Do you preach a gospel of Salvation or a gospel of the kingdom of God?
The words, "kingdom of God" appear 32 times in Luke and 15 times in Mark. The word, "salvation" only appears 5 times in Luke and 1 time in Mark. To be fair, I will also include the word, "saved" which appears 7 times in Luke and 5 times in Mark.
To go even further...In the entire New Testament, "kingdom of God" is mentioned 69 times, "saved" is mentioned 57 times and "salvation" is the least mentioned appearing 43 times.
Do you think that churches are and should be preaching the "gospel" of Salvation? And what is the significance in preaching the kingdom of God as Jesus did?
Mark 1:14, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,"
Luke 4:43, "And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent."
Luke 9:2, (to the 12 disciples) "And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick."
Luke 9:60, "Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God."
A lot of things that were acceptable four thousand years ago, are no longer acceptable, or appropriate, today.
For instance, slavery, and the stoning to death of women who were not faithful.
Although the Bible refers to GOD'S REALM as the KINGDOM OF GOD. We must acknowledge that the word KINGDOM refers to an area of land ruled by a fallible and mortal King. THE OMNIPOTENT CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE IS INFALLIBLE, IMMORTAL, ETERNAL, OMNIPRESENT, GENDERLESS, OMNIPERCIPIENT, OMNIFIC, RIGHTEOUS, AND PERFECT. As a consequence, I think that giving the OMNIPOTENT CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE EARTHLY TITLES, AND EARTHLY NAMES, IS GROSSLY DISRESPECTFUL.
I will give an analogy in order to properly address your question. Lets imagine a young boy who was stolen from his mom at birth who has lived all his childhood life behind bars and has never envisioned a world outside them before because he has been brainwashed by his guardians (the thieves who stole him) to believe that there is no 'world' besides the prison that he is in. The prison is the limit of his experience. Now lets also imagine that a good Samaritan heard about his plight and decided to save him from his prison when his guardians were away. In order to "save" the young boy, the good samaritan must 1st of all convince him that there is a much wider and "better world" than the tiny and restrictive one that he has become acquainted with (i.e good news). The young boy can be likened to us humans. The guardians can be likened to the devil and his agents. The good Samaritan can be likened to Christ. The better world can be likened to the Kingdom of God and the tiny and...
They're both interelated. You have to be saved first to enter into the kningdom of God. The gospel of the kingdom of God tells us what the kingdom of God is like. The gospel of salvation tells us how to enter into the kingdom of God. In John 3:3 & 5, Jesus tells us we must be born again of water & of the Spirit to see and enter into the kingdom of God. In Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out, and the church was born. This is when the New Testament salvation went into effect by the blood and death of Jesus Christ. Peter explained to the people what was happening, explaining the prophecies about Christ, and preaching Jesus, proclaiming that God has made Him Lord and Christ. Acts 2:1 - 36. And they were convicted in their hearts, and asked what they should do (verse 37). >
Because the QUESTION seems to perceive a difference between the terms ‘gospel’, ‘the kingdom of God’, & ‘salvation’, I’ll start by addressing that. ALL 3 are really necessary parts of the WHOLE. ‘Gospel’ means literally ‘good news’. True followers of Christ are to preach the ‘good news’ that by HIS sacrifice for our sins, we may be reconciled to GOD through HIM. The ‘kingdom of God’ is a spiritual realm to which those who hear & accept the ‘good news’ are permitted entrance. “Salvation’ is the scriptural term used to refer to the reality of a person’s becoming a ‘new creation’ by virtue of being ‘born again’ the necessary requirement for entering the ‘kingdom of God’. This is of course, merely a superficial response. The full ANSWER requires a much more thorough explanation. Throughout the book of Acts there are passages that indicate ALL were preached by the Apostles, but the phrase ‘preach Christ’ became the unifying motive.
The number of times each phrase or term is mentioned in the Bible is both high. Often in the Scriptures, certain phrases are used interchangeably to mean, essentially, the same thing. That's what you have here. Being Born Again is another such phrase you can throw in here, if you will. No one can even approach the Kingdom of God unless they are Born Again (or a recipient of God's heavenly Salvation). The Gospel of God's Salvation IS the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Yet both phrases become meaningless if you are not Born Again (or born from above or born of His Holy Spirit). God's Message is not split, chopped or divided. It is ONE Message, even as He is ONE. Those who receive His Message (His Son, which is His Word, which is His Salvation) will have eternal life (Salvation, the New Birth, entrance into the Kingdom of God, divine Redemption...) Look at what the Words and phrases point to, then you'll better understand their meaning. God bless you!