The Good News of the Gospel of Christ
Dear friend, the following is a brief summary of God’s message to mankind, which he has declared to us in his Word, the Bible.
Who is God?
God is the universe’s creator and sustainer. God is spirit. He is perfectly holy, righteous, and good. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. He is present everywhere at all times. God is triune, existing eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the one true God. He created all things for his glory. He created mankind with a special purpose: to know him and enjoy him forever.1
What went wrong?
Adam, the father of the human race, sinned against God by disobeying God’s command. Adam was our covenant representative, so his sin is credited to us. We have also sinned against God personally. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” So we are all born as hostile enemies of God—sinners by nature, and sinners by choice. “Sin is lawlessness,” or breaking God’s law. This law is embedded in the conscience of every human. God engraved it on stone as the Ten Commandments. God’s law declares:2
You shall have no other gods before me. (Including setting other life priorities higher than God. Matt. 22:37-38)
You shall not make for yourself a carved image. (All forms of idol worship)
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. (Including speaking of God or his truth disrespectfully)
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Setting aside one day in seven for the worship of God)
Honor your father & your mother. (Forbidding disobedience to our parents. Rom. 1:30)
You shall not murder. (Including hatred in the heart and hateful words to others. Matt. 5:22)
You shall not commit adultery. (Including any sexual activity outside of marriage, whether physically or mentally. Matt. 5:28)
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness. (Including lying in all forms. Revelation 21:8)
You shall not covet. (Desiring what belongs to others)
This is a summary of God’s holy law, which we have all broken.
What has God done about it?
God is holy and just, so “he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness.” He will bring perfect justice, with his holy law as the standard. Jesus warned that many will hear these words: “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire…”
But God is full of grace. In love, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to become man and to live and die in the place of guilty sinners. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Jesus lived as the only man who perfectly obeyed God’s law. At the cross, he died under God’s judgment that was due to guilty sinners. He was buried, and he rose again the third day. He ascended into Heaven, where he rules as Lord over the universe. At the last day, He will return to deliver his people and judge the world.3
What must we do?
God has declared that you must turn from your sin and believe on his Son, Jesus Christ. “God…commands all people everywhere to repent.” “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” There is one Savior—Christ. There is one way to receive Christ, and that is by faith alone, apart from works. God has promised if you trust in Christ, he will pardon all your sins and will credit Christ’s perfect righteousness to your account. This is the good news of the gospel! “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” If you’re truly saved, God will have given you a new heart and mind. You will hate sin. You will love God’s people and God’s Word. Out of a heart of love for God, you will walk in joyful obedience to His law (although not perfectly in this life). Jesus tells us, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”4
It is God’s will for everyone who has trusted in Christ to be baptized and join a solid local church where they can grow through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.5 We invite you to visit with us.
If you would like to know more about the gospel, here’s a link to some good resources: cbclawton.com/thegospel.
1: Gen. 1:1; Eph. 1; 1 Tim. 1:17; John 4:24, 17:3
2: Rom. 3:23, 5:12; 1 John 3:4; Exod. 20:1-17
3: Acts 17:31; Matt. 25:41; Rom. 5:1; 1 Tim. 1:15
4: Acts 17:30, 16:31; John 14:6; Rom. 5:1; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 1:9-2:1, 2:3, 3:9, 14; John 14:15
5: Matt. 28:18-20; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 10:25
(Read the Bible online at ESV.org)