The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited

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The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight

Contemporary evangelicals have built a 'salvation culture' but not a 'gospel culture.' Evangelicals have reduced the gospel to the message of personal salvation. This book makes a plea for us to recover the old gospel as that which is still new and still fresh. The book stands on four arguments: that the gospel is defined by the apostles in 1 Corinthians 15 as the completion of the Story of Israel in the saving Story of Jesus; that the gospel is found in the Four Gospels; that the gospel was preached by Jesus; and that the sermons in the Book of Acts are the best example of gospeling in the New Testament. In the Beginning was the Gospel ends with practical suggestions about evangelism and about building a gospel culture.

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ISBN-13: 9780310492986
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is Karl A. Olsson professor in religious studies at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including The Blue Parakeet, Galatians and 1 Peter in the NIV Application Commentary series, and the award-winning The Jesus Creed.

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The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Sometime back I had this issue, the bible says that Jesus "preached the gospel" and that the disciples "preached the gospel," but it never spelled out exactly what they were saying. And for sometime the modern church in America has over laid that word "gospel" with soteriology. In other words, we say that the "gospel" is about the saving grace of the cross. But while the gospel (euangelion) contains the work of the cross, that is not all that it is. You can not define the gospel simply by explaining the cross. For the simple explanation that ... the cross had not happened when Jesus and his disciples were preaching. Jesus did not preach, "believe that I will die on the cross and resurrect for your sins." That could not have been the "gospel" that he preached. And yet, if you ask a Christian today what the gospel is, you will hear some rendition of the atonement of the cross. Now, I have no problem with saying that the cross is good news or that salvation is now apart of the modern telling of the gospel. But before we get to modernity, I think we should understand WHY the story of Jesus is good news. Today, people can explain salvation and the cross without ever once mentioning the Old Testament. We ask the new to the faith to "confess Christ as Lord," without ever telling them what that means or why it's important. Scot McKnight in his new book The King Jesus Gospel writes, "one reason why so many Christians today don't know the Old Testament is because their gospel doesn't even need it." but "the gospel of the New Testament cannot be reduced to the plan of salvation." Scot McKnight is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. He is the author of The Jesus Creed which won the Christianity Today book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living. McKnight's blog, Jesus Creed, has been a popular site for Evangelicals to discuss various theologies. His new book seeks to unlock the BIG QUESTION: what is the gospel? Scot believes that Christianity is stuck in a salvation culture, but that we need to transition and find our true home in a "gospel culture." McKnight is a smart writer who writes a great book. This book is for anyone seeking to re-learn the biblical concept of gospel and for anyone who wants to communicate a full gospel story to the world. Highly recommended. Thanks to Zondervan for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.
dtfamily5 More than 1 year ago
Scot McKnight reminds us of the beauty of the entire story of the Gospel, and that includes the Old Testament. His goal is to move us away from propositional truths that you check off as a Christian to the place of serving the King in the Kingdom of God. It is a quick read and well worth your time.
Mike_Goldsworthy More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a new book by Scot McKnight, my wife tells me I say the same thing, "I think this is the most important book he's written." After finishing his newest book, "The King Jesus Gospel", I really believe that to be true for this book. His argument is essentially that we've replaced the Biblical Gospel with instead a Plan of Salvation, and while the Gospel will indeed lead to salvation, it is far bigger than just that. McKnight defines the Gospel this way, "It is the Story of Israel that comes to completion in the saving Story of Jesus, who is Messiah of Israel, Lord over all, and the Davidic Savior." For the past few years, I have tried to understand how the methodology of the church has created a culture of consumerism and shallowness. What Scot does with this book is develops theologically how we have gotten to that place - simply by replacing the Gospel with the Plan of Salvation. This is the first theological book in a long time that I've had a hard time putting down. I found myself reading passages out loud to Allison regularly, scribbling notes and at times just wanting to shout, "yes" as I was reading it. I'd be willing to say that anyone