What's the gospel in seven words? We asked theologians, pastors and others both to answer this question and to
expand on this in a few sentences. To see all the responses together as they're posted, bookmark this page. Add your own version here. --Ed.
Divinely persistent, God really loves us.
The Spirit who raised
Jesus from the dead is working to infiltrate the whole creation with God's
love. Paul's testimony to the work of the Spirit in Romans 8 is for me the key
chapter in the New Testament. Dependence on--and receptivity to--the daily
presence of the Spirit makes possible faith, hope and love in a
human life. In addition, Romans 8 implies a cosmic work of the
Spirit: the Spirit yearns for the redemption of the whole created world, not
only us human inhabitants.