The Gospel is the good news that Jesus has delivered us from spiritual death to life,
from sinful rebellion to adoption as His children, and from damnation to forgiveness.
This is the Gospel:
1. We are all sinful (We do things that break God's law).
We are naturally sinful, spiritually-dead, and in need of rescue. The Bible makes it clear we have no hope or goodness without God.
"None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;no one does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23
"We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away." Isaiah 64:6
You've heard of the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20):
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
These are the most basic of God's laws. We have all broken at least one of these. They prove to us that we cannot be perfect, that we sin, and that we must need a Savior.
"For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it." James 2:10
2. Sin has dangerous, eternal implications.
Sin earns us death:
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
We all sin and we are all sinful. Sin is not simply something we do, sin is what we are apart from Christ. Apart from being saved by Jesus Christ, we are totally, utterly sinful and in desperate need of Jesus Christ. The "wages" or payment our sin deserves is death. This is spiritual death--a life lived apart from true life in Christ, and eternity in Hell, which is the worst death anyone can imagine.
God warns us about our desperate condition:
"But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. Romans 2:5-8
It is very obvious that our sinfulness is reason for great concern.
3. Jesus took the punishment we deserved for our sin (death) on the cross.
He died in your place:
"But He was pierced through for our transgressions,He was crushed for our iniquities;The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
He dealt with your sin:
"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God." Romans 5:6-9
He had to die:
"...without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins." Hebrews 9:22
4. Jesus is the only way to be saved.
There are no other gods, but the One true God. Jesus Christ is God, and He is the only way to be saved:
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me'." John 14:6
"And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He lived a perfect, sinless life, died a real death, and rose again from the dead.
"Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
5. We receive the free gift of Salvation only by God's grace (we can't earn it).
You cannot earn or deserve salvation. Nobody is saved by a church, a pope, a prayer, a baptism, a good life, or anything that man can possibly do. Salvation is by grace alone, though faith alone, in Christ alone.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast" Ephesians 2:8-9
"...He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:5
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil." John 3:16-19
The results of being saved are:
1. We are forgiven of all of our sin (past, present, and future).
2. We are made alive in our hearts--transformed forever.
3. We become children of God,
4. We have true hope.
5. We will spend eternity in Heaven.
What should I do if I realize I am a sinner, I trust Jesus, and I want to be saved?
You should rejoice, for God is calling you to Himself, and helping you to understand that you are a sinner and He is the Savior.
You should be able to clearly understand the truths above, trust Christ alone for your salvation, and turn away from your sins.
Your ability to "do better" is not salvation. No, the grace of Christ causes Him to reach out to you and call you to follow Him. Salvation simply means "being saved by God."
Answer His call, trust Him, turn away from sin, and thank Him for saving you like nobody or nothing else can.
Your next step is to contact our pastor at: firstname.lastname@example.org and he will help you learn more about Jesus and what it means to live for Him.