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What is the Gospel?

Our desire is to be a healing community for a hurting world through the life changing hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In other words, “It’s All About Jesus!” We believe the Gospel is primarily “good news”, because we never earned it in the first place. God graciously gave it to us in His mercy, and therefore, we never outgrow or graduate from it and constantly are being shaped by it as a family of Christ followers.

The Gospel according to the Bible is this: Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures… (1 Cor 15:1-4). For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph 2:8-9).

  • The Gospel is a Plan - Jesus, the Son of God, accomplished salvation for us “according to the Scriptures” prepared beforehand.
  • The Gospel is an Event - Jesus Christ “died” on the cross, was buried, and risen according to the plan.
  • The Gospel is an Achievement - Through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, the just penalty of God’s holy anger against sin was paid for and the righteousness of God completed.
  • The Gospel is an Offer - Salvation in Jesus Christ is freely offered by grace and not of any works we must do.
  • The Gospel is an Application - The gift of salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone which declares you are justified and forgiven in Him.
  • God is the Gospel - We are forgiven and justified in order to bring us to God so that we may treasure and enjoy Him forever through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The just and gracious God of the universe looked upon hopelessly sinful people and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath against sin on the cross and to show His power over sin in the resurrection so that all who turn and trust in Him will be reconciled to God forever.

“…to believe the gospel is not only to accept the awesome truths that 1) God is holy, 2) we are hopeless sinners, 3) Christ died and rose again for sinners, and 4) this great salvation is enjoyed by faith in Christ—but believing the gospel is also to treasure Jesus Christ as your unsearchable riches. What makes the gospel Gospel is that it brings a person into the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of Jesus Christ …”

- John Piper, The Gospel in Six Minutes

Five Keys Elements: A Biblical Presentation Of The Gospel

The Character Of God (Rom 1:18-20; 2:1-16; 3:22-24; Isa 43:6-7)

  • Biblical Truth: God is the just and gracious Creator of all things.
  • Biblical Response: Realize that we belong to Him, are accountable to Him, and are created to glorify Him.

The Sinfulness Of Man (Rom 1:21-25; 3:9-20; 3:23; 6:23)

  • Biblical Truth: We are each created by God, but we are all corrupted by sin.
  • Biblical Response: Admit areas of rebellion, be honest with God about sin, and turn from it.

The Sufficiency Of Christ (Rom 3:21-26; 4:25; 5:6-10; 5:18; 8:1-4)

  • Biblical Truth: Jesus Christ alone is able to remove our sin and reconcile us to God through His death. He alone satisfies the wrath of God for our sins.
  • Biblical Response: Recognize that we are helpless to be reconciled with God apart from Jesus Christ

The Necessity Of Faith (Rom 1:17; 3:20-31; 4:22-25; 6:11-14; 8:10-11; 10:9-13)

  • Biblical Truth: We are reconciled to God only through faith in Jesus. There is nothing we can do to become right with God.
  • Biblical Response: Faith that leads to salvation involves turning from sin and self-sufficiency. We turn to Jesus and trust in Him as Lord, confess Him as Lord and Savior.

The Urgency Of Eternity (Jn 3:14-16, 36; 10:27-30, 17:3; 1 Tim 1:16-17; Heb 9:12; 1 Jn 5:11-13)

  • Biblical Truth: Our eternal destiny is dependent on our response to Jesus.
  • Biblical Response: Cry out to God to save you of your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ and confess Him as Savior and Lord.
“Faith is essentially the casting and resting of oneself and one’s confidence on the promises and mercy which Christ has given to sinners, and on the Christ who gave those promises … repentance is a change of mind and heart, a new life of denying self and serving the Savior as king in self’s place.”

- J.I. Packer, Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God

The gospel is the life-changing message that Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God died on the cross to pay the penalty our sins deserved, was buried and rose on the third day for our justification (1 Cor 15.3-4; Rom 4.25).

***Adapted from The Church of Brook Hills, Covenant Life Church, and City On A Hill Church.

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