The gospel is the powerful, life-changing message at the heart of the Bible: the good news of great joy about a person named Jesus, and what he has done for us.
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We open our Bible and read that on one night long ago, heaven opened up to a few ordinary men on a hill and the world was never the same after that. Here is what they heard from the mouths of angels:
“‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’” (Luke 2:10-11 ESV).
There was a day when in the little Middle Eastern town of Bethlehem, the Lord, the very God who created the world, was born. And he was born for a reason. He knew we could not find our way to him, so he came to us.
Jesus came on a mission. He did not come to condemn us (John 3:17) for our rebellion against God, but to save us from our sins through the greatest demonstration of love the world has ever known (Romans 5:8).
What is the gospel? It’s the great climax of the Bible: the good news of great joy that if we repent of our sins, believing in Jesus for forgiveness, we will be saved from God's wrath, and be given new and eternal life (John 3:16).
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Romans 1:16 ESV
The gospel is
the message about Jesus:
who he is,
what he did,
we receive his benefits.
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, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus told him,
“I am the way,
and the life.
No one can
come to the
except through me.”
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
G.O.S.P.E.L. LIFE IN 6 WORDS
If there's anything
in the world that
you cannot afford to ignore,
it is the voice
of God saying,
Here is how you can be
saved from my judgment."
on the name
of the Lord
will be saved.
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
in the gospel.
Q #88: What is the true repentance or conversion of man?
A: It is the dying of the old nature and the coming to life of the new.
Q #89: What is the dying of the old nature?
A: It is to grieve with heartfelt sorrow that we have offended God by our sin, and more and more to hate it and flee from it.
Q #90: What is the coming to life of the new nature?
A: It is a heartfelt joy in God through Christ, and a love and delight to live according to the will of God in all good works.
Q #91: But what are good works?
A: Only those which are done out of true faith, in accordance with the law of God, and to his glory, and not those based on our own opinion or on precepts of men.
I am not
of the gospel,
for it is
the power of God
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.