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From the editors of Cascade Books and Pickwick Publications at Wipf and Stock Publishers

The gospel in one sentence

The message of the gospel is one of those messages that can be expressed in so many different ways and it benefits from all this diversity. But if I had only one sentence available, how would I express it?

Hmmmm. Tricky. OK. Here is a first attempt.

God has acted in Jesus the Messiah—through his incarnate life, death, resurrection, and ascension—to set the world right and to bring creation to its intended destiny.

If you had one sentence, how would you express the gospel?


  1. God wants to fill this world with joy, yet every day we mess up, so that the world is not filled with joy; but God says, If you follow Jesus, I will begin to restore joy to your life, and through you I will work to bring joy to the world.

    [You didn’t say anything about “no semicolons.”]

  2. This is a pretty good one-sentence gospel message:

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory. ” (Eph 1:3–14)

    …or is that cheating?

  3. Thanks guys,

    Eph 1 is technically not cheating—at least, not in Greek

  4. James Hanratty

    March 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

    “For “if” we “believe” that *Jesus died and rose again*, even so them also which sleep-[died] in Jesus will God bring with him.”

    — 1 Thessalonians 4:14 (KJV)

  5. The incredibly great news that God loves the world so deeply that he came in Jesus Christ to rescue the world once and for all from sin and shame and death and to restore the world to life with Him today and forever.​

  6. “Jesus was and is Almighty God. He proved it by performing countless healings, signs and wonders and ultimately proving his authority, by raising himself from the dead.”

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