The word gospel means “good news.” And of course if there is good news then we can assume something is bad or wrong that has now been made good or right. The entire Bible is the revelation of God’s good news. We were made to be in relationship with God, but are separated from God by our sin. The result of sin is death and all it brings… fear, anxiety, emptiness, guilt and dread.
In love, God sent His only Son, who was without sin, to pay the penalty for our sin. He died in the sinners place on the cross, was buried, and rose three days later. When a person turns from pursuing life apart from God, and turns to God believing that Jesus died in their place, and rose again, their sins are forgiven, they are clothed in Christ’s righteousness, restored to relationship with God both now and forevermore.
The gospel is the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to reconcile sinners to God.
The one and only God, who is holy, made us in His image to know Him.
But we sinned and cut ourselves off from Him.
(Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:23)
In His great love, God sent His Son Jesus to come as King and rescue His people from their enemies—most significantly their own sin.
Jesus established His kingdom by acting as both a mediating priest and a priestly sacrifice—He lived a perfect life and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law Himself and taking on Himself the punishment for the sins of many; then He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted His sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted.
(Psalms 2:1-12; Luke 1:67-79; Mark 10:45; John 1:14; Hebrews 7:26; Romans 3:21-26, 5:12-21; Acts 2:24, Romans 4:25)
He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God.
(Acts 17:30; John 1:12; John 3:16)
The gospel is at the very heart of why we exist as a church. If you would like to know more or talk to someone about believing the “good news” that Christ died and rose for you, please contact Lloyd Shadrach, one of our teaching pastors.
*Original artwork by Fellowship member Pam Jones