Here are a few summaries of the gospel that I’ve come across recently. Each complementary of the others. We can’t hear this enough.
John Dickson (Promoting the Gospel, 177)
The gospel message is the grand news about how God’s coming kingdom has been glimpsed and opened up to the world in the birth, teaching, miracles, death and resurrection of God’s son, the Messiah, who will one day return to overthrow evil and consummate the kingdom for eternity. This is the content of the Gospel books; this is the content of the gospel message.”
Bruce Ware (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 113)
The gospel, then, is the good news about Jesus Christ – his sinless life, his substitutionary and atoning death, and his victorious resurrection to newness of life – and that by faith in him, we may be saved.
J.I. Packer (Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, 55)
It was the news about Jesus of Nazareth. It was the incarnation, the atonement and the kingdom – the cradle, the cross, and the crown – of the Son of God… in short, the good news was just this: that God has executed his eternal intention of glorifying his Son by exalting him as a great Savior for great sinners.
Greg Gilbert (What is the Gospel?, 114-115)
His unfathomable grace in forgiving people who have rebelled against him, his breathtaking plan to send his Son to suffer and die in their place, to establish the throne of the resurrected Jesus over a kingdom of perfect righteousness, and to bring those who are saved and redeemed by his blood into a new heavens and new earth where sin and evil will be forever conquered.
Elyse Fitzpatrick (Because He Loves Me, 37)
It is the incarnation, sinless life, substitutionary death, burial, bodily resurrection, ascension, and eternal reign of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.