John Stott on a bigger gospel

It is the comprehensiveness of Paul’s message that is impressive. He proclaimed God in his fullness as Creator, Sustainer, Ruler, Father, and Judge. All this is part of the gospel, or, at least, the necessary prolegomena to the gospel. Many people are rejecting our gospel today, not because they perceive it to be false, but because they perceive it to be trivial. They are looking for an integrated worldview that makes sense of all their experience. We learn from Paul that we cannot preach the gospel of Jesus without the doctrine of God, or the cross without creation, or salvation without judgment, or vice-versa. Today’s world needs a bigger gospel, the full gospel of Scripture, what Paul later in Ephesians was to call “the entire plan of God” (Acts 20:27 NAB).

John Stott  (on Paul’s sermon in Athens, Acts 17)

John Stott, Through the Bible, Through the Year: Daily Reflections from Genesis to Revelation, 334 quoted by Christopher J.H. Wright, The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission (Biblical Theology for Life), 46.

2 comments on “John Stott on a bigger gospel

  1. j says:

    Ted,
    This is a great quote from Stott I should say. Not only is the world in how they view the gospel as narrow, sometimes Christians also present a narrow gospel. I think some of the blame must come to us here, as we tend to frame the gospel to fit what Stott calls “an integrated worldview that makes sense” of the worldview of those who don’t believe in the gospel.

    • j, Yes. It’s one thing for us to find a way to speak the gospel into culture, in a contextual manner. It’s something else when we speak a gospel that fits into culture. The gospel turns the world upside down, as we read of its response in the Acts. Thanks!

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