What is the Gospel?
The gospel is a message
The gospel is a message of good news
The gospel is the message of good news centered on Jesus Christ
Jesus is both King and Savior of the whole world. By his power, he can defeat the demons in our lives. By his undeserved favor, his grace, he can forgive us of our sins, once and for all. By His love, he can renew our hearts, and change the direction and desires of our lives toward himself, forever.
No matter what your past is, you know that you need this love. Jesus said:
If this passage is not enough to convince you, read how “gospel” is defined in Scripture, and ask yourself some questions:
Is the gospel about a King and a kingdom?
Are the facts about Jesus Christ the content of the gospel?
Since repentance and faith are proper responses to the gospel, they can’t actually be the gospel themselves, right?
Is the gospel worth dying for?
Is the gospel a verbal message to be proclaimed?
Is the gospel something that you believe?
Does this gospel have something to do with the grace of God?
If it is the gospel of God and the gospel of his Son, does this mean that Jesus is God?
If you believe the Gospel, do you receive salvation?
Is the gospel a “good” or “glad” message?
Does the gospel have something to do with the cross?
Does the gospel have to do with Jesus’ death and resurrection, and if you believe it, are you saved?
Is there only one gospel, which was preached by Paul and the other original Apostles?
Is retreating from the first gospel acceptable to Paul?
Was the original gospel message enough for salvation?
Is it safe to say Paul is passionate about this?
Is it possible to live in a way that is not consistent with the gospel?
Was the gospel announced, even in the Old Testament, that people would be made right with God, “justified," through faith?
Is the work of the gospel shared by men and women?
Is the fact that Jesus is “Savior” essential to the gospel message?
Does the gospel benefit those who don’t believe it?
Can the eternal gospel, which was proclaimed in all the Scriptures above, ever change?
This wonderful, joyous message that Jesus is King and Jesus is Savior must be responded to somehow. You will either believe these things about Jesus, or you will not. And if you believe, you will raise your open hands to God, letting go of your rebellion against Him, and call upon his name, and He will save you. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to surrender to Jesus, who is God, as my King? Am I ready to trust in Christ alone to forgive and cleanse me, that I might be with God forever?” If you are, tell Him. He’s listening, right now.
If you need Jesus as King to guide and protect you each day, and if you sin every day and need fresh cleansing from a Savior who loves you, then you need the gospel everyday. If you have surrendered to Jesus as King, and trusted Jesus alone as Savior, what are 5 ways to help cultivate this devotion to Jesus?
1. Read God’s Word, the Bible
3. Take the Lord’s Supper as often as you can to remember what Jesus did for you and to meet with Him in a mysterious, yet wonderful way
4. Have fellowship with other believers in a church where this gospel is proclaimed
5. Serve (Making your life all about something other than yourself is wonderfully freeing)