Engaging Gospel Series

Engaging Gospel: Why the Gospel is still Good News is a sermons series designed to help CBWC churches engage more deeply in understanding the Gospel for themselves in a way that might better connect with their daily communities. We encourage our churches to consider making this a Fall 2019 series in order that we can work together and pray together as we prepare to preach. If this isn’t workable, you are welcome to use it any time. Take time to comment on this page with your ideas as well as recommended resources. May this be a living project together!

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience (Peter 3:15-16).













  • Sam Breakey recommends this link from a Barna study
  • Mark Doerksen reminds us that David Fitch’s Faithful Presence is an excellent book to draw on.
  • Other resources? Add your ideas in the comment section.


Let’s Talk
How are you using these materials? What other resources on the Gospel have you worked through as a congregation? What are your barriers to engaging Gospel in your community? Share your thoughts, questions and resources by leaving a reply below.

4 thoughts on “Engaging Gospel Series

  1. We just spent a weekend at our annual church retreat with John Bowen exploring the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelism. His book Evangelism for “Normal” People was hugely helpful for our congregation, especially chapter 10: “What is the Gospel.”

  2. Bruxy Cavey defines the gospel as this: “Jesus is God with us, come to show us God’s love, save us from our sins, set up God’s kingdom and shut down religion, so we can share in God’s life.” I thought the “shut down religion” piece is an interesting element! Faye

  3. A good text to work with is Romans 10: 14 – 21 for week 1 or 2: Gospel responsibilities and responses. Paul makes it clear that Gospel means “proclamation” and that we are all called to be preachers – to herald and proclaim God’s presence and activity among us. BUT – the response to the proclamation is not our responsibility. God never loses patiences so don’t be discouraged if people do not make an immediate confession of faith. Our job is proclamation – the Holy Spirit’s job is conviction.

  4. There have been some comments that we have not covered some essential themes in the material such as the role of repentance in the salvation story. Certainly repentance is a heart response to the Holy Spirit’s conviction that the ways of Christ lead to wholeness. Perhaps in wanting our congregations to feel more at ease in conversation with those yet to come to faith, we leaned more heavily on the relationship to be had with a loving God. We are confident that you will preach according to God’s leading where you feel the material is lacking.

    If there some things you would like to change in the study guide for your congregation, please email cmorgan@cbwc.ca for a non-pdf version that you can adapt for your needs.

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