WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:21
A simple summary in four parts: God. Sin. Christ. Response.
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
God made mankind, the pinnacle of his creation, perfectly. We were without sin or defect of any kind. Yet, the Bible tells us the first man, Adam, chose to believe a lie and rebel against God. This rebellion destroyed his perfect relationship with his Heavenly Father and introduced sin and death into the world. All mankind is born into this state of sin and rebellion against God. Our sin stands between us, and earns us his wrath.
A SINLESS SAVIOR
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God..." - 1 Peter 3:18
The good news of the gospel is that although we all have fallen short of his glory, God has made a way to bring us back to him. No one can earn God's favor on their own. No one is good enough, no one is qualified. God, in his mercy and grace, sent His own son to bring us back to God. He lived perfectly, died sacrificially in our place, and rose again from the grave victoriously for all who come to him in faith.
A REPENTANT RESPONSE
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved..." - Romans 10:9
The Gospel demands a response. It is not enough to be familiar with Jesus, you must personally trust him to be saved. The forgiveness we need, the life we were made for, is available to any who will turn from their sin and follow this Christ. We all respond to the gospel in some way, whether by accepting or rejecting this message of salvation. Come to Christ today!
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness..." Exodus 15:11
God is the good creator of everything and everyone in the entire universe. He was before all things, created all things, and holds all things together. The Triune God of the Bible, perfectly holy and infinitely good, made everything in the universe to reflect and display his glory. How we relate to this holy God is the most important question we can ever ask.