What is the Gospel?

Posted: October 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

During the sermon this past Sunday we spent our time considering the question “what is the gospel” as we worked our way through Romans 1:16-17. And as we did, we discovered that there are three essential elements to it:

1. The gospel is the good news about who Jesus Christ is. This is something Paul says he wasn’t ashamed to preach. That Jesus, who was/is God incarnate, lived a sinless life, suffered and died on the cross in our place and three days later was raised from the dead. Paul refers to this as the foundation of the gospel in 1 Co 15:1-4.

2. The gospel is also the good news about what Christ accomplished for us. Paul calls it “the power of God for salvation”. Because of what he did on the cross, spiritually dead and rebellious sinners like you and I can be (among other things) forgiven, justified and reconciled to our Heavenly Father.

3. The gospel is also the good news about how we receive what Christ accomplished. We are told the “the righteous shall live by faith”. It is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone that we are saved.

Now that is one way to sum up the gospel message. But of course, there are many other very helpful and faithful definitions of the gospel. Here though is one of the more creative…

“I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” – Acts 20:24, ESV

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