Pastor John Piper explains the basics of the Gospel.
The word Gospel literally means "Good News." And good news it is! The Gospel tells us that God in Christ has done everything we need to be restored to the God who created us and designed us to Know Him and enjoy Him forever.
Here is a brief summation of the Gospel:
God created us for His glory.
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36
God has made us so that our greatest joy, satisfaction, and purpose are found in Him. Why are there 4,300 different religions in this world? Because God has created us to worship.
But we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Sin (a spiritual condition apart from God) separates us from God. Broken relationships with God and others, and our numerous individual sins, are outward expressions of our spiritual condition of sin.
Sin results in physical death and spiritual death.
For the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23
The Bible says that result of sin (or wages of sin) is death. Sin results both in physical death (spirit separates from the body, and eternal spiritual death (our spirit separated from God).
But God freely gives eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life. Romans 6:23
While death is something we earn because of our sin, eternal life is a free gift God offers to all who will come to Christ because of what Jesus has done on the Cross.
Jesus was our substitute on the Cross.
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3
Because the wages of sin is death, Jesus bore our sin and died on the Cross in our place. Jesus both died physically and spiritually, bearing the wrath of God and separation from God for His people. Because Jesus bore the penalty of sin for us, the Good News is we don't have to!
God accepts the sacrifice of Jesus so that we may be reconciled to Him.
He (God) made Him (Christ) who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
The Cross is the well-spring of all the blessings of God toward us. On the Cross, our sin is paid for and forgiven, the wrath of God is satisfied, the righteousness of Christ is provided for us, and everything that God requires of us is accomplished for us.
What is our response to the Gospel?
"What must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." Acts 16:30-31
Christ has done everything that we need to be reconciled to God. He has paid the debt of our sin. He has perfectly fulfilled the Law for us. He has destroyed the works of the devil. All that is required of us is faith.
Faith is not simply an acknowledgement of existence. The devil believes there is a God. Biblical faith, however, means trust. We trust that what Christ has done for us is our only hope to stand before a holy God.
Biblical Faith is also a gift of God that brings grace into our lives. This grace helps us forsake sin, changes us over the course of our life into the image of Christ, and gives us a new heart. This is what the Bible calls salvation.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
We encourage you to find the reason you were created. Turn you life to God and believe in the Lord Jesus! For more information, feel free contact one of our elders.
1. God is the sovereign Creator of all things.
2. God created people for His glory.
3. God is holy and righteous.
4. People are sinful.
5. God is just and is right to punish sin.
6. God is kind. He is merciful to undeserving sinners.
7. Jesus is God's holy and righteous Son.
8. God put the punishment of sinners on Jesus, so that His righteousness might be put on them.
9. God offers the free gift of salvation to those who repent and believe in Jesus.
10. Those who believe in Jesus will live to please Him and will receive the promise of eternal life--enjoying God forever in heaven.
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To understand the Good News of the Gospel, we must understand the bad news of our lost condition. Here's a brief video on our need for a Savior.