The Gospel Defined

The Gospel Defined

It’s not about what we can do for Jesus, or what he can do for us, but what he has already done.


The gospel of moralistic therapeutic deism is running rampant in the church. In an interview with Mark Galli, theologian Michael Horton says we are tempted to live a Christless Christianity because we are human-centered rather than God-centered. The gospel is not a matter of doing the right things or trying harder. Horton says, "The gospel isn't 'Follow Jesus' example' or 'Transform your life' or 'How to raise good children.' The gospel is: Jesus Christ came to save sinners—even bad parents, even lousy followers of Jesus, which we all are on our best days."

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:14–17; 1 Corinthians 1:18–25; 15:1–11; Galatians 3:1–11


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: The gospel applies to everyone.

Teaching point two: The gospel is about the death and resurrection of Christ.

Teaching point three: The gospel challenges all human-centered religious notions.

Teaching point four: The gospel is about faith, not works.

• Apply Your Findings

• Additional Resources


Christ at the Margins, interview by Mark Galli (2009, 4 printed pages)

Total number of pages

  • Acrobat PDF Document
  • SMG-BS0227-D