The Forgotten Gospel
For decades the evangelical protestant church in America has preached a salvation-centric
Gospel of Christ. Today, almost half of protestants believe this is the complete gospel and
their churches have aligned their teachings to “seek and save the lost” only. In doing so,
they relegated the life, words, and works of Jesus to a secondary, non-gospel status.
But, what if the story of Jesus, passed down to us in the New Testament (especially Mark,
Matthew and Luke), describing His life, actions, death and resurrection, accurately portrays
the whole story of Jesus, the Son of God, as He lived among us and still lives with us,
showing us how to live out the kingdom of God on earth?
What if Jesus’s life was a living gospel, as He said it was, yet it has been forgotten by the
evangelical protestant churches in America? And if this forgotten gospel has been ignored,
what should the church do about it?
The purpose of this book is to explore how the life, words, and works of Jesus can bring
churches, pastors, denominations, and members back to the Complete Gospel of Jesus, the Christ.
When my now-grown children were young, one of their favorite bedtime books was Where’s Waldo? Truth be told, it was one of mine as well.
Now, our six grandchildren are following in their parents’
footsteps, and PaPa C, my granddad name, gets to read
"Where’s Waldo?" bedtime books once again.
If you’re familiar with the Waldo series, you know it’s based
on a really simple concept:
Find Waldo on a page that is chock-full of other like-
sized and visually similar characters and objects in a
story tableau. Waldo is dressed each time in a bold
red and white striped shirt, a red and white striped
hat, blue pants and big, round, black glasses, carrying a stack of books.
You might think he’d be easy to find, but trust me and thousands of parents and kids, he is NOT easy to find!
By now you may be wondering what the search for Waldo has to do the Gospel of Jesus.
Simply put, churches have been forgetting important aspects of Gospel for so long that finding the complete Gospel of Jesus, the Christ, in the church can seem a lot like looking for Waldo.
You ask, “What’s the complete Gospel of Jesus, the Christ?”