There are a lot of words throughout the gospel of Luke that we will use frequently. We do not presume, however, that everyone knows what they mean or even shares the same definition. This glossary will be updated as words are introduced in sermons in this series.

When you hear any of our preachers/teachers use these words, this is what they mean:

Kingdom of God The kingdom is the rule of God. It is an “already” and “not yet” reality. We experience foretastes of the kingdom here-and-now as we wait for its fullness. For example, when Jesus heals the sick, it is a manifestation of the kingdom. Such miracles point toward the total eradication of sickness on earth when the everlasting kingdom of peace is established in its fullness at Christ’s return. We can pray for the kingdom and we can seek the kingdom, but we cannot build the kingdom. We receive the kingdom by coming under the reign of Jesus as King.

Gospel or gospel The word Gospel can refer to one of the four gospels, a genre of writings within the New Testament. Most commonly, when we use the word gospel it refers specifically to the good news about the life, death, resurrection, ascension and promised return of Jesus. The gospel of Jesus is the good news that the kingdom of God is at hand because he is the promised Messiah/King of Israel.

Salvation The power of God to make things whole. God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ. Salvation includes the forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God and others, and the promise of an entirely new heaven and earth.

If you hear a word in a sermon that is not defined here and would like an explanation, please email

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