The gospel is the power of God to radically change lives. Unfortunately, the Gospel of God is often reduced to something less than what the Bible describes. Whenever something good is reduced its beauty, power and vitality becomes thinner, shallower, less. What we need is a thick, deep, robust gospel to believe and grow in. A definition of the gospel given by Jim Belcher in his book Deep Church captures the wholeness that is needed for deep disciple making and evangelism. He says,
The 'gospel' is the good news that through Jesus, the Messiah, the power of God's kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. Through the Savior God has established his reign. When we believe and rely on Jesus' work and record (rather than ours) for our relationship to God, that kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us. We witness this radical new way of living by our renewed lives, beautiful community, social justice, and cultural transformation. This good news brings new life. The gospel motivates, guides, and empowers every aspect of our living and worship. pp. 120-121.
This God-sized gospel is what transformed 11 ordinary men into world changing disciples of King Jesus. It can transform you too.