But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
The Apostle Paul (Ephesians 2:4-5)

What is the Gospel?

The gospel is the GOOD NEWS of God's redemption story:

Creation

God created everything (Genesis 1:1). He designed a good and perfect world in which humanity and God could enjoy relationship and harmony (Genesis 1:31). As the Creator, God is the ultimate authority and judge (Psalm 33:8-9, Colossians 1:16-17). Men and women were made in God's image to reflect Him to His creation (Genesis 1:26-27).

Fall

Sin entered paradise and caused an eternal separation between God and mankind (Genesis 3:22-24). As a result, all humanity is inherently sinful (Romans 5:12) - we are all born into an inherited, depraved, rebellious state (Romans 3:23) - at war with God and destined for Hell without divine intervention (Romans 6:23).

Redemption

In love, God sent Jesus to earth as fully human (John 1:14) and fully God (John 10:30). He lived a perfect life (2 Corinthians 5:21) and died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice, taking upon himself the sin of the world (1 John 2:2). Three days later He rose from the dead, conquering the power of death (1 Corinthians 15) and enabling all who would choose to believe in Him as savior and confess Him as Lord to have eternal life (Romans 10:9). This life is not earned by anything we can say or do but is a free gift of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Restoration

Because salvation is by grace and not by works, we are free to live a life of righteousness (Galatians 5:13) by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1-6). In this we participate with God in the redemption of creation by joyfully sharing the Good News of Jesus through our life and testimony (John 17:21-23), until the day when Jesus returns to restore His perfect world (Revelation 21:1-4).

Love Jesus. Live outward.

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