The word gospel literally means good news. When Christians refer to "the Gospel" we are referring to the good news that Jesus Christ died on the cross to reconcile sinners to God, and he rose again that we might have new life now and into eternity. It is really great news to us, and it is central to all we do in Discovery.
Here’s the story:
There is one, true God who is holy, perfect and eternal. He created us in His image to know Him and glorify Him in our lives, work and relationships here on earth (Genesis 1:26-28). But we sinned and that sin cut us off from God and all His goodness (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:23). All of creation and every person has felt the brokenness of our sin every since. But God loves us too much to leave us without a way to come back to Him. So in his great love, God sent his Son Jesus to come as king and rescue his people from their enemies—most significantly their own sin (Psalm 2:1-12; Luke 1:67-79). More than 2000 years ago, Jesus came to earth lived a perfect life, show himself in his earthly ministry, gathered some followers, and then died on a Roman cross. In his sacrificial death, he took on himself the punishment for the sins of many (Mark 10:45; John 1:14; Hebrews 7:26; Romans 3:21-26, 5:12-21); then he rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted his sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been completed (Acts 2:24, Romans 4:25). IF we trust in Him. God now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness (Acts 17:30, John 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).
Now that’s good news!
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Here is one more way to summarize the Gospel, through these four words:
God is the creator of all things (Gen. 1:1). He is perfectly holy, worthy of all worship, and will punish sin (1 John 1:5, Rev. 4:11, Rom. 2:5-8).
All people, though created good, have become sinful by nature (Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 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).
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 believe in him, and rose from the grave in order to give his people eternal life (John 1:1, 1 Tim. 2:5, Heb. 7:26, Rom. 3:21-26, 2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Cor. 15:20-22).
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)