What is the Gospel?
What is the Gospel?
Great question! In fact, this question is great because the answer is even greater. The Gospel is known as God’s “good news” because it deals with man’s “bad news.” Before we can appreciate God’s “good news” we must appropriate man’s “bad news.”
First, man’s bad news is bad because of man’s sin problem. God is holy. He is just. He is right. You and I are wrong. One day, we will all stand before God in judgment. God is able to judge because He is just and right. We are just wrong. What will God judge? He will judge our righteousness, whether or not we are right or wrong. The Bible says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We have missed God’s mark of righteousness. So, because of our sin we have earned not only physical death, but spiritual death. I know that is bad news.
The Gospel is called the “good news” because it is so good! The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ was able to live a perfect life. He was right in every way. He was obedient to God the Father in every way. He has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. Paul wrote: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” How did this happen? Well, Jesus Christ not only lived a perfect life, He died as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the wrath, justice, and righteousness of God. After His death, Jesus was buried. On the third day, however, He rose from the grave for our justification. He ascended to the Father and one day He is coming for His church.
How does this “good news” benefit you? You and I are not made right before God based on our works, efforts, deeds, words, or actions. We are only made right in the eyes of God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The only way you can receive the glorious benefit of Christ’s life and death is to put your trust in Him, in Him alone! If you do that, then God declares you as righteous, you are adopted into God’s family, you are forgiven of all your sins, and you begin your journey with God for all eternity. Listen to the Word of God:
- “…for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.
- “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.
- “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
- “That if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9.
- “…for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Romans 10:13.
- “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17.
If you turn from your sin and put your trust in Christ alone, then your journey begins immediately.
- Tell someone about your decision! Right now. Call someone. Call anyone. Call us. We would love to talk with you about your new life and walk with Jesus.
- Find a church home! Find a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, and Bible-preaching church home! It is crucial that you get plugged in with a group of people who are walking with Jesus.
- Begin a Bible reading plan! Start today. Set aside a time each day that you can read the Bible. Don’t try to start at the beginning of the Bible and read all the way through. Start with the book of John. John is located after the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke in the New Testament. You can also find Bible reading plans under our resource tab.
- Join a small group! Get plugged into a Sunday School class or Bible study class at your church.
- Pray! Prayer is simply listening to God and talking to God. God loves you. He wants you to know Him better. Use prayer to tell God about your day, your troubles, your questions, and your desires. Then, listen to God to hear His desires, His direction, and where you fit into His plan.
- Be baptized! Baptism is the public act of identifying yourself as a Christ follower and identifying yourself with Christ’s church. Jesus commanded His followers be baptized.
 Information adapted from R.C. Sproul and Chuck Herring.