The Gospel can be stated simply as: “Jesus died for your sins.” The Gospel is good news. But it starts with some bad news. God created us. He gave us rules to help us honor him and live well with others. But we rejected his rules and seek to live life our own way.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
This is rebellion against God. God doesn’t just let this rebellion go on forever though. The just punishment for rebellion against God is death and judgment. But it doesn’t end there. There is good news. God is merciful and gracious. So because He loved us so much, He sent His son, Jesus, into the world. Jesus lived a perfect life. Then He took the punishment that our sins deserved by dying on the cross. Then Jesus was raised from the dead. So now, we can receive forgiveness for our rebellion by asking forgiveness and accepting Christ’s sacrifice for us.
For our sake he [God] made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (1 Cor 5:21)
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It comes as a surprise to many to learn how very different Christianity is from other religions; at its core, it isn’t about morality, or philosophy, or self-fulfillment. Rather, it’s about news—good news—the greatest news the world has ever heard. In fact, the word “Gospel” literally means “good news,” and it is this news that stands at the center of the Christian faith. The gospel tells us that God has acted through the person and work of Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and remove the barrier that exists between God and ourselves. How? If you are interested in learning more about the Gospel and the foundational truths of the Christian faith, our Christianity Explored course provides a warm and comfortable setting where you can ask questions, discuss, and learn.