Continuing our posts from our first time guest booklet...
What is the Gospel?
If you haven’t already noticed we use the word “gospel” a lot. Simply explained the gospel is the good news of God’s great grace in saving sinners through the sending of his only son Jesus Christ to be the substitutionary sacrifice for sin. It’s the story of God’s justice and mercy expressed in the Cross of Christ.
We were lovingly created by God to bear his image and find our identity in him alone. Slaving to find our happiness, satisfaction and significance apart from
Jesus leaves us ultimately alone and empty.
In denying God and dismissing him from our lives we deserve death, because he is just. But God, because he is also loving and kind, pursues his people, sending his son Jesus to live the perfect life we cannot live and die the death that we all deserve as rebels and enemies of God. He is that good and he loves us that much!
The gospel is the good news of God’s great love revealed in Jesus’ life, given in his death and extended to us through his resurrection. It’s offered to everyone called by God who acknowledges their sin, turns from their rebellious ways and trusts in Jesus for forgiveness and life. The gospel transforms, defines and motivates Mystery.
Knowing we are sinners saved by grace alone through Jesus Christ alone creates a community of grateful people, loved by God and extending his love. The gospel alone makes a Christian holy and humble, compassionate and confident.
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1John 4:10