The Bible calls it “good news,” or the message about Jesus Christ, His work on earth, and the kingdom of God. It’s a summary of God’s work through Jesus and our response to that work, called salvation.
The Gospel includes four key elements:
God rules. The Bible says God created everything, including you and me, and He’s in charge of everything.
“You are worthy, O Lord our God,to receive
glory and honor and power. For You
created all things,and they exist because
You created what You pleased.”
Humanity is fallen. We inherently disobey God. The Bible calls this sin—and sin separates us from God. The consequence? Death.
“For everyone has sinned;
we all fall short of God’s glorious standard."
God sent Jesus. He is the only solution to our sin problem, rescuing us from the punishment we deserve.
For God so loved the world, that He gave
His one and only Son, that
whoever believes in Him will not perish,
but will have eternal life.
We respond in repentance and faith. We pin all of our present and future hope on Jesus as the One who alone can save us from ourselves. We surrender all of our failure to Him with the decision to begin a new life with His help.
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is by believing
in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is
by openly declaring your faith that you are saved."