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What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

The Gospel is Christ himself, it is the good news of his coming, his life, his death, his resurrection, and his reign over all things. The gospel is the reason the church exists.

The Gospel is good news for broken people. We don't have it all together, we aren't who we want to be or who we ought to be. We are by nature enemies of God (Ephesians 2:1-3).

"But God," the greatest words in human history, but God because of his infinite love sent Jesus. In Jesus, God took on flesh and dwelt among the brokenness of humanity (John 1:14). Jesus was and is everything we cannot be. He was perfectly obedient at every turn, keeping the law that we break again and again (Hebrews 5:8-9).

Then Jesus went to the cross, he died the death of a criminal and took the punishment that we deserve (Isaiah 53:5).

Because of Jesus' death in the place of sinners we are offered forgiveness. By faith we are united to Jesus, adopted as sons and daughters of God, given new life, and set free from slavery to the law, sin, and death (Romans 6:6-8).

The call of the Gospel is a call to repentance and faith, that means we are called to turn from our efforts to save ourselves and turn toward God, trusting in Jesus alone as our only hope in life and in death (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Jack Miller summarized the Gospel well when he said, "You are a far worse sinner than you ever dared imagine, and in Christ you are far more loved than you ever dared hope." This is the essence of the Gospel, it is hope for the lost, broken, weary sinner. Jesus said, "come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest." The call of the gospel is a call to rest in Jesus by faith.

If you have questions about the gospel or want to embrace it for yourself, let us know by calling us at 918-749-1629 or emailing us at info@christpresbyterian.church