who teaches or preaches the Bible regularly needs to read it. It's that important. Here's a few of the quotes I underlined: "Most of evangelism today is obsessed with getting someone to make a decision; the apostles, however, were obsessed with making disciples" ".the gospel itself, strictly speaking, is the narrative proclamation of King Jesus" ".in those early apostolic sermons, we see the whole life of Jesus. In fact, if they gave an emphasis to one dimension of the life of Jesus, it was the resurrection. The apostolic gospel could not have been signified or sketched with a crucifix. That gospel wanted expression as an empty cross because of the empty tomb." "The gospeling of the apostles in the book of Acts is bold declaration that leads to a summons while much of evangelism today is crafty persuasion." "When we reduce the gospel to only personal salvation, as soterians are tempted to do, we tear the fabric out of the Story of the Bible and we cease even needing the Bible"
Mphilliber More than 1 year ago
I will be doing a sermon series soon titled "What Is the Gospel". I had assumed "The Gospel" for years, and have heard others whittle it down to one or three or four points. But some time back I began to re-think what the Scripture, and Jesus, mean by "The Gospel". So I was delighted to pick up Scot McKnight's 184 page hardback and dive into it. The strengths of the book are numerous. I think he builds a good case for what the Gospel actually is: the resolution of the story of Israel in Jesus, and thus the the story of God's world rescue operation - a world rescue operation that has Jesus, the Messiah of Israel and true Lord of the world, at its center. McKnight takes slow steps to carefully unfold each part, building brick-by-brick, until he comes to the end result. Whether the reader will be totally satisfied with his conclusion or not, he will have to appreciate what the author unfolds and puts on display. In my mind McKnight gets it right. The weakness of the book may well be the writing style. I have a suspicion that the redundancy - a redundancy that builds to a climax - reflects the author's teaching approach. Nevertheless, for me, it was a bit annoying and I found myself saying, "Okay. Now get to the point!" And in the final chapter McKnight gets to the point, a point he has been subtly persuading the reader to embrace all along. "The King Jesus Gospel" is a surprisingly easy read. This would be an ideal book for a church's small group to tackle, or an adult Sunday School. But I also think it is a book that needs to be in the hands of Evangelists, Pastors and leaders of every Bible-believing, God-fearing, Christ-loving congregation. To purchase this book would be worth your money, so rush out and snatch up a copy.
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JustinBoulmay More than 1 year ago
The following is a condensed version of the review that was posted on my Wordpress blog, "all loved": You'd think if there was any one thing that Christians of all theological stripes could agree upon, it would be the Gospel. The central message about Jesus that our spiritual ancestors believed was so powerful, they were willing to die to preach it to others. Surprisingly, we don't. Some people think it's about going to heaven after you die, while others have equated the Bible's chief message with being justified by God. Within this setting of doctrinal confusion, Scot McKnight has written The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, a popular-level work designed to look at both Scriptural evidence and instances from church history to argue that the Gospel is about Jesus as the saving Lord whose story completes the long-running narrative of Israel. So, what is the Gospel? According to McKnight, it is this: the Story of Jesus serving as the completion of the Story of Israel. This is the Gospel message itself. The salvation of people is the result of this message being preached to them. In the author's own words: ". the gospel for the apostle Paul is the salvation-unleashing Story of Jesus, Messiah-Lord-Son, that brings to completion the Story of Israel as found in the Scriptures of the Old Testament. To 'gospel' is to declare this story, and it is a story that saves people from their sins. That story is the only framing story if we want to be apostolic in how we present the gospel." (pg. 61) McKnight distinguishes between the Story of Jesus and the salvation that results from this story being told. He doesn't deemphasize salvation or people's need for it, but he does argue that the Gospel is about a lot more than how people can get right with God. As important as that is, McKnight believes that reconciliation between the mortal and Divine is the result of the Story of Jesus. McKnight draws on the sermons of Jesus, Peter, Paul, the writings of post-apostle Christian leaders, and the creeds to make his case that the early church had a "gospel" culture before the Reformation inadvertently produced a "salvation" one through its emphases on justification and original sin. The final chapters bring this material into more practical areas, such as how to evangelize with this understanding of the Gospel in mind. This is a fantastic book. For a more extensive review, check out my blog. I hope I've encouraged you to pick up a copy for yourself.