The gospel is the historical narrative of the triune God orchestrating the reconciliation and redemption of a broken creation and fallen creatures from Satan, sin and its effects to the Father and each other thru the life, death, resurrection and future return of the substitutionary Son by the power of the Spirit for God’s glory and the Church’s joy.
It is often said that there are many methods for sharing the gospel, but the message remains the same. While this is true, it does not imply that defining the message of the gospel is simple. Rather, depending on what is or is not emphasized, one articulation of the gospel can dramatically differ from another. The main distinction involves whether the gospel is communicated from a macro or micro level.
At Mosaic, we use the language of “gospel in the air” and “gospel on the ground” to describe the two ways of explaining the gospel. Unfortunately, when emphasizing one perspective, the other is typically neglected, thus rendering the view as too near-sighted or too far-sighted. This tendency often results in a deficient understanding of the gospel due to a neglect of certain key elements.