You have probably heard the word “gospel” and wondered what it means. It is a word that evokes differing emotions and responses depending on your experiences. We would like to give you a good understanding of the gospel and welcome questions you may have!
What is the Gospel?
The word “gospel” is simply defined as an announcement of good news. For Christians, it is an announcement of the good news of Jesus Christ and all He has done for us. Specifically, the gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ voluntarily died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He did this not because of anything we have done or will do for Him but because of His great love for us.
Why do we need the gospel?
Everyone who has ever been born on this earth shares the same condition and the same need. We were all born as sinners and need a remedy for that sin. The apostle Paul stated this clearly in his letter to the Romans: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Paul also wrote, “the wages of sin is death” in Romans 6:23. Death in this verse is understood to be “spiritual death,” or separation from the personal presence of God.
God is holy and perfect and does not desire to be in the presence of sin. No matter how ‘good’ you look or how many good deeds you do, in the eyes of God, you are sinful because you can never measure up to the perfect standard He has. In our own strength, there is no way that we could ever be good enough to dwell in His presence. But God loves us so much that He took care of that problem! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth in order that we might not face an eternity separated from Him. “But God demonstrates His love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Did you notice that Jesus Christ died while we were still sinners? This is great news for us! It means that we don’t have to earn our way into His presence. The Lord Jesus Christ is our redemption through his life, death and resurrection from the dead. Romans 6:23 makes this abundantly clear when it states: “The wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It is a true gift that only needs to be received. In his letter to the Ephesian church, the apostle Paul explains this clearly: “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) We cannot earn eternal life by anything we do. We can receive the gift of eternal life by placing our faith in Jesus Christ and what he did for us on the cross.
How do we receive the gift?
It is very simple to receive this gift! You must believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He came to earth to pay the penalty for your sin. You must admit that you are indeed a sinner who needs a Savior, and must place your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior. You must also desire to make Jesus Christ Lord of your life by turning from a life of sin and striving daily to be obedient to God’s will for your life,
What happens once you accept this gift?
Once you acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a Savior and confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is that Savior, your life will begin to look different. You will want to study the Bible to learn more about the Lord God and His Son, Jesus Christ. You will also desire the fellowship and teaching of a church that helps you to grow in your new faith in the Lord Jesus. As you learn more and more about the Lord God and His Son, Jesus Christ, your life will reflect what you are learning. Those around you will see a difference in the way you live your daily life.
The apostle Paul challenges us with the following: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2) Christians commit to following the Lord God and His Son, Jesus Christ and strive to do what He asks of you. It is a life-long journey and goal. It takes daily commitment and effort.
If the truth of the God’s message to mankind has struck a chord in your heart and life, and you must recognize your need to be saved from the penalty of your sins, your next step is to confess this to God!
How does one talk with God? Through prayer. Prayer is a personal conversation with God. Speak to God out loud as if you were speaking to another person in your presence. God will be present, and He will hear you! Here are points to make as you speak with God.
- You confess to God that you are a sinner.
- You acknowledge your sin separates you from God.
- You accept the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as the payment for your sin that restores your relationship with God.
- You receive the gift of eternal life He has provided through His Son Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches that God raised Jesus from the grave conquering death on our behalf. We read in Romans that, “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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth you confess and are saved…For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10,13)
Those of us at Faith Bible Church hope that the good news of the gospel has brought about a new understanding of God’s love for mankind and for you. We would love to hear from you if you have decided to trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or if you have questions about the gospel message. Please contact us at email@example.com.
You are also invited to join us for our Sunday services. We would be honored to encourage you in your journey of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.