Andrew Walker's 'Telling the Story', explores how,
Walter Brueggemann has recently reminded us...that the noun 'gospel' in the Bible, euengelion, is not merely a rhetorical declaration of glad tidings but a message of great import. This message he says is linked to the Hebrew verb, bissar, 'tell the news'. The gospel, therefore, is not only the eternal message of the Christian faith: it is both the story and its telling. It is only by telling the story that the message becomes gospel.
So how do we proceed?
There are various ways of telling the story and I wonder, of all the models out there, which we should be using? I suppose much of this depends on context and those to whom you are telling the gospel narrative. Denominations have their favourite models. Sometimes it can all become a little political, or at least certain treatments of doctrines: 'the work of Christ' can overemphasize different aspects of the atonement at the expense of other facets of the beautiful gem that is the work of our Lord and Saviour.
I have been considering Chapman's 'Know and Tell the Gospel' and his images that accompany the narrative. You can have a look at this here.
I rather like this from Andrew Walker. It does not reduce itself into a series of straightforward diagrams like Chapman's. However, I like the focus on the cosmos in Walker's narrative and the emphasis on God's love.
What do you think?
- Outside time and space there is God who is good and lives in loving and perfect communion as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- God calls time and space into existence with the creation of the cosmos out of nothing, and like its creator this universe is also very good.
Creation includes the formation of our world, where human beings are made in the image of God. This gives them the power freely to follow or reject him.
- Humankind, however, wilfully rebels against God. This results in enmity between people and God and the estrangement of all creation from its source - this is so because human beings, as 'matter made articulate', betray all of creation.
- God takes the initiative to end this estrangement, because his nature is love. First he chooses a human tribe, the Jews, and he establishes a special relationship to the whole world, he enters the physical universe through the incarnation of the eternal Son. He is joined to created matter - human nature - in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
- Jesus achieves God's desire to restore the broken communion between himself and creation through the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension.
- During his lifetime, Jesus Christ calls disciples as the authentic witness to and co-participators of his work. Through them he institutes a Church, an ecclesia - the people of God. The people of God, in all generations, do not merely follow their founder, but are organically linked to him by divine favour, though not by nature. This is accomplished by the Holy Spirit, who is sent by Jesus from his Father after the resurrection. The Holy Spirit constitutes the Church.
- The people of God, under the Spirit's guidance, are the bearers of the good news of God's restoration of the world through Jesus. They are the bearers in the double sense that they are guardians of the apostolic 'deposit of faith', and the tellers of the story.
- The good news will not end like the final chapter of a book, because it is a never-ending story which continues beyond time in everlasting communion with God. But it will reach its fulfilment at the end of time, when Christ will return in glory so that 'God may be all in all'.
Here is a video by Tangle
I am not too sure about the body and soul dichotomy at the beginning, or am I just over-interpreting?