What Is the Gospel?
At our church, you will hear the word “gospel” repeatedly because it is the most important truth that we can know and experience. The gospel is not merely a message that needs to be shared with non-Christians, but also with Christians. It is not something that mature Christians move on from, but rather something that they move deeper into. The gospel is the lens in which we should view theology, ministry, and all aspects of life.
The Apostle Paul defined the word “gospel” concisely in 1st Corinthians 15:3-5 when he wrote, “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, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” Simply put, the gospel is all about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and the implications it has for us.
The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” It is the good news of God taking on flesh through the person Jesus Christ and rescuing mankind by His perfect life that we could never live, His substitutionary death that we deserved, and the resurrection that now gives us true life through His Spirit. While the gospel can be stated in a sentence, it is also the grand narrative that is told throughout the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The gospel is the glorious story of how God is reconciling the whole world back to Himself through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. It is personal, yet cosmic. It is simple, yet infinite.
What must I do to be saved?
Repent. