Sermon prep Mark 1:14–15 (as usual I welcome your questions, thoughts and perspectives)

Here is the text I will be working on this week for Sundays sermon (as usual I welcome your thoughts and perspectives)…

  • Mark 1:14–15 (The Message)

14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: 15 “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

  • Mark 1:14–15 (ESV)

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

  • Mark 1:14–15 (NLT)

14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Is the Gospel an idea, culture, lifestyle or God in Jesus the Christ?

I am interested in what your thoughts are concerning this article.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2012/06/26/the-idea-of-evangelism-makes-me-uncomfortable/

Here are some questions that I have.

  1. Did you become a Christian through argumentation or love?
  2. Did Jesus call us to make disciples or decisions?
  3. What is the difference in proclaiming something in love and proclaiming something to win?
  4. Trevin Wax says… “We don’t proselytize. We evangelize. Proselytism is about getting someone to change from one religion to another. Evangelism is proclaiming the evangel – the gospel. It’s an announcement about the way the world is. Then we call people to bring their lives in line with that reality.”
    1. What does this mean “Evangelism is proclaiming- the gospel.”
    2. Is proclaiming only a polemic act?
    3. Is the Gospel and idea, culture, lifestyle or God in Jesus the Christ?
    4. Is the Gospel “an announcement about the way the world is.”?