What is the Gospel?

Gospel IconThe word “gospel” means the teaching or revelation of Jesus Christ.  The Bible describes the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-7 as the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ…according to the scriptures.  As Christians, we are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the world. We know that many have questions about this, questions which we will seek to answer right now. We would encourage you to pray as you read, asking the Lord to help you see the truth about yourself, and the truth about Jesus Christ. At the end of this presentation, there are links to various sermons our pastors have preached regarding the gospel, salvation, and what it means to be a Christian. You may also contact us by clicking here. We would love to discuss any of this with you.

The Bible. We start here, because this is the only revelation of God to man. If we are going to talk about God and His view of mankind, we must stick to what He has declared to us in His word. The Bible is the self-revelation of God, made up of 66 individual books or letters. It was penned by human writers, who were given what to write by inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The message of the Bible declares, among other things, the holiness of God, and His mercy in making a way of reconciliation for His people.  From Genesis to Revelation, we see the chord of God’s loving redemption woven through. But what is the need?

Entrance of Sin. The Bible says that God created the world in six literal days (Genesis 1:1-31). Man was part of that creation and was given great liberty in his life upon the earth. It didn’t take long for Adam and Eve, the first humans, to choose to rebel against God’s instruction, thus sinning against his command. The result of their sin was the entrance of death (Romans 5:12). Since we are the physical offspring of Adam, we inherit that sin nature from him. All humans are guilty of breaking God’s commands (Romans 3:10-23). We lust, we steal, we cheat, we don’t honor the Lord, we set up idols in our lives that steal glory from God. These and other things prove our sin nature, and declare us guilty before God.

Christ our Sacrifice. Because we are all sinners, and because sin offends our Holy God and will be punished by death, something must be done with our sin. God the Father sent His only begotten Son to the earth. Jesus Christ came in the flesh; all man, yet all God. This distinct union allowed Him to live a perfect life upon the earth. He died upon the cross, taking upon His very body the judgment of our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because Christ died for the sins of His people, (John 3:16) we are able to escape the wrath to come. He bore the punishment for us. Our account has been paid in full (Romans 4:6-8).  Jesus Christ was buried, then three days later rose from the grave, demonstrating His power over death. He returned to Heaven, where He will remain until He comes again to the earth.

Our Response. Considering the reality of our sin, and its pending punishment, we are faced with a decision. If we ignore this offering by God, then our just punishment will be an eternity in hell, (Matthew 10:28). But if you see that you are deserving of God’s punishment, because you are indeed a sinner, and if you believe that Jesus is your only hope, that He is the only way to heaven; then we urge you to repent of your sin and believe this gospel message. Cry out to God for mercy. He promises to respond to those that are broken in their sin (Romans 10:13, Psalm 34:18).

The Promise of God. Those who have been born again by the Spirit of God enjoy the promises of God; power over sin’s strength and penalty, forgiveness of sin, fellowship with God, the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, fruitful evidence of our new life in Christ, entrance into the community of God’s people, true meaning and purpose in life…on and on the blessings go. Praise the Lord for His very generous offering of forgiveness and mercy. If our time together today has prompted further questions, or if God has used this time to grant you forgiveness of sin and faith to repent and believe this message, we would love to interact with you. Either come by our church and let us know what has happened, our contact us so we might further assist you.

Here are some sermons from our pastors that address this topic: