The Gospel in a Nutshell – Tim Keller Nails It

“The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me,
yet I am so loved and valued and that Jesus was glad to die for me.”

Tim Keller
Reason for God
Chapter 11
page 179

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  • Kenny Johnson

    I think the statement us absolutely true, but as a description of the Gospel, I think its insufficient. For one, its far too individualistic. Secondly, its completely devoid of story. No mention of the Kingdom, no resurrection, etc. Its a good statement and true, but nit the Gospel.

  • I understand your comment, but…  the Kingdom is built one Adam, one Abraham, one Ruth, one Rahab, one Simon, one Paul, and one Kenny at a time.

  • I completely ‘identify’ with the first half of the statement and completely can not fathom the last half – and that is as it should be. Praise His name – Iesous.

  • I like it until the word Glad:  I see Jesus in the Garden asking that this cup pass from him, but saying, not my will by your will be done (directed to God)  In other words, “Do I really need to die for these morons??”  I would suggest:

    yet I am so loved and valued and that Jesus was willing to die for me and the whole world

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Of course I took it out of context. If you read it in the context of Reason for God, your concerns will be addressed.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Don.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for commenting.

  • Anonymous

    I think that’s what Keller means, actually, though we can underestimate the extent to which God’s love for us led to more than just a willingness to save us, but a gladness about the result. Jesus went to the cross “for the joy set before him” (Hebrews).

  • Shortie

    If I had to give a gospel in just few words; I’d share this:
    Love Yahweh 1st. Love Yahweh intimately and allow your temple/body to be his dwelling place. Fold within as if you are wallking in that garden with him every minute of the day. All things will follow.
    {‘Love’ ‘Love is Father, if we love him, then all things come naturally thru him manifested thru us}. Climbing the mountain is long haul, coming down inside the mountain among the lava/heated love and heart beat is when things really start happening.

  • shortie

    a spiritual oneness/relationship

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • I googled ‘the gospel in a nutshell’ because I wanted to share a point blank message for those who are seeking the truth. So, while you may have taken this out of context, it IS in context with the title of the book. I shared the above quote from the book along with a link to it. We tend to post ‘in snippets’ in the social media world and if we want to get the gospel out it has to be quick and easy in our ‘eat on the go’ society.