostolic gospel

Michael Green provides the keynote address at a national consultation exploring the question, "What is the Gospel?" He explores how the apostles approached the gospel by looking at the three word roots that are found in the New Testament for spreading the Christian message, (1) euangelizō, meaning ‘to tell good news’, (2) kēryssō, meaning ‘to proclaim’, and (3) martyreō meaning ‘to witness’.

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The consultation, entitled, "A Faithful Gospel: How should we understand what the gospel is?" is the first in a series of five, 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. When we communicate the gospel, is it heard as good news? What can we do to ensure people see that the good news of Jesus is good news for them?
  2. How can we make sure we are staying faithful to the whole of the apostolic gospel, not just the parts that suit us?
  3. 2000 years later, how can we be part of the process of 'bearing witness to the facts' of the good news of Jesus?

For leadership teams

  1. How does the gospel we present compare to the gospel presented by the early Church? What is missing from our presentation of the gospel?
  2. In terms of how we communicate the gospel, what can we learn from Michael's overview of the early Church's approach?
  3. The apostles placed great importance on connecting the gospel to the Old Testament. How should we do this, when our audience has a limited understanding of the scriptures?