The Gospel is the story of how Jesus brings sinners back to God and is making all things new. The Gospel isn’t just a ticket to heaven. Believing the Gospel is how a person becomes a Christian, and the Gospel empowers Christians to give up their selfish sinfulness and become more like Jesus every day. The Gospel unites people from all tribes, peoples, nations, and languages into the Church.
The Gospel can be summarized in 4 simple points:
1. God. God is the creator of all things (Gen. 1:1). He is worthy of all worship. He is perfectly holy and just, and so He will punish all rebellion against Him (1 John 1:5, Rev. 4:11, Rom. 2:5-8).
2. Humanity. All people, though created good, have become sinful by nature (Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 51:5, Rom. 3:23). From birth, all people are separated from God, live lives hostile to God, and deserve God’s judgment (Eph. 2:1-3). As a result of sin, everything in creation has become broken (Romans 8:19-21).
3. Christ. Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to bear God’s judgment in the place of all who would believe in him, and rose from the grave in order to give his people eternal life and to make all things new (John 1:1, 1 Tim. 2:5, Heb. 7:26, Rom. 3:21-26, 2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Cor. 15:20-22).
4. Response. God calls everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and trust in Christ in order to be saved (Mark 1:15, Acts 20:21, Rom. 10:9-10). Once saved, Christians join fellow believers in local churches to glorify God by pursuing holiness together and sharing the good news with others (1 Cor 12, Matt 28:19).