It may strike you as uncommonly odd for me to make this claim, but I’m going to say it anyway: this Plan of Salvation is not the gospel. The Plan of Salvation emerges from the Story of Israel/Bible and from the Story of Jesus, but the plan and the gospel are not the same big idea. I understand this is controversial. I am denying neither salvation – or justification by faith – nor the importance of salvation in the Bible, and I believe much more could be said than what has been listed above. Still, apart from salvation we stand unreconciled before God. But what I hope to show is that the “gospel” of the New Testament cannot be reduced to the Plan of Salvation.
Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel, p. 39