What is the Gospel?
The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” The Bible reveals to us the good news about the One we were created for. The “good news” can be divided into four parts:
God is the benevolent creator. Genesis 1 teaches that he created this world and he declared that it was “good.” This means that God alone is able to decide what is good, just, and true.
Man was created in God’s image and given the capacity to have fellowship with God and with one another. However, because of our sinful nature and our sinful acts, we are guilty of sinning against our Creator. Because we are guilty of sin, we stand condemned under God’s righteous judgment.
But God demonstrates his love for us in this way: while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Sin has to be punished. According to the Bible, even though Jesus was without sin, he died in our place. The punishment for our sins was laid on Jesus as he was stretched out on the cross and the wrath of God was satisfied.
If we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, by believing in him and repenting of sin, the Bible assures us that we will be saved from ‘God’s wrath. This is more than just praying a prayer and saying words, it is a commitment to follow Jesus the rest of your life.
You can solidify your commitment to Christ by voicing that desire in a prayer similar to the one below.
Lord, I believe that you are the one, true, and holy God. I believe that you created me for your glory and your purposes, but I have lived so much of my life living for myself and for sin. Father, I thank you for your Son, Jesus, and I believe that he is Lord and that he is the only way that I can be forgiven and made right with you. Forgive me God of my sin. I place my trust In Jesus. Change my heart and give me grace and strength to turn from my life of disobedience and to follow you the rest of my life.