You’ve probably heard the term “Gospel” before. Churchy folk use it all the time. But what does it actually mean?
The short answer is “Good News.”
“Gospel” literally means “Good News,” and that’s quite telling.
Jesus did not proclaim a philosophy, a program, a body of rituals and rules, or even a religion. He proclaimed good news. That’s why the poor and the sick and the outcasts and the broken-hearted flocked to him, because he had some good news.
So, if you’ve been to a church and what you heard didn’t sound like good news, then maybe they weren’t giving you the Gospel, because the Gospel is good news.
More on what the actual good news is later…