GOD THE RIGHTEOUS CREATOR
“The Gospel” literally means “good news.” It is a message about God, Man, Christ, and how you should respond. In your heart you know that there is a God. You may try to suppress that truth (Romans 1:18), but we want to encourage you not to fight believing in God. Your good God created you to know Him and to be known by Him. As your Creator, God has a copyright on you (Genesis 1-2, Psalm 89, Revelation 4).
MAN THE SINNER
God created man as the thing He loved most on Earth, but man sinned against God. Sin is disobedience against God’s will for us. All people have inherited a sin nature from the first man, Adam. Our words, actions, thoughts, and motives bear witness that we are guilty rebels before the good, just God. A righteous God cannot accept injustice and be just. God’s Word reveals that we deserve His wrath and eternal judgment for our sin. But, there is hope (Romans 5, 2 Thessalonians 1, 1 John 1).
JESUS CHRIST THE SAVIOR
God is merciful and forgiving. Nothing says this more clearly than God the Father sending Jesus Christ, His Son, for us. Unlike Adam, Jesus fully obeyed God and never sinned. He died on the cross as a sacrifice, a substitution, for us, paying our sin-debt with His own blood. He was raised from the dead, and as our high priest makes intercession for us, and now sits on the throne as King of the universe. He took our sins and we took His righteousness (John 10, Matthew 28, Acts 4).
FAITH AND REPENTANCE
So, how should you respond to this gospel? The Bible says you need faith and repentance. First, you must have faith that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sin and was raised to life on the third day. Second, you must repent – turn away from your sin and toward God. When a person does this they receive not only forgiveness, but become a child of God and heir to His infinite riches and grace. If you would like to know more about how to become a child of God, please contact one of our pastors (John 3, Acts 17, Ephesians 2).