March 10, 2018
What does the word ‘gospel’ mean?
What did it mean to the general public in the first century?
Discuss George’s words….
To the Roman mind, the word “gospel” meant, joyful news of something important to be celebrated. This joyful news of something important to be celebrated usually had reference to the emperor – his birthday, or a victory in battle. Mark’s opening words would be understood by his Roman audience as a joyous important announcement that signaled a new situation for the world.
2. ‘Gospel’ in the Christian context.
How did Mark start his book which we know as ‘The Gospel According to Mark’? Mark 1:1
Define in your own words what you understand the word ‘Gospel’ to mean according to the passages below. Is there another word(s) which could be used in place of ‘gospel’ to explain its meaning in the Christian context?
• Mark 1:1, 1Cor. 9:12, Rom. 1:9.
• Acts 20:24.
• Matt. 4:23, 9:35, 24:14.
• Eph. 6:15.
• Rev. 14:6.
Right from the beginning as he began his book who does Mark clearly make the centre of his focus and what two things does he say about Him?
What is John the Baptist’s role? Mark 1:2-8, John 1:6-8, 19-28.
Read Paul’s summary of the definition of the meaning of the ‘Gospel of Jesus Christ’. Write down the points he makes in 1 Cor. 15:3-8.
A. 1 Cor 15:3
B. 1 Cor. 15:4
C. 1 Cor. 15:4
D. 1Cor 15:5-8
In sharing the Gospel to those who are not Christians is there anything else you would need to include, as an introduction, during or following? Read what the following people said:
A. Jesus, Mark 1:15.
B. Peter, Acts 2:38.
C. Paul, Acts 26:20.
What does this mean? Discuss in your group Georges following words:
Repent & believe the gospel was the message that Jesus spoke to the people in His day. This continues to be the message that God has for people today – for you & me.
Jesus preached that repentance was a pre-requisite to enter the Kingdom of God. Repentance is about a change of direction regarding sin & self. Repentance is the first step for people who realize they are condemned before God because of their sin. Repentance is for people who have had enough of living a sin-filled & sin-focused life. Repentance is an action word, not a feeling word – repentance is something you do. To experience the good news of the gospel requires repentance & belief.
Have you repented and believe in Jesus as your Savoiur?
If you haven’t repented and turned to Christ and put your faith in Him as your Saviour what is holding you back? Discuss with others in your group and ask them to pray for you. Ask God to help you? Read how God feels about you. 2 Peter 3:9.
If your answer is yes, how do you know? What is the evidence your life demonstrates?
Consider Georges closing words from Sunday:
For those who have repented and believed the Gospel, the challenge in the words of Philippians 1:27 is “walk worthy of the gospel” or as another version puts it “let your manner of life be as it becomes the gospel of Christ.” This is about becoming a living witness to the gospel through the way you live your life.