What is the Gospel?
Good News. Nothing less… and there’s nothing better.
Good News for real people. Broken people. Broken by injustice, wrong, rebellion, addiction,selfishness… sin.
Good News, not a good method or program. Not self-improvement, fresh starts, philosophies or ideologies. Good news that is a gift, grace from God.
This is the Good News!
We all know that we are broken people living in a broken world. God knows it too. And while His perfect character demands justice, His perfect love has acted to satisfy that justice in a way that restores our relationship with Him, and also with others.
Good News! God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ to live the unbroken, sinless life we’ve never had. Jesus’ death on a cross satisfied the divine demand of justice, and His resurrection offers new life and a new, permanent relationship with God that can never be broken again.
What to do with the Good News
Good News! God isn’t just calling “people,” HE IS CALLING YOU to turn your back on sin; all the small and large, ugly and enticing things that separate you from Him, the things that cannot satisfy, cannot heal, cannot liberate, but can only destroy. Yes, He knows who you are in your darkest moments, in the thoughts of your heart you think no one else knows. He knows… and He loves you anyway. Jesus came anyway. FOR YOU.
God isn’t just calling “people,” HE IS CALLING YOU to trust Jesus – ONLY JESUS – and what Jesus did through His death and resurrection as the only thing you need to rescue you from sin and its eternal consequences, to enter His kingdom; what the Bible calls “eternal life.”
Good News! Receiving God’s love, forgiveness doesn’t require a donation, a membership, or a subscription; it only requires faith. You don’t have to change your life to earn God’s grace. Instead, it is His grace that will change your life! His grace will draw your heart to love Him, and to love others. It will change you in ways that will transform brokenness into beauty, strength, and dignity. It will make your character more and more like Jesus’.
Good News Now
You can receive God’s life-giving, life-transforming gift RIGHT NOW. Of course we would love to encourage you, pray with and for you… but you don’t need to wait. You can talk to God RIGHT NOW.
Awkward? Uncertain? Don’t be afraid. God isn’t fussy, and He understands plain talk. Just talk to Him as if you were on the phone with Him. There’s no “magic formula,” just tell Him what you’ve come to believe.
Tell Him you know that you are broken by sin. You can be specific if you want; sometimes it helps to put it all out there. But don’t worry, He knows it all already, and He listens with a tender heart. You’re just telling Him that YOU know.
Tell Him that you are putting your faith in Jesus to pay the penalty for your sin and to rescue you from its consequences. Tell Him you want Jesus to give you an restored relationship with God, and to heal the brokenness in your life.
Good News for sure. You may feel an emotional release… peace, freedom, joy. Or, you may wonder if God has really heard you. Emotions aren’t always the best indicator of the truth. Few people hear God speak with their ears. But everyone, including YOU, can hear His response. He already wrote it, locked His response to YOU in place, two thousand years before you spoke to Him.
- These things I have written to YOU who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that YOU may KNOW that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
- Look, the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” … for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:11, 13)