What Is the Gospel?

When we’re hoping to understand what a word means, a dictionary is often a great place to start. But certain words require us to do more than simply read and memorize a definition. We shouldn’t be surprised, then, that when we read the dictionary definition of the word Gospel—“the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation”—we’re left with more questions. Who is this Christ? Where is His kingdom? What is salvation? A quick search on the internet tells us Gospel comes from a Greek word that means “good news”—but what exactly is this good news?

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Five Reasons Why We Suffer


Why did God create a world in which suffering exists?

You don’t have to be a philosopher or a doubter of God’s goodness to ask such a question. Look around: everyone suffers, and everyone tries to explain why. Some may say pain is an illusion. Others may reject God, saying that suffering disproves His existence. Still others may try to redefine God, saying that suffering proves His limitations. Yet each of these explanations for suffering is, in its own way, inadequate.

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How Alistair Begg Prepares a Sermon

The following material was adapted from On Being a Pastor by Derek J. Prime and Alistair Begg (©2013). Published by Moody Publishers. www.MoodyPublishers.com. Used by permission.

Preparing a sermon or a talk is a very personal process, and the reason we (Alistair and Derek) share our own approach is that we have been helped over the years as we have asked others how they set about the task. Whatever our method, prayer and personal obedience to the Word of God must come first. The very spirit in which we prepare should express our dependence upon God and our personal willingness to be obedient to what He reveals to us to pass on to His people.

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What Gospel Ministers Do

In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the ministry of the Gospel—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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What Gospel Ministers Don't Do (Part 4 of 4)

In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the ministry of the Gospel—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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What Gospel Ministers Don't Do (Part 3 of 4)

In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the ministry of the Gospel—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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What Gospel Ministers Don't Do (Part 2 of 4)

In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the ministry of the Gospel—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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What Gospel Ministers Don't Do (Part 1 of 4)

For pastors, the Gospel ministry is not always smooth sailing. Jesus said we should anticipate hardship, and when we look at the lives of the apostles, we discover that is exactly what they faced. In 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, however, we find Paul making a series of great declarations concerning the call to ministry—declarations that stand to encourage today’s pastors in their vital work:

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What Characteristics Mark an Effective Church? Part 7 of 7: Continuous Evangelism

How does a local church share the good news of the Gospel to those outside its congregation? And how does that compare to the standard given by the acts of the apostles? In this final segment looking at the marks of an effective church, Alistair reminds us how God works to add to the number of those who are being saved. If you've benefited from this series of brief talks, listen to all eight full-length messages in the study Seven Marks of an Effective Church.

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What Characteristics Mark an Effective Church? Part 6 of 7: A Worshiping Community

Have you ever been reluctant to sing wholeheartedly at church? Alistair reminds us that singing gives God the glory that's due to His name. Learning the marks of an effective church from the book of Acts, we discover how foundational praise was to the first-century believers and how it remains essential for us today when we gather in our local churches. Click here to hear more about the importance of a worshiping community.

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