What is The Gospel?

What is The Gospel?

There’s nothing more important for you to know than the good news of who Jesus is and what He has done to reconcile sinners to God. It's called "the gospel", which literally means, "good news". This is at the center of everything we believe and do at Redeemer Bible Church.

Here’s what Scripture says:

  1. The one and only holy God made us in His image to know him (Gen. 1:26-28).
  2. Humanity sinned and cut ourselves off from Him (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23).
  3. In His love, God sent His Son Jesus to rescue His people from their sin (Psa. 2; Luk. 1:67-79).
  4. Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law Himself and taking on Himself the punishment for the sins of many (Mar. 10:45; Joh. 1:14; Heb. 7:26; Rom. 3:21-26, 5:12-21)
  5. Then He rose from the dead, showing that God accepted His sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted (Act. 2:24, Rom. 4:25).
  6. He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness (Act. 17:30, Joh. 1:12). If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God (John 3:16).

One way to summarize this good news is with the words God, Man, Christ, Response.

  1. God. God is the creator of all things (Gen. 1:1). He is perfectly holy, worthy of all worship, and will punish sin (1Jo. 1:5, Rev. 4:11, Rom. 2:5-8).
  2. Man. All people, though created good, have become sinful by nature (Gen. 1:26-28, Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:23). From birth, all people are alienated from God, hostile to God, and subject to the wrath of God (Eph. 2:1-3).
  3. Christ. Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to bear God’s wrath in the place of all who would trust in Him, and rose from the grave in order to give His people eternal life (Joh. 1:1, 1Ti. 2:5, Heb. 7:26, Rom. 3:21-26, 2Co. 5:21, 1Co. 15:20-22).
  4. Response. God calls everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and trust in Christ in order to be saved (Mark 1:15, Acts 20:21, Rom. 10:9-10).

(Some of this material has been adapted from The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever, p. 43)

We use these four words as the basis of the four movements of our corporate worship service each Sunday because we believe that the gospel is needed not just by those who have never been saved, but that all Christians continue to need the good news of the gospel every day.