WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The Gospel is the activity of God in reconciling humanity back to Himself . From the fall in Genesis 3, God set in motion a plan that would redeem men to Himself, one day undoing the damage inflicted on His creation. In the gospel, God has one purpose in what He is doing in creation: Bring glory to Himself, and saving a remnant of humanity lost in sin and judgement.
In the gospel is hope from hopelessness. Because of the severity of our condition as corrupted sinners, the Bible teaches and history proves that man cannot save Himself and that no amount of education, reform, law, punishment, motivation, money, medication can change that (Genesis 8:21b; Psalm 58:3; Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1, Ephesians 2:3; Job 15:14; Romans 1:18-23; human historical accounts). The Bible teaches that our righteous acts can never atone for our sins because even our righteousness is tainted with sin and these righteous acts are never enough (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 2:12-16, Romans 3:19-20, Galatians 3:10-12, Ephesians 2:8-9).
God's solution was to come down Himself and be a complete substitute for us. God sent His only Son Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man (Colossians 1:15, 19), to live our life and die in our place for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:17; ). In order for us to be rescued from the judgment to come, we needed to be perfect in our love for God and love for men (Deuteronomy 6:5, Deuteronomy 10:19; Luke 10:27; John 4:24; Matthew 25:31-46).
However our sins are still not atoned for by Jesus just living for us. Something must be done about the sin that we have actually committed. We needed someone to atone for our sins. So Christ then not only lived for us, but died in our place thus removing from us the penalty of our sins, sins that where actually committed by us and must be atoned for.
We connect to that amazing good news through repentance and faith (Acts 20:21). What that means is that in order for us to receive the gospel and its benefits we must first turn towards God in repentance. Having received the gospel, the story just begins. The Gospel brings transformation. The gospel is not just for the future but for the here and now. Through what Jesus did, we are set free to live as Jesus lived. This is the Gospel!
The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action a sinner (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3).
The deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).
Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34).
Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).
Only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21- 26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).