What is the Gospel?
The word Gospel just means Good News, and that’s what we preach! The bible tells us that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures”, that “he was buried and that he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures” (1Corinthians 15:3-4).
In order to come into the good of this great gift of God, the bible tells us that there must be a personal experience of discovering our guiltiness before God as sinners and accepting Christ as personal Savior and Lord. This is accomplished only by genuine personal faith in what Christ has accomplished for us, and trusting that God is, as he has said, satisfied with that work.
Why do I need to be saved?
In our natural state, the bible tells us in John 3:18, that every one of us is “condemned already” because of our sinful nature. As we charge through life without God, we try to be the masters of our own universe, making our own plans and living our lives by our own standards of right and wrong – this strategy fails us, as we continually find ourselves at odds with God, unable to attain any lasting peace or satisfaction of ourselves.
Since we are so hopelessly sinful and lost, and because God is perfect and holy, there is a need for us to be reconciled with God before we can ever experience true peace and satisfaction. Thankfully, in his incredible mercy and grace, God has provided a way for us to be brought back to him – he has provided a way for our sin to be forgiven, and for us to be justified, or made right, so we can experience “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. (Romans 5:1)
How? How can I be made right with God?
This is the most important question that a man or woman could ever ask! It is the question that will define the rest of their life, and make all the difference in relation to eternity!
God’s plan to make sinners right with him can be summarized by one single verse of scripture! John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Isn’t that amazing! That tells me that God loved me so much, that he was willing to punish his only Son, who was totally sinless, for all of my awful sins! Accepting that wonderful fact is all that we need to do to be saved for all of eternity!
Once a man or woman recognizes their own personal sin and their need for salvation and realizes that God has provided for their salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, all they need to do is accept that, and believe what God says in Romans 10:9, that “if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.”
Salvation is simply a process of realizing and repenting of our sin, and believing that Christ died to pay the penalty for my sin!
It seems too easy! How can I know for sure that I’m saved?
Often we say that salvation isn’t a “feeling” that sweeps over you, but I have to say, knowing for sure that my sins are forgiven is the greatest feeling in the world! I know without a shadow of a doubt, that I’ll be in heaven for all eternity, with a Savior who died for me!
It’s Christ’s blood and resurrection that assures us of everlasting life when we call on Him as our Savior. His blood made the payment for our sin, and when God raised him from the dead on the third day, it showed God’s acceptance of his payment as all that was necessary! If a holy and righteous God is satisfied, I am too!
The bible tells us in 1John 5:12-13 the “He that has the Son, has life; but he that has not the Son of God, has no life. These things have I written…that ye might know that you have eternal life!”
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