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N. T. Wright on the Gospel, the Gospels and Paul Would you like to hear N. T. Wright answer a few questions on the Gospel, summing up in person the rich theological research he's devoted his life to developing? Whether you've read Wright or not, this 13-minute video interview is a great summary of Wright's work on seeing the Gospel in the Gospels and in Paul as a unified whole, the culmination of the salvation narrative that begins in the Old Testament. Krish Kandiah (of the UK's "Evangelical Alliance") interviews NT Wright and asks the following questions: Why do we need to ask the question: ‘What is the gospel?’ What is the gospel according to the gospels? If you only had a couple of minutes, how would you communicate the gospel with someone? Do we need to talk about repentance when we present the gospel? Why do you emphasise the importance of talking about Jesus’ life, as well as his death, when presenting the gospel? Is the gospel of Paul different to the gospel of Jesus? What would your advice be to a young evangelist? The Evangelical Alliance provides the following questions for small groups and for ministry leaders. These are worth considering for reflection: For Small Groups: 1) Before you watch the video, ask: “If you only had a couple of minutes, how would you communicate the gospel with someone? Once you’ve watched the video, compare and contrast your ideas with what NT Wright suggested. 2) Think about the times you’ve heard the gospel presented recently, how was the idea of repentance communicated (if it was)? How can we ensure that our understanding of repentance includes being part of something new as well as leaving behind something old? 3) NT Wright suggests that many people see Paul as presenting the actual gospel, with the four gospels providing the back...
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"Righteousness from Within" [EDITOR'S NOTE: I had the privilege of preaching at the north campus of New Life Church on May 27, 2013. Because they have a video podcast, I decided to post the video of the sermon along with my full, unedited sermon notes on my blog. This is week 4 of our series on the Sermon on the Mount, called "Arriving." The text is Matthew 5:17-20.) "Righteousness from Within" from Glenn Packiam on Vimeo. ----------------------------- ARRIVING, Pt. 4: “Righteousness From Within” (Sermon Notes) [attention/tension] How good is good enough? What does God require? - The Grace crowd: “No rules! Don’t give me that legalism!” - The Correctness people: “What do we technically need to do to be saved?” - The Skeptic: “Why do you pick and choose what we obey from the Bible?” [text/context] The Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5-7; Most taught on, written about passage of Scripture - Arriving: God’s Kingdom is arriving; His reign. This is about how to live in light of it Jesus is setting up the body of the sermon; He's told us who/what we are - the called (like the dsciples) - the blessed (the beautitudes) - the salt of the earth and the light of world Now he's about to tell us who He is. - There were questions about his authority, his legitimacy (is he following Torah or dishonoring it?) Matthew 5:17-20 ESV “ ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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