This question is a great summary of the importance of the gospel in ministry: How do we change in order to contextualize without changing the gospel? That is the practical question in ministry. If you under-contextualize your ministry and message, no one’s life will be changed because they’ll be too confused about what you are saying. But if you over-contextualize your ministry and your message, no one’s life will be changed because you won’t really be confronting them and ca
Greg Gilbert looks carefully at how we define the gospel: part 1, part 2, part 3. I think it’s very helpful. Here’s a summary: I think we can get at an answer to all those questions by realizing that the Gospel of the Cross (that is, the narrow sense of “gospel”) is not just any part of the Gospel of the Kingdom (that is, the broad sense of “gospel”).* Rather, the gospel of the cross is the gateway, the fountainhead, even the seed, so to speak, of the gospel of the kingdom.