Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 1, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 1, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from the soon-to-be-published
new book of daily devotions, written by the Rev. Dr.
Sandra Bochonok, called "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time."
Please get out your Bible, read the verse from the
Gospel and Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you
will be blessed.
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Please read Mark 1:1
What is a Gospel?
One Sunday after I had just preached, a member of
the church board of directors quietly approached me
with a question. "Excuse me," he said, obviously
embarrassed. "But what is a Gospel?" I had referred
to the Gospel a number of times during my sermon. He
had no idea what I meant. Could I please explain?
I suddenly realized if he had this profound question,
so did many others. He was a well-respected leader
in the church. He was extremely well informed
regarding human rights and other justice issues,
but he did not know what the Gospel was, despite
serving in a key church leadership position.
Like many other ministers, I had made some assumptions
based on years of experience in the ordained ministry.
I assumed listeners in church would know what the word
"Gospel" meant. I was wrong in my assumptions. About
half of the adult population in the USA also do not
know the answer. They have never heard of the Sermon
on the Mount and do not understand what Christians
celebrate on Easter (George G. Hunter III, "How to
Reach Secular People," pp 44-45). The Bible stories
in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are
unknown treasures. The citation "John 3:16" means
nothing to them.
The word "Gospel" comes from the Greek word "evangel."
It means "good news." The Gospels bring us good news
in a world often full of bad news. They have amazing
spiritual power. Reading them can help us begin to
love and trust God. They are full of stories about
spiritual hospitality and generosity. These stories
offer us wonderful words of life.
Try a ninety-day adventure with God in the months
ahead. Consider reading a chapter per day in the
Gospels. By doing this, you can easily read them in
their entirety in eighty-nine days. They are full
of stories about love and hate, trust and betrayal,
life and death, miracles and more. "Come and see"
(John 1: 39) for yourself. God will bless your
readings. On the ninetieth day, consider taking
a personal retreat day. Reflect on how the Gospels
have helped your spiritual life and enhanced your
understanding of God. Consider reading other books
in the Bible. They will change your life with words
of spiritual empowerment.
God, it would be great to have some good news in a
world so full of bad news. Help us be spiritually
empowered by reading these amazing Gospel stories.
Grace and peace,
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