The Importance of 1 Corinthians 15

The Importance of 1 Corinthians 15

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. Simply put, 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 makes it crystal clear that the three elements we noted in Mark 8:27-31—Jesus is the Christ, he died for our sins, and he was resurrected—actually are essential elements of the gospel. Look carefully […]

The Seven Elements of Jesus’ Gospel

The Seven Elements of Jesus’ Gospel

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. “My plea is that we go back to the New Testament to discover all over again what Jesus’ gospel is.”1 —Scot McKnight When we speak of the gospel that Jesus preached, it’s critical that we examine the New […]

Gospel Confusion

Gospel Confusion

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. “A general fog of confusion swirls around [the gospel] these days. When it comes right down to it, Christians just don’t agree on what the gospel is—even Christians who call themselves evangelical.”1 —Greg Gilbert, What is the Gospel? […]

Discipleship Isn’t Optional

Discipleship Isn’t Optional

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. The contemporary church is quite human and behaves very much like Jesus’ fellow Nazarenes. The kingdom of God has had as much trouble getting underway in the contemporary church as it did when Jesus did great work in […]

What Happened to Following Jesus?

What Happened to Following Jesus?

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. Most of Jesus’ apostles were in their late teens and early twenties. They were products of orthodox Jewish homes and local synagogues, where they had learned the Scriptures. They were conversant with the great messianic passages from the […]

The Discipleship Gospel 
(a.k.a. The Kingdom Gospel)

The Discipleship Gospel 
(a.k.a. The Kingdom Gospel)

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. New Testament scholars agree that Jesus spoke about the kingdom of God more than anything else during his earthly ministry—more than one hundred times.[1] To explain its mysteries, he used many parables and metaphors. But to say that […]

The Importance of a Discipleship Theology

The Importance of a Discipleship Theology

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. “As egg-headed as it may sound, our basic problem is our theology. The problem is our doctrine of salvation.”[1] —Dallas Willard Why must we define the gospel today? Let’s start with a common scene that takes place in […]