What Is The Gospel?

The Gospel

For those who are not yet followers of Jesus, the Gospel is a trustworthy and Biblical summary of how to come to Jesus by grace through faith.

For Christians, the Gospel is a refreshing reminder of that which is “of first importance” for our faith (1Cor.15:3). So, at CrossWay, we say along with the Apostle Paul…

”I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16).

The “gospel” is the good news of salvation. By responding to the gospel, we are saved from sin and death and saved for holiness and life in Christ’s eternal family. “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Eph.1:13). The Bible also describes it as the gospel of hope (Col.1:23), peace (Eph.6:15), life and immortality (2 Tim. 1:10), and God’s grace (Acts 20:24).

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy,

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10).

This subject of the gospel can lead us into the breadth and depth of much of the Bible’s teaching. For the sake of brevity here, we will highlight a few key points:

Dear friend, if you are reading this summary of the gospel, “the word is near you” as well.

The “word of faith we are proclaiming” is the one testimony of the Apostles, the saints of the ages, and all Bible-believing, gospel-proclaiming churches. “If you will confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It is one thing to agree in your head that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” It is another thing altogether to believe that God loves you and that Jesus died on the cross for your sins so that your sins can be forgiven and you can receive eternal life!

Can you believe that? That is what faith is all about. As Ephesians 1:13 says,

Receiving Jesus

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.”

Yes, this gospel comes with a guarantee! When we believe we are “included in Christ” and “marked in him with a seal” who is the Holy Spirit. And the Spirit guarantees our inheritance! We receive eternal life, the forgiveness of sins, and adoption into Christ’s eternal family. There is no better news anywhere on Earth than this! The gospel is indeed good news to all who will believe.

Will you? “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” “Anyone” includes you. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” “Everyone” can include you, if you will call on the name of Jesus Christ. And if you have never done so before, you can do it right now if, by faith, you will sincerely pray the following words:

 

“Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner in need of your mercy and grace. In the name of Jesus, I ask you to forgive my sins. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins. I believe that God raised him from the dead. I trust him now as my Savior. I confess him as my Lord. Save me, O God, and guide me in the way of faith, hope and love, that I may faithfully follow Jesus and walk in his way, to the glory of God. Amen.

 

If you have just responded to this gospel message, don’t keep it to yourself. Reach out to others who can pray for you. Find a gospel-teaching church that can nurture your soul with Biblical truth, caring fellowship and pastoral integrity.

We ask you to consider one more thing; the gospel is not just for “becoming a Christian” or “getting into heaven”. The gospel continues to be good news for believers! In our purpose statement we stress responding to the gospel, not only for our initial salvation, but also for the continual outworking of our salvation once we become believers. When followers of Jesus continue to respond to the gospel in faith, God in his grace helps us to bear fruit (1Cor.1:18; 15:1-10; Col.1:5-10). At CrossWay, we believe that we will learn together, by grace through faith, to go deeper and deeper into the implications and applications of the gospel.

Let us know if there is anything the people and pastors of CrossWay Community can do to help you in following Jesus and walking his way! God bless you.

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