Toward a “Robust” Theology

The Christian Vision Project focused in 2006 on culture and in 2007 on mission; this year the theme revolves around the simple question: “Is our gospel too small?” This month Scot McKnight has contributed a refreshing article entitled, “The 8 Marks of a Robust Gospel: Reviving forgotten chapters in the history of redemption.” Each of Scot’s points merit attention and conversation. For one who always enjoys the challenge of trying to express the Christian world view in 100 words or less, I noted Scot’s version in just over  50 words:

“The gospel is the story of the work of the triune God (Father, Son, and Spirit) to completely restore broken image-bearers (Gen. 1:26–27) in the context of the community of faith (Israel, Kingdom, and Church) through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Pentecostal Spirit, to union with God and communion with others for the good of the world.”

The eight marks are as follows:

1. The robust gospel is a story. (biblical narrative)

2. The robust gospel places transactions in the context of persons. (relational)

3. The robust gospel deals with a robust problem. (sin)

4. A robust gospel has a grand vision. (new society & new creation)

5. A robust gospel includes the life of Jesus as well as his resurrection, and the gift of the Spirit alongside Good Friday. (Christ-centered)

6. A robust gospel demands not only faith but everything. (discipleship)

7. A robust gospel includes the robust Spirit of God. (experiential)

8. A robust gospel emerges from and leads others to the church. (missional)


One thought on “Toward a “Robust” Theology

  1. McKnight’s article is excellent. A definition of the gospel is richer & meatier than we can ever dream. May we have the courage to live it.

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