Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What is the Gospel?

I wrote this summary today for our church's website and wanted to share it here.  I hope it stirs your heart reading it as much as it stirred my heart writing it.

The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel is "good news" because it answers the deepest needs of every man, woman, and child - the need of sinners to be reconciled to a Holy God.  The Bible teaches that each one of us is a sinner by nature and by choice when compared the holiness of God - the true standard of what is right.  God is perfect and we are not.  Our sin is infinitely offensive to God because God is infinitely glorious.  The Word of God teaches that though God created us and loves us, we have become His enemies.  No one is righteous in God's sight - not even one.

However, God was not satisfied to leave His creation in rebellion.  He sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, to live the life that we could not live and die the death that we deserved so that each one of us could become sons and daughters of God.

Christianity is not a "religion" as man sees religion - a set of rules by which we live better lives, but instead a message of redemption offered freely because Jesus kept the rules that we could not keep.  The heart of the gospel is substitution.  Jesus took our place - both in life and in death.  If we receive the gift of God's grace by faith in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven our sin and reconciled to our Heavenly Father.  Jesus removes the wall of sin that separates us from God and restores our relationship with Him.

Though the gospel is utter foolishness to the world, it is God’s very wisdom.  The Bible declares that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.  God is working today in the world through the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

As Paul wrote to us in 1 Corinthians 15, the gospel is christological, centering on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The gospel is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved).

At Hill Country Bible Church Round Rock, we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary message of the whole Bible, as the only hope for a fallen world, and as the source of salvation and life-transformation for all who believe.  We invite all who have ears to hear to believe today on the Lord Jesus Christ for life - both abundant life now and eternal life forever.

1 comment:

GLMeece said...

This is really clear, focused, correct, and...awesome. It's awesome because of the above but mostly because the gospel is awesome.

I have no merit wherein God in any sense owes me mercy or should show this favor to me. Yet, God in his Amazing Grace, has extended his love to me as a sinner, that I might actually become the righteousness of God through trusting in His son's finished work.

The more I recognize just now much I never have, never will, and never can deserve His favor, the more awed I am by His grace. We need to recognize just how much it is we have been forgiven, and our love for Him will grow!