Good News:
What is the Gospel?
THE GIST

The centerpiece of true Christianity is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel means "Good News." It is the Good News that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead in order to forgive us and bring us into a relationship with God.

The Apostle Paul wrote, "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, [4] that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

FORGIVENESS

Jesus forgives sins by dying on a cross in our place. the name "Jesus" translates to "The LORD saves." This is exactly what Jesus does -- He saves his people from their sins.


"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

How? He takes the divine judgment we deserve so that we might be free from the guilt of our sin.

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24)

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [24] and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:23-24)

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
(Romans 6:23)

HOPE

Jesus defeated sin by his death and defeated death by his resurrection. Pop-culture wants you to believe that there is nothing for you beyond the here-and-now. "You have no soul, no God, and no future." But Jesus has a different message! You have a soul. There is a God. And there is hope and meaning beyond this temporal life. Jesus gives us a true and lasting hope; he himself is our living hope.


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [4] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3-4)

GOD

Jesus brings us to God.


"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit" (1 Peter 3:18)

Having a relationship with God is called eternal life.

"And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." (John 17:3)

Jesus is the Mediator who reconciles lost sinners to a holy God.

"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
(1 Timothy 2:5)

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

For those would find true and lasting spiritual rest, Jesus is the way. He cries out, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

RESPONDING TO THE GOSPEL

We are saved by responding to the Gospel in faith. Faith is the heart's trusting in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness and eternal fellowship with God. Faith is abandoning all other so-called hopes in the world in order to flee to Jesus for refuge and salvation.


"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
(Ephesians 2:8-10)

"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."
(John 1:12-13)

Faith is accompanied by repentance (turning from a sin in order to live for God) and discipleship (a life devoted to live for Jesus and his purpose in our lives).

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