Definition of gospel in English:



  • 1in singular The teaching or revelation of Christ.

    ‘it is the Church's mission to preach the gospel’
    • ‘‘Evangelical’ comes from the word evangelia, which means the gospel of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘That is the political theology entailed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘When witnessing the gospel of Jesus Christ to someone where, if anywhere, do you feel that the creation message becomes relevant?’
    • ‘Yet it is not possible to restrict the bonds of affection denominationally without denying the gospel of Christ.’
    • ‘‘The promotion of the ideals of the gospel of Jesus Christ continues to be the urgent and vital call of all Christian people,’ he said.’
    • ‘It is indeed the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to break down the walls between us.’
    • ‘The process ends with faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, spiritual rebirth and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘On this night, everything will be tied together, and the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and forcefully proclaimed.’
    • ‘Why does the scripture condemn anyone who rejects Jesus Christ and the gospel of Christ?’
    • ‘Antique pieties cannot be restored, for we moderns know that the hungers they excite can be sated only by the gospel of Christ and him crucified.’
    • ‘The gospel of Jesus Christ is not for sale, even among the poorest of us who have no money.’
    • ‘As Paul preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, the words sank into Lydia's mind and heart.’
    • ‘I cannot encourage the Sojourners staff enough to continue presenting the true gospel of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘Mere religion is man trying to jump up to God; the gospel is God sending Christ down to pay the price for man's sins.’
    • ‘The gospel of God's love has come to us not simply as a written message or an oral announcement, but first of all as a person, a living word.’
    • ‘Paul made cultural norms subservient to the absolute truth which is centred on the gospel of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring both temporal reconciliation and the hope of an eternal and heavenly inheritance to the Israeli and the Palestinian.’
    • ‘The conscience always is pricked to some degree in the presence of the pure expression of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘It cost them their lives, but the impact of their lives for the sake of Christ and the gospel was enormous.’
    • ‘When we do this we can use dinosaurs, fossils and DNA as tools to share the gospel of Christ.’
    christian teaching, christ's teaching, the life of christ, the word of god, the good news, christian doctrine, the new testament, the writings of the evangelists
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    1. 1.1mass noun A thing that is absolutely true.
      ‘they say it's sold out, but don't take that as gospel’
      • ‘Printing it like it's the gospel truth isn't doing readers, or writers, any favors.’
      • ‘The problem with this situation is exactly what I just so cleverly alluded to - people who really don't have much to offer as far as opinions go attempt to pass off their ill-informed extended blurbs as gospel truth.’
      • ‘His job becomes that much easier, as his word is taken as the gospel truth.’
      • ‘Besides, although I'm not a father I am a lawyer and I can assure you that you can take his submission as gospel truth, so to speak.’
      • ‘Expect Intel shares to rise on the news, which is bound to be faithfully reported as the gospel truth the minute Labor Day ends.’
      • ‘Individual investors jumped all over the information, gobbling it up and treating it as if it were the gospel truth.’
      • ‘But don't take my very biased opinion as the gospel on this subject.’
      • ‘However, we can't always buy every answer as the gospel truth.’
      • ‘How does the seasonal cycle of fashion whispers spin itself into fact, broadcasted through the glossies as if it was absolute gospel?’
      • ‘Just because something has been repeated over the centuries as the gospel truth doesn't mean that it is, in fact, true.’
      • ‘All the rest, from gossip to gospel, remains conjectural-unproved belief.’
      • ‘It seems trite now, but I hated the fact that everyone took the boys' stories as the gospel truth.’
      • ‘The words attributed to him that have raised concern are very strong and in his standing in society, could be taken for the gospel truth.’
      • ‘The fact that she had found herself taking his story as the gospel truth was proof enough for her that he could talk his way through nearly any situation.’
      • ‘Seems like a pretty short time in the sport to make all these beliefs the absolute gospel.’
      • ‘In this case, the driver said there was no-one in the car, but the First Responders should not have taken this for the gospel truth.’
      • ‘Health trends come and go, and while some may appear to be locked in a time warp, what was once deemed to be the gospel truth is often stood on its head by new research.’
      • ‘My mother said if you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes a gospel truth.’
      • ‘That yarn is the gospel truth, more or less - although Adams puts the wrong slant on things, as usual.’
      • ‘The script is not the gospel truth about all parts of Buddy's brief career and life.’
      the truth, the whole truth, the naked truth, gospel truth, god's truth, the honest truth
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    2. 1.2 A set of principles or beliefs.
      ‘the gospel of market economics’
      • ‘Today, the enterprise of spreading the gospel of free markets is predicated on the iron fist of overwhelming American military power.’
      • ‘I don't believe there's any such thing as prosperity gospel.’
      • ‘Professor Samuelson provides us with exact information about the susceptibility of economists to the Keynesian gospel of 1936.’
      • ‘The Marxist Big Idea was a rigid gospel of economic rules, a one-solution-fits-all kitbag which every communist state used in very similar ways.’
      • ‘The gospel according to Margaret Thatcher and liberal economics have contributed much to this change of attitudes.’
      • ‘Above all, western economists were in evangelical mode, spreading the gospel of the market, and expecting their truths to prevail because they were correct.’
      • ‘For the neoliberal gospel of free markets is something to be imposed on others.’
      doctrine, dogma, teaching, principle, ethic, creed, credo, theory, thesis, ideology, idea, ideal, position
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  • 2The record of Christ's life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament.

