On their blog the Nomad team promo the podcast in this way. I quote them in full:
“…For four years we at Nomad have been wrestling with issues of community, mission and new forms of church, but it was only this month we realised we’d never intentionally dug into the meaning of the gospel. So we gave the professor of New Testament studies at Northern Seminary, Scot McKnight, a ring to pick his brain.
Scot [has written] a great book called The King Jesus Gospel. In it he made the bold statement that evangelists rarely, if ever, preach the gospel. Instead, they preach the ‘plan of salvation’, a message Scot caricatures as ‘God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life’. This message, he argues, is never found on the lips of Jesus or the early church. That’s not to say this message is wrong, but it’s only right if it’s a mere starting point to lead people into a fuller understanding of the meaning of the gospel.
We can find this fuller meaning in the preaching of the apostles in Acts, Paul’s summary in 1 Corinthians 15, and the gospels themselves. That’s perhaps the most disarming and intriguing thing Scot said, that ‘the gospels are the gospel’. It kind of makes sense doesn’t it? The gospels present Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament and God’s intention for Israel, and we see this fulfillment in the life, death, resurrection, exultation and return of Jesus. That’s the gospel, and our salvation is found within that larger narrative.
So Scot is arguing that if we get stuck on the ‘plan of salvation’ we end with up an individualistic distortion of the gospel that can never lead to a thoroughgoing, whole-life discipleship.”
You’ll find the podcast here.