The Gospel Defined

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The gospel of moralistic therapeutic deism is running rampant in the church. In an interview with Mark Galli, theologian Michael Horton says we are tempted to live a Christless Christianity because we are human-centered rather than God-centered. The gospel is not a matter of doing the right things or trying harder. Horton says, “The gospel isn’t ‘Follow Jesus’ example’ or ‘Transform your life’ or ‘How to raise good children.’ The gospel is: Jesus Christ came to save sinners—even bad parents, even lousy followers of Jesus, which we all are on our best days.”

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:14–17; 1 Corinthians 1:18–25; 15:1–11; Galatians 3:1–11


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: The gospel applies to everyone.
Teaching point two: The gospel is about the death and resurrection of Christ.
Teaching point three: The gospel challenges all human-centered religious notions.
Teaching point four: The gospel is about faith, not works.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources


    • Christ at the Margins, interview by Mark Galli (2009, 4 printed pages)

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