What is the Gospel?

The good news (gospel) is, quite simply, that Jesus came.

People had waited for a king to come and make things right again, and that day came in the advent of Jesus.

This big truth, the gospel, changes everything.

The New Testament says that because of this we are freed from our sin, there is one new unified race called the church, the cosmos itself is being remade, and heaven is coming to earth, to name just a few.

All of these are vitally important,  but perhaps you clicked on this page because you want to know the story of redemption. Here it is in a nutshell:

The one and only God who is holy made us in His image to know him (Gen. 1:26-28).

But we sinned and cut ourselves off from Him (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23).

In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law Himself and taking on Himself the consequence for the sins of all those who would ever turn from their sin and trust in Him (John 1:14; Heb. 7:26; Rom. 3:21-26, 5:12-21).

He rose again from the dead, showing that He has conquered sin and death (Acts 2:24, Rom. 4:25).

He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness (Acts 17:30, John 1:12).

If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God (John 3:16).

He is gathering one new people to Himself among all those who submit to Christ as Lord (Matt. 16:15-19; Eph. 2:11-19).

Why is it important?

 

A biblical understanding of the gospel is important because the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, and it is the only way for sinful people to be reconciled to a holy God.

Not only that, but everything in a church flows from its understanding of the gospel, whether preaching, counseling, discipleship, music, evangelism, or missions.