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What is the Gospel?

The word 'gospel' means good news. Good news of what?

The gospel is the good news of God's redemptive promise and plan for His creation and His people through Jesus Christ for His glory.

What Does this Mean for You?

1: HEAR A  PROMISE

We see both good and evil in this world. God originally created the world to be good where everything was in order and there was life (Genesis 1). But the humans God created to partner with Him in keeping the order rebelled and sinned (Genesis 3:1-13). As a result, we are all affected by sin and suffering in this world. This sin and suffering can be called brokenness. This sin separates us from God and has brought death into our world. Yet, even from the beginning, God was merciful and promised to send someone to redeem us from this brokenness (Genesis 3:15). 

2: YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM

We all have sinned. We all have contributed to the brokenness. When we live for ourselves, we are "dead in our trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1). We follow the sinfulness of our culture, we follow the whims of Satan, and we live in the sinful desires of our hearts. We are "children of wrath," meaning we deserve death and justice for our sin (Ephesians 2:1-3). 

3: THERE IS AN ANSWER

The answer for our struggle with sin is Jesus. God promised to send someone to redeem us from the brokenness and death. He send Jesus the Christ to live a life free of brokenness. He never sinned. He proclaimed God's promise and plan to redeem us, but the world hated Him for it. So the killed Him. They nailed Him to a Roman cross where He died. Yet, this was part of the promise and plan. He shed His blood to pay the debt we owe for our sin. He died the death we should die for our sin. After He died, He was laid in a tomb. But on the third day, Jesus rose from the tomb alive!!

The Greatest News is the true Easter story. Jesus died, was buried and rose again on the third day. Why? The Bible says, "...Christ died once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God..." (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus died to remove your sins and He rose again, so He might give you eternal life. He makes it possible to restore our relationship with God, and He took the justice we deserve. We were dead in our trespasses, but He makes us alive with Christ and raises us up with Him. By His grace alone are we saved (Ephesians 2:4-10). 

4: WHAT ABOUT YOU?

The only question now is, "What about you?" Are you ready to receive God's offer of love and Heaven? Are you ready to begin a relationship with Him? Look how many times "you" is stated or implied in this verse. "If YOU confess with YOUR mouth that Jesus is Lord, and YOU believe in YOUR heart that God raised Him from the dead, YOU will be saved. (Romans 10:9).

God is not forcing Himself on anyone. He has told you He loves you. He has reminded you of your struggle with sin. He has even provided the answer for your sin through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Are you willing to surrender your life to Him?

If so, simply pray to God in your own words. Ask Him to forgive you of your rebellion against Him. Thank Him for His grace and forgiveness that He provided through Jesus at the cross and tomb. Surrender to His lordship over your life. Commit to live for Him from now on.

If you have any questions or if you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, please contact us.

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