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Reading the Gospels
Transcript of Reading the Gospels
What Are the Gospels?
How To Read the Gospels
A Tale of Three Readers
by Patrick Schreiner
Reading the Gospels Wisely
Or Why St. Paul is Not Enough
1. We need the Gospels because they have been central to the church throughout history.
2. We need to study the Gospels because Paul and the other NT writers presuppose and build on the story and teaching of Jesus.
3. We need the Gospels because in them we get a more direct sense of the Bible's great story line.
4. We need the Gospels because there are different languages or discourses of truth.
5. We need the Gospels because in them we encounter the narrative of Jesus that helps us grow in experiential knowledge.
1. Claims about Jesus
2. Gospels are not free-standing narratives
3. Jesus is not only a figure of the past but the present.
1. They mix chronological and topical elements.
2. Paraphrases (ipsissima vox vs. ipsissima verba)
3. Ancient biographers and historians valued interested and involved witnesses.
4. The characters are to be emulated.
5. They are not merely conveyors of information but instruments of transformation.
What is the Gospel?
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 52:7–9 ESV)
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1–3 ESV)
Therefore the Gospel, whether written or oral, is the message of God’s comprehensive restoration of his kingdom, which is accomplished through Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. It is the story that completes Israel's story, and is centered on Jesus' sacrifice, which is received through repentance and faith.
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, call to be an apostle set apart for the
Gospel of God,
which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh,
and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name all all the nations