Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Feb. 1, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Feb. 1, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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What is a Gospel?
"The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ,
the Son of God."
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
(Hunter III, George G. "How to Reach Secular
People," pp 44-45.) e 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
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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