What is the Gospel?

 
 

What is the essence of the Gospel message?

From the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation, the Bible shares a relational message. This message is called the Gospel (or Good News). The Good News of Jesus Christ is expressed in 6 basic statements.

  1. Humanity was created for relationship with God (Genesis 2–3; Leviticus 26:12).
  2. Our sin separated us from that relationship (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23).
  3. There is nothing that we can do to reconcile this relationship on our own (Ephesians 2:1–9).
  4. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8–10; Ephesians 2:13–16; 1 John 4:9–10).
  5. Jesus rose from the dead that we might have life (1 Peter 1:3).
  6. Jesus offers eternal life (or a reconciled relationship) to those who will repent of their sin by placing faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; John 17:3; Acts 2:38).

How can you receive eternal life?

John 3:36 tells us that “He who believes in the Son has eternal life.” A person receives eternal life by placing faith in what Jesus has done for them. What did Jesus do for them? He died on the cross for their sins, He rose from the dead that they might have life, and He offers eternal life to anyone who will repent of their sin by placing faith in Christ.

Following Christ is a journey that never ends, but it can begin with a simple prayer. Use this prayer to guide you. “God, I know that I’ve sinned. I recognize that my sin has separated me from you. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin, and He rose again on the third day. As best I know how, I turn from my sin by placing faith in what Jesus has done for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you have placed faith in Christ today, we encourage you to share this decision with others. For more resources on this new relationship with God, go to www.thisisthegospel.com.

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