{Ephesians 3:6-7; NLT}

 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.

The earliest apostolic preaching was neither a standard Jewish message with Jesus added on at the end, nor a free-standing announcement of a new religion cut off from its Jewish roots, but rather the story of Jesus understood as the fulfillment of the Old Testament covenant narrative, and thus as the euangelion, the good news or “gospel”—the creative force which called the church into being and shaped its mission and life.

N. T. Wright, Scripture and the Authority of God, p. 47

Questions to consider:

  • What was the basic message of the Gospel?
  • Why would this have been Good News for Gentiles?
  • How would this have shaped the message and mission of the Church?
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