Yesterday I posted a quote from Dr. Robert Smith of Beeson Divinity School from the Spurgeon Fellowship Journal from Western Seminary here in Portland. Art Azurdia asked Dr. Smith about the content of the gospel.
AA: There seems, today, to be a lot of controversy with regard to the gospel-proper. How would you define the gospel? How would you summarize it for one of your students?
RS: The gospel is the good news concerning the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. C.H. Dodd, preaching in 1936, said that whole idea of what he calls kerygma, is: life, death, resurrection, ascension, enthronement, sending out the Holy Spirit, and repentance. I think that the sermon has to have at least some of those ingredients. Not every sermon, all the time, but they must at least be in the background informing our preaching to ensure that we are being biblical. We see that Paul takes one whole chapter in 1 Corinthians 15 to talk about the significance of the resurrection – that “if Christ be not risen from the dead,” Christianity is the greatest hoax that has ever been voiced. So the gospel is good news about Jesus Christ in all of these areas that God talks about and it is bad news for a person who rejects it.