Evangel, Part I: What is the Gospel?

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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” – Romans 1:16

 
What is the gospel?
  • When I was a child, the gospel was a set of facts about Jesus I memorized and agreed with.
  • As a teenager, it was the promise of hope during a season of depression and despair.
  • In college, it was the  intellectual, ethical, and spiritual basis for community and relationships.
  •  After graduation, it was the sword and shield God used to free me from doubt and addiction.
Now I am a parent. At bedtime, my five-year-old son asks me difficult questions about God, heaven, and hell. Is he ready for the gospel? If so, what gospel does he need? 
 
For that matter, which gospel do I need?  How about my coworkers, and our company?  Is there a gospel that is good news for all of them?  
 
If so, how do I find it, and tell it, and live it in a way that draws people to the truth?
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