So, I have attempted to condense my understanding of the gospel of Jesus into a three-run-on-sentence format. I am not attempting to be reductionistic but rather to be concise. Anyway, let me know what you think. How does this view of the gospel differ from what you have been taught about what the gospel is? How is it similar?
In the beginning God created the cosmos intending that image-bearing humanity would be in peaceful relationship with God, creation, others, and self; but these “looking-after-creatures” have chosen both personal and systemic injustice, influenced directly by fallen powers. The Creator so loved the creation project that rather than to let evil have that last word, he implemented good news for the poor, the sick, and the victimized through the ministry of the kingdom as taught and demonstrated by Jesus the Messiah. In death, Jesus substituted his life in the place of fallen humanity to endure the full wrath of both personal and systemic evil, and in resurrection he disarmed the powers; thus every human is invited to become a new creation by following the ‘victorious one’ and joining God’s mission to gather up all things in anticipation of the full expression of justice: “a new heaven and a new earth.”