    The four Gospels ascribed to St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke, and St John all give an account of the ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ, though the Gospel of John differs greatly from the other three. There are also several apocryphal gospels of later date

    • ‘We have Mary of Magdala to thank for having this part of The Gospel record in The Bible.’
    • ‘The book's treatment of the Synoptic Gospels is much too brief to be enlightening.’
    • ‘He was concerned with subtle shifts in the commitment to the biblical gospel in the organisation that he had been intimately involved with over many years.’
    • ‘Here is a brief overview of the Jewish role in the Passion story as portrayed in the Gospel.’
    • ‘The Synoptic Gospels are permeated with teaching about the kingdom of God.’
    • ‘Does the Roman Catholic institution hold to and believe in the biblical gospel?’
    • ‘The basic issue here is to stand by the biblical gospel.’
    • ‘First, the gospel exists essentially as an interpretation of Israel's Scriptures, and therefore is strictly inseparable from them.’
    • ‘What exactly did it mean to conform one's life to the gospel, to act according to the testimony of the scriptures?’
    • ‘Most are grounded in the teachings of the Gospel, prayer, and the Catholic faith.’
    • ‘His vision for these people was the pursuit of literacy and the teachings of the Gospel.’
    • ‘We are called by Matthew 10 and by the gospel in general to confess God's act in Jesus in word and deed.’
    • ‘In this sense we can understand the Gospel record of the Temptation of Jesus.’
    1. 2.1 Each of the first four books of the New Testament.
      • ‘The Gospel of John reveals this divine aspect of Christ's ministry - His deity.’
      • ‘Now that to me is much more divine than the birth of Jesus which is not even mentioned in two of the four Gospels!’
      • ‘Other circumstances reported in the Gospels fit this scenario hauntingly well.’
      • ‘The New Testament begins with the four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.’
      • ‘The books of the Old Testament and the Gospels provide ample response.’
      • ‘The Gospels record Jesus speaking of Scripture as being completed and one unit.’
      • ‘Second, there is no warning in the Gospels or in the Epistles of the New Testament about an unpardonable sin.’
      • ‘In New Testament terms, it is as if the Epistles were preserved, without any of the four Gospels or Acts of the Apostles.’
      • ‘View him as we see him in the gospels and in the book of Revelation.’
      • ‘Of the four Gospels, the movie apparently draws mostly from the Book of John.’
      • ‘I got out the Bible and turned to the third chapter of the Gospel of John and we reread it.’
      • ‘But by analysing the changes made in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, we can see what Jesus did not say.’
      • ‘In the Gospels, Christ rises only after fully testing the devastating power of death.’
      • ‘The focus of all four Gospels is Jesus' journey to Jerusalem.’
      • ‘It is the only time in the Gospels where Christ's divinity is revealed to the apostles.’
      • ‘The four Gospels do not agree on the names of those who came to the tomb or the number of them.’
      • ‘Yet, if one studies the four Gospels and the Book of Acts, he immediately realizes that this type of church is biblical.’
      • ‘Mark tells us at the beginning of his Gospel that it is about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’
      • ‘The therapeutic strategy is the most noticeable feature in the healing stories of the Gospels.’
      • ‘The Gospels of Luke and Mark draw attention to something important in relation to giving.’
    2. 2.2 A portion from one of the Gospels read at a church service.
      • ‘Someone else read the gospel, then I walked in from the back of the church.’
      • ‘The preparation of a sermon begins with the selection of a passage of Scripture from the gospel, epistle, or Old Testament readings for the day.’
      • ‘We know the characters in the tense drama that is the gospel reading for today.’
      • ‘The gospel reading for the ‘Second Sunday in Ordinary Time’ is the wedding at Cana.’
      • ‘The gospel reading also reflects God's attention to the vulnerable.’
      • ‘This all culminates in the gospel reading, the story of Jesus calling Nathaniel and Philip.’
      • ‘How to understand the gospel in the Nepalese church is its greatest problem.’
      • ‘Should they read the liturgical gospel, prepare the bread and wine at the altar, say the dismissal, and so on?’
      • ‘In our gospel reading today, Jesus makes an incredible offer to his listeners.’
      • ‘Our gospel reading, which culminates in Jesus' days in the desert, opens with Jesus' baptism by John.’
      • ‘Before his job of reading the gospel, Father Paul had to ask in Latin for the Pope to give him a blessing.’
      • ‘I describe it because it has something to do with our gospel reading from the sixth chapter of John.’
      • ‘Ex-parish priest Cannon Francis Lynn read the gospel while Skreen native Fr. Brian Conlon delivered a beautiful homily.’
      • ‘After that sweeping overview, the gospel reading homes in on the harrowing story of the Passion.’
      • ‘We get a hint of what that detachment might mean when we turn to the gospel reading, for Jesus, too, insists that the reign of God is at hand.’
      • ‘When he was a student in Maynooth he sang for Pope John Paul II on his visit to The Phoenix Park, as well as reading the gospel.’
      • ‘In our gospel reading Jesus lives out the meaning of those words in three ways.’
      • ‘A woman read the gospel with a helper at her side to pronounce the difficult words.’
      • ‘Brother Hugh McKinney read the first scripture reading and the gospel was read by Canon Mark Diamond.’
      • ‘They say, many young people will not listen to the gospel or come to church so we must meet them on some common ground.’
  • 3mass noun A fervent style of black American evangelical religious singing, developed from spirituals sung in Southern Baptist and Pentecostal Churches.

