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WHI-1083 | Scot McKnight & The King Jesus Gospel

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What is the gospel? Throughout the history of American Evangelicalism, many have tried to reduce it to a simple slogan, or something like "four spiritual laws." But in reducing the gospel of Christ to a sales pitch, have Evangelicals altered the message? Does the good news that we proclaim have more to do with getting people to make a decision, more than it focuses on Christ's person and work? On this program Michael Horton discusses these issues with Scot McKnight, author of The King Jesus Gospel.

What is the gospel? Throughout the history of American Evangelicalism, many have tried to reduce it to a simple slogan, or something like "four spiritual laws." But in reducing the gospel of Christ to a sales pitch, have Evangelicals altered the message? Does the good news that we proclaim have more to do with getting people to make a decision, more than it focuses on Christ's person and work? On this program Michael Horton discusses these issues with Scot McKnight, author of The King Jesus Gospel.




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  • Guest - Matt

    What Scott and Mike are saying at 18-19 minutes is great. There is such a wealth of good material in both Calvin (Institutes) and Luther (Freedom of a Christian) on union with Christ being the way in which sinners are saved. It also blows me away in the Institutes how Calvin then works this point out into the life of the individual Christian and the life of the Church through pneumatology.

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  • Guest - sandra

    In John 2:23-25, it says some people "believed" in Jesus, but He did not entrust himself to them, for he knew their hearts. Does this verse undermine sola fide? Why didn't Jesus accept these people, despite their faith?


    Earnestly seeking out salvation

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  • Scott McKnight talked about total surrender in the discussion. Is the concept of total surrender implied in the scriptures? Is there a Greek or Hebrew word that is similar in meaning to total surrender which needs to be a part of our faith in what Christ did for us and our repentance from dead works? Do we have to totally surrender before fruit can be experienced in our lives as a Christian? I have thought that total surrender is more of an Anabaptist theological concept than a reformational theology one.

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  • Guest - Chuck Bosio

    I listened with interest to Scott's comments because I see a parallel to Jackie Pullinger. She said that she only presented Jesus to the heroin addicts and presented the Gospel after they had some basic understanding of Jesus's ministry. This is the first time that I have heard some agreement with her approach.

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  • Guest - mike Jarvis

    we need to read the text with a spiritual ear and all scripture should be read through the lens of the Gospel this is the starting point Grace is the key to Joy.

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  • Guest - Raine

    Sandra,

    The verse you cited does not undermine salvation by faith alone, which is so clearly taught in Scripture (Romans 3:28). What it shows is that there is a type of faith which doesn't save. This didn't go under the radar of historic Christianity. Look at this section from the 18th article of the 1689 London Baptist Confession, which maintains Sola Fide and yet also will help us to understand that it is a certain kind of faith which saves (Galatians 5:6).

    Although temporary believers, and other unregenerate men, may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes and carnal presumptions that they are in the favour of God and in a state of salvation, such a hope on their part will perish. Yet those who truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love Him in sincerity, and who endeavour to walk in all good conscience before Him, may be certainly assured in this life that they are in the state of grace, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And such a hope shall never make them ashamed.

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  • Guest - mike Jarvis

    We need to see that faith is not academic but spiritual and by its nature dependent on Jesus and that He saves to the uttermost! CS Lewis said that Joy was the most serious business of heaven, and someone else that "but for sin God would not have had one serious thought"

    The Joy of the Lord is our strength he is the potency of this drink of Grace, Our complete sufficiency Is Him!

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