The Gospel of the Kingdom: Jesus' Revolutionary Message
David Seccombe examines the various types of gospel that circulated in the ancient world, and uses this context to better understand what was distinctive about Jesus' gospel and the proclamation of the first Christians. Seccombe shows that this gospel defines...
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David Seccombe examines the various types of gospel that circulated in the ancient world, and uses this context to better understand what was distinctive about Jesus' gospel and the proclamation of the first Christians. Seccombe shows that this gospel defines a new, truly revolutionary reality.
Gospel is a word we often hear. But what does it mean? This book looks at gospels in the ancient world, and seeks to understand Jesus' gospel and the proclamation of the first Christians. The gospel is the instrument God uses to save lives; fuzzy thinking can be dangerous. The author argues that Jesus' gospel defines a new reality, requiring a new response in human behaviour. It is truly revolutionary.
Seccombe is Principal of George Whitefield College in South Africa and Adjunct Professor of New Testament of Potchefstroom University of Christian Higher Education. He has taught New Testament and Theology since coming to South Africa in 1993, prior to which he was Pastor of an Anglican church in Western Australia.
- :why I Wrote This Book1part 1what Is The Gospel? 5chapter 1gospel Confusion6gospels Galore-6"gospels" In The Ancient World-8gospel: Momentous News-15chapter 2the Old Testament And The Kingdom Of God17foundational Promises-17blessing And Covenant-19a Nation Under God-20prophets, Priests, Judges And Kings-22a Disappointing Dynasty-25exile-26a Kingdom Beyond The Exile-28chapter 3the Gospel According To Isaiah31isaiah Of Jerusalem-31indictment-33catastrophe And Beyond-33comfort-35the Gospel Of The Coming King-35the Gospel Is Future-38chapter 4jesus' Gospel Of The Kingdom41jewish Hopes At The Time Of Jesus-41jesus At Nazareth-43an Historic Moment -48the Gospel Of God-51spreading The Word-53the Kingdom Is Rejected-55a New Phase-56chapter 5the Gospel Under Fire59controversy-60jesus' Enemy-61the Struggle With Flesh And Blood-63kingdoms In Conflict-66the Victor-70chapter 6the Gospel Breaks Out72the World War Ii Gospel-74the Gospel In Acts-76gospelling Jews-77a Greater King-79the Apostles' Gospel-80the Defence Of The Gospel-81response-82gospelling Gentiles-83too Narrow A View?-87the Gospel Of Salvation-87part 2proclaiming The Gospel91chapter 7the Kingdom's King94jesus Is Lord-95the Face Of Jesus Christ-96storytellers-97peter And Mark -99portraits Of Jesus-101hidden Treasure-105using The Gospels-106chapter 8the Crucified King111crucifixion-111the Wounded Face Of Christ-113the Preaching Of The Cross-114power In Weakness-115principalities And Powers -117a Ransom For Many-120why Redemption?-123why Slaves?-125sacrifice-126law-128the Reach Of The Law-131christ's People-138vicarious Penalty-139in Christ-141dead To The Law-141reconciled-142the Prodigal Tax Collector -145the Cross And The Gospel-147god So Loved The World-148chapter 9proof Of The Gospel151acts Facts-152a Remarkable Miracle-157jesus On Trial-159enthronement-163the Kingdom Has Come-166the Power Of The Cross And The Power Of The Resurrection-167a Great Omission-171what Happens When You Die?-174eternal Life-177preaching Resurrection Today-182chapter 10your Kingdom Come187the Problem Of Evil -187our Lord Come-189hope-193the Climactic Events-194the New World-199christ's Mission-203chapter 11the Kingdom Now206where Is Jesus?-207dealing With Enemies-209the Coming Of Islam-214building His Church-215the Holy Spirit-221the Mission-224our Great High Priest-225making War-229gospelling The Ascended King-233chapter 12justification By Faith235the Gospel Concerning His Son-237the Need Of Righteousness-239the Failure Of Righteousness-241free Forgiveness-243justification And The Gospel-244why Justification By Faith?-248does Justification By Faith Matter?-250justification By Faith And Christian Life-253preaching Justification By Faith-256chapter 13gospel Life263good News To The Poor-264walking The Talk-265what Is Ethics?-266old Testament Ethics-267is Morality Relative?-271new Covenant-272wisdom-273a New Era-275jesus' Words-277the Apostles' Teaching-278ethical Principle-279a Missionary Life-280the Sermon On The Mount-281back To Nazareth-282church-284new World -287appendix 1the Meaning Of "gospel" In The Bible288an Angel Gospels Some Shepherds-291appendix 2the Righteousness Of God In Paul292righteousness On Trial-296a New Righteousness-298the Meaning Of Justification By Faith-302works Cited305index309about The Author312also By This Author313