The Good News

The Gospel is simply the good news of salvation and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  It’s the thread that runs throughout the entire story of the Bible.  The Apostle Paul summarized it well.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ESV)

We understand that not everyone believes this message and some even think we are foolish for believing it. However, those who have understood and believed these things all agree that there is power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV)

Creation

God created the heavens and the earth to be perfect.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 ESV)

The Problem

But man rebelled against God and sin entered the world.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Romans 3:23-24 ESV)

The Gift

However, Jesus came to rescue mankind through his death and resurrection by taking our punishment.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 ESV)

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 ESV)

The Belief

So, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ you can be saved, not by works.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 ESV)

The Peace

Therefore, we have peace and hope that come only from Jesus.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 ESV)

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1 ESV)