The gospel is the foundation of all that we stand for. It is the most important message in the universe. It is the only thing that matters at the end of the day. It is a matter of life or death, heaven or hell, eternal joy or everlasting destruction. Yet so many people have never heard it – even many in our own churches. This is why we exist – to make the gospel known in our culture, and to all nations.
What Is The Gospel?
The word “gospel” means “good news”. Our summary statement of the gospel is this:
The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ dying for the sins of the world as a sacrifice and substitution, and granting salvation to all who turn to Him in faith, by applying His righteousness to them.
It Starts with the Bad News
When sharing the good news, it must first start with a clear understanding of the bad news. Just as someone telling you “I have a cure for your sickness” would make no sense unless it was a doctor who first qualified that you were terminally ill, so it is with the gospel… Telling someone “you can be saved from your sins” makes no sense unless we qualify that people are sinful and in need of salvation from the consequences of their sins.
The bad news is that we are all sinful by nature and choice (Genesis 8:21; Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 3:10-23), and we all deserve the consequences of our sins, which the bible refers to as death (Romans 6:23), the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8), eternal fire (Matthew 25:41), outer darkness, and a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12).
The Good News
Sinning against an eternally worthy God merits an eternally worthy punishment; but the good news is that God provided a way of salvation wherein we can be freed from the power and consequences of our sins.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
“God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:21
“God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
– Romans 3:25-26
We broke God’s law and therefore deserve the death penalty. However, in His love, God sent His son who willingly stepped into humanity to pay our fine with His sinless blood. God can now legally dismiss our death sentence, while still maintaining His justice.
God extends an open invitation to all humanity to be forgiven of their sins by commanding all men everywhere to repent and to put their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 17:30; 20:21).
Repent – this means to completely turn from everything God hates, and turn to God. Repentance is not just feeling bad and telling God that you are sorry; repentance demands a response.
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”
– Hebrews 10:26-27
“First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”
– Acts 26:20
Trust In Christ – Jesus alone is the reason we are saved. There was nothing we could have done to make up for the sins we committed against God. Our only chance is to put our trust and faith in a savior.
“It is by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God.”
– Ephesians 2:8
Jesus lived a perfect life because we couldn’t He offered himself as a sacrifice because he loves us. All we are to do is receive the gift of eternal life by placing our faith in Jesus, and show our faith by turning from sin. When we do that, God gives us a new spirit with new desires and the power to resist the Devil and his temptations.
If you have never submitted your life to Christ as Lord and Savior, and you would like to receive God’s gift of eternal life, you can do so right now.
“now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Confess that you are a sinner deserving hell
Believe with all your heart that Jesus can save you from hell
Repent from sin (repent means from sin, and to God)
Ask Him to give you the power to overcome sin, and change you to the person he has called you to be.
You can pray something like this…
God, I confess that I have sinned against you and I deserve the penalty. I don’t want the penalty, and I believe that you paid it for me already by your sinless blood on the cross. Jesus, I pray that you send your Spirit to live inside of me to empower me to turn from my sins and change me into the person you want me to be.
Remember, saying a prayer doesn’t save you; repentance from sins and faith in Christ does. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes from hearing the Word of God. To help you continue in your faith, read the Bible (The Word of God) and obey what you read. Find a Bible Believing Church and get connected.
Once you have received the forgiveness your sins by repenting and putting your faith in Christ, you now have an obligation to share the gospel message with those who haven’t heard it.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:18-20
“Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men.” – 2 Corinthians 5:11
“that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:19-20
See more about sharing your faith here.