    • ‘But he says the initial appeal of gospel music for most Japanese is not its spiritual depth, but its vivacity, something most people must suppress in their everyday lives.’
    • ‘The lyrics include formulaic gospel cries and they are often delivered in the fervent style of gospel music.’
    • ‘Formed way back in the 30's in South Carolina they have remained true to their gospel roots.’
    • ‘This will be a night of traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music and should prove a popular choice for many music followers.’
    • ‘She then diverted her interests into gospel music and started to integrate pop elements into her music compositions.’
    • ‘You know, he was making plans to record a couple more albums - an album of Appalachian music and an album of gospel music.’
    • ‘I learned so much from them about gospel music and jazz.’
    • ‘The city is home to a number of choral and gospel music bands, and we have even had some concerts dedicated to this kind of music in the past.’
    • ‘I grew up singing gospel and I really liked gospel music a lot.’
    • ‘The church's ambiguous response to gospel music is problematic for this very reason.’
    • ‘Exposed to gospel music while attending Pentecostal churches; Elvis also listened to blues and country-western.’
    • ‘The blues of the Mississippi Delta, together with its close neighbour, gospel music, has been at the heart of western popular music for the last 70 years, and the well shows no signs of running dry.’
    • ‘Having missed the gospel show, the idea of catching up with The Holmes Brothers was essential.’
    • ‘Johnny Cash was a pioneer in the development of country, rock, and modern gospel music.’
    • ‘It will feature a wide range of gospel music featuring local choirs and artistes and invited guests.’
    • ‘Maybe I should just listen to some gospel music (in fact there's a lot of music I should probably listen to).’
    • ‘It is impossible to listen to black gospel music and preaching without seeing - nay, feeling - the distinctiveness and richness.’
    • ‘Then finally when I was senior in high school I joined a gospel choir.’
    • ‘Even trumpeter Miles Davis traced his style to his love of gospel music.’
    • ‘The choir will cover traditional music, pop, and gospel music.’
    • ‘Go to any jazz festival in Australia and you're likely to find a gospel church service in the program.’


Old English gōdspel, from gōd ‘good’ + spel ‘news, a story’ (see spell), translating ecclesiastical Latin bona annuntiatio or bonus nuntius, used to gloss ecclesiastical Latin evangelium, from Greek euangelion ‘good news’ (see evangel); after the vowel was shortened in Old English, the first syllable was mistaken for god ‘God’.