from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The proclamation of the redemption preached by Jesus and the Apostles, which is the central content of Christian revelation.
- n. Bible One of the first four New Testament books, describing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and recording his teaching.
- n. A similar narrative.
- n. A lection from any of the first four New Testament books included as part of a religious service.
- n. A teaching or doctrine of a religious teacher.
- n. Music Gospel music.
- n. Something, such as an idea or principle, accepted as unquestionably true: My parents' rules were gospel.
- adj. Of or in accordance with the Gospel; evangelical.
- adj. Of or relating to gospel music.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The first section of the Christian New Testament scripture, comprising the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, concerned with the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus.
- n. An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
- n. A message expected to have positive reception or effect.
- n. the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments
- n. gospel music
- n. That which is absolutely authoritative (definitive).
- v. To instruct in the gospel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Glad tidings; especially, the good news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation.
- n. One of the four narratives of the life and death of Jesus Christ, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
- n. A selection from one of the gospels, for use in a religious service.
- n. Any system of religious doctrine; sometimes, any system of political doctrine or social philosophy.
- n. Anything propounded or accepted as infallibly true.
- adj. Accordant with, or relating to, the gospel; evangelical.
- transitive v. To instruct in the gospel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (Glad tidings, especially the glad tidings that the Messiah expected by the Jews has appeared in the person of Christ.
- n. The story of Christ's life, teachings, sufferings, death, resurrection, and ascension; hence, one of the books in which that story was originally told: as, the Gospel of Matthew.
- n. The doctrine and precepts inculcated by Christ and recorded in the original accounts of his life and teachings.
- n. Hence Any doctrine, religious or secular, maintained as of great or exclusive importance.
- n. A portion of Scripture taken from one of the four gospels, and appointed to be read in liturgical churches as a part of the church service.
- n. That which is infallibly true; absolute truth.
- Pertaining or relating to the gospel; accordant with the gospel; evangelical.
- To instruct in the gospel; fill with sentiments of piety.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. folk music consisting of a genre of a cappella music originating with Black slaves in the United States and featuring call and response; influential on the development of other genres of popular music (especially soul)
- n. an unquestionable truth
- n. a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance
- n. the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
- n. the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings
Christ _may be denied in words; or in works; or by a perversion of the gospel, causing it to become another gospel_.
The word gospel comes from the Anglo-Saxon “god-spell,” i.e., the life of Christ with His message of redemption.
And second, I believe the word gospel in the context of faith has only one meaning.
In the other evangelists we always have the term gospel while, with one exception, Matthew always puts it "the gospel of the Kingdom".
The gospel is a word of grace sounding in our ears; but it will be in vain for us to hear it, unless we believe it, and comply with the end and design of it.
The gospel is a word of grace, the assurance of God's good will to us and the means of his good work in us.
The scope of the gospel is the same as the scope of sin and its effects.
Yes, at the heart of the gospel is an ineradicable triumphalism, a conviction that the victory over evil and death has been won; but it is also a victory yet to come.
But he's gaining a lot of fans by preaching what he calls the gospel of inclusion.
In a two-hour interview last week, the 49-year-old Pearson did not back down from his position, which he calls the gospel of inclusion.