What is the Gospel?

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus. It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! I love you and have sent my son Jesus to save you from the judgement.”

Break it down for me.

  • God loves you and wants you to experience the peace and life He offers. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He has a plan for you.

  • Being at peace with God is not automatic. By nature, we are all separated from Him. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God is holy, but we are human and don’t measure up to His perfect standard. We are sinful, and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

  • God’s love bridges the gap of separation between you and Him. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sins. The Bible says, “‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed’” (1 Peter 2:24).

  • When you accept Christ’s free gift of salvation, you cross the bridge into God’s family. The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

What must I do to be saved?

To receive Christ, one simply needs to walk through these four steps:

  1. Admit you’re a sinner.

  2. Ask forgiveness and be willing to turn away from your sins.

  3. Believe that Christ died for you on the cross.

  4. Receive Christ into your heart and life.

Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Here’s a prayer you can pray to receive Christ:

 

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In your name, amen.”

 

If you prayed that prayer or have any questions about the gospel message, we would love for you to call us at (602) 863-0945 to speak with a pastor.