Skip to main content

The Gospel

Gospel means good news, and that is precisely what it is: good. news.

It is good only because we were in a desperately bad condition. It is news because it is the breaking in of God into human history in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

"The gospel must be primarily understood as good news, and the news is not as much about what we must do as about what has been done." -Tim Keller

Four questions will help to explain why we are desperately in need of the good news of the gospel…
  1. Where did we come from? God created all things good (creation)…"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31)
  2. What is wrong with the world? We sinned and brought death, disease, and depravity to God's perfect world (the fall)…"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5)
  3. Is there a solution to the problem? God became a Man in Jesus Christ to live the perfect life we could never live and die the death we deserved for our sins. He then rose again from the dead, conquering sin, death, and hell, and has ascended to heaven where he reigns until his glorious return (redemption)…"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23)
  4. What comes after this? God will judge us all based on how we have responded to the gloriously good news of the gospel of his Son Jesus. God will also restore his creation to a perfect condition by making a new heavens and new earth. Those who have received Christ by faith will enjoy eternity praising God in heaven. Those who have rejected God's gloriously good news in the gospel of Jesus Christ will bear God's eternal conscious punishment in hell (new creation)…"The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31)
What are you going to do with this good news? The Bible tells us that we all are born into this world rebels against the will of God, but if we turn broken-heartedly to Jesus in faith and trust that his death was enough to save us from God's judgment, we can once again be the humans he created us to be, in perfect fellowship with him…"He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God". (John 1:11-13)

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

When Tragedy Strikes

On Sunday night, the most deadly shooting in American history by a single gunman occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada. As of now, the death toll is nearing 60, with over 500 others injured. Before I begin addressing this tragedy from God’s Word, I must share that our prayers are with those affected by this horrific event. God's grace be with you all.
The question on many people’s minds after Sunday night’s shooting is, “Why?”
Scripture warns us against putting our own interpretation on tragic events like this and attempting to fill in the blanks that only God knows. But Scripture does not leave us totally in the dark during times like this. While we may never have Christ’s perfect knowledge and know the infinite number of reasons any one event occurs, we can have a biblical worldview with which to make sense of these things.

Why would someone commit such acts of evil?

One of the first things investigators delve into after a shooting tragedy is the issue of the gunman’s motive. Ironica…

Why the World Needs the Church

We live in a time of growing polarization on many levels. People are divided politically and culturally in this nation. The long-held ways of the past are constantly clashing with the new way of openness and diversity. Because of this, many in the church believe we should downplay our differences and speak only of our similarities with the world around us. After all, we’ve been out of touch with society in the past. But God’s Word has a completely different solution to the problem we face. Instead of minimizing our differences with the world, Scripture elevates them. In fact, the Bible teaches that it is our very separateness with the world that will most effectively impact it. The world needs our gospel-shaped living In Philippians 3:17-4:1, the Apostle Paul describes the difference between the world and the church. Here he gives us at least five reasons we are different from the unbelieving world in which we live. We have a different enemy- The world is at enmity with the gospel itself…

7 Steps to the Pulpit

Many times I’ve sat on the front pew just prior to the sermon time looking at the steps to the pulpit. In these moments each Sunday morning I’m reminded of the great task with which I have been entrusted and my own weakness to perform it. After hours of painstaking study and prayerful preparation, I still stare at those steps and feel under qualified, knowing I’ve only scratched the surface of the message. There is a certain holy trembling a preacher feels before climbing those steps to proclaim God’s eternal Word. In centuries past, preachers like Charles Spurgeon and Martyn Lloyd-Jones had to climb winding staircases to reach the “sacred desk”, but many pulpits today are just a few steps above the floor. Whether you have many steps or none at all, it is an other-worldly task we have been given. The following are a few practical steps preachers can take before climbing the real ones on Sunday morning...

1. Get in the Word

We must immerse ourselves in the text at the outset of all ser…