What is the Gospel?

1. God, our Creator, is perfect and His standard for us is perfection. (1 Peter 1:15-16)
2. We have sinned against God by rebelling against Him, by breaking His commandments, and by falling short of His standard of perfection. (Romans 3:23)

3. The punishment for our sin against God is death; both spiritually and physically. Because God is a good God, a just God, and a holy God, He must punish sin. Those who rebel against Him and who never repent are sentenced to Hell for eternity where the wrath of God will be poured out on them in its fullness. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1-4)

4. Christ, who is God, added to His divinity a human nature and came to earth as a man, lived the perfect and completely sinless life that God demands, but that we are not able to live. (Hebrews 4:14-17)

5. Christ died a sacrificial death as a substitute in our place on the cross taking the punishment and wrath from God that we deserve. He rose from the dead after three days, showing His victory over sin and death. (Romans 4:25, Luke 24:6-7)

6. Christ offers us forgiveness for our sins and a reconciled relationship with God, not because of any good work that we have done, but only because of His free grace which He gives. This happens when we trust not in our own “good works” but in Christ alone and what He accompished in His atonement on the cross and His resurrection. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

7. In order for this forgiveness to occur, we must repent of our sins, which is God’s work in our hearts and mind which results in a decision to turn away from our sinful ways and begin following Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:25, Luke 13:3, Acts 3:19, Luke 15:10)

8. If we confess our sins, Christ will forgive us our sins and He will cleanse us from all of or guilt. (1 John 1:9-10, Romans 10:9-10)

9. Those that are saved will persevere in faith until the end, continually trusting Christ and treasuring Him above all else. (Phil. 1:6, Jude 1:24, Eph. 4:20)

10. God’s people – people from every ethnicity, every language, every nation and from every people group – will be saved to be with God worshiping, enjoying and glorifying Him forever. (Rev. 5:9-10; 7:9-12)
Respond to this good news!