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In this two-part video Scot McKnight seeks to asnswer the question: Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?

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Scot McKnight is a widely-recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois).

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Dr. Luke Kauffman

commented on Nov 5, 2011

Dr. McKnight is making a simple issue in the New Testament an equation that needs technical decoding. One doubt's if a person who is not a christian would have understood the Gospel, and become a christian at the end of Dr. McKnights lecture. When leaving a large church on a Sunday morning in New York city, Billy Graham said, "I heard a wonderful Bible sermon, today, but, I did not hear the Gospel." So, I have listened to a wonderful lecture about the Gospel, but I did not hear a compelling formula on how to accept the Gospel, such as, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved."

Frank Coleman

commented on Nov 5, 2011

EXCELLENT!!! Dr. McKnight. I did not look at your LECTURE as a message OF the gospel but as a message ABOUT the gospel as it appears Dr. Kauffman did. No "decoding" needed. I thought it was concise and drove the point that the GOSPEL is not the rules and regulations as stipulated in the "plan of salvation" or how to conduct oneself in a congregation. Simply put, Jesus and the proclamation of what He came to do IS the gospel.

Dr. Luke Kauffman

commented on Nov 5, 2011

Just a quick clarification, Frank Coleman: I did say in my second to last line, "So, I have listened to a wonderful lecture about the Gospel . . . ."

John E Miller

commented on Nov 5, 2011

Much of what Professor McKnight said was self-evident but the complicated way that he expressed himself tended to de-value it, in my opinion. To say that Paul presented Jesus as an "icon" was an extremely dubious statement. Paul's description of Jesus as " the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me", does not fit such a notion. Didactic academia can easily obscure the passionate truth of the Gospel message. One other point, the Cross of Christ should not be included in any attempt at humour in a message about the Christian Gospel.

John Yenchko

commented on Nov 5, 2011

C'mon Professor McKnight. The first text you cite seems to argue against the point you are trying to make. When Paul wrote, as a matter "of first importance, 'Christ died for our sins...' he is speaking about the forensic and particular benefits of the work of Christ. Justification is front and center. Particular Redemption is front and center. I think, in this text, Paul sounds like a Calvinist preaching the "Plan of Salvation." "According to the scriptures" here must certainly include the sacrificial system. It certainly is Gospel Good News to a sinner like me, living on a renegade planet that needs redemption. True, His Salvation plan is more than "Jesus for me." But I am glad He brought me on board with His redemptive plan by giving me the forensic benefits of His work, then also His Spirit, and a small part in His global mission.

John Wen

commented on Nov 5, 2011

It's the kingdom of God's message, the Gospel Jesus preached. In Matthew Jesus specifically talked about the kingdom of God more than 50 times, more than any other books in the Bible. From Jesus' declaring on Matt 4:17, the gospel of kingdom of God comes in the following 7 phases: (1) the kingdom of God began from Jesus' incarnation of God's word(Matt Ch 1-4), (2) the kingdom of God's people are to live holy with their rewards(Ch 5-7), (3) the kingdom of God's preaching is by God's authority and power(Ch 8-12), (4) the Kingdom of God starts from people's hearts to churches(Ch13-16), (5) the kingdom of God is to grow in church like in heaven(Ch 17-23), (6) the kingdom of God 's coming proceeds with signs to alert His people and its foretold judgments to call others to repent(Ch 24-25), (7) the kingdom of God's foundation is Jesus' salvation accomplished on the cross for His people to declare to the world(Ch 26-28). At the end of the Bible, in Revelation Jesus revealed to John more specifics of His kingdom's coming signs and the glorious hope His people will realize in His final victory to reign with Him, and the judgments for calling the world to turn back to Him at His last call in love. www.missionharmony.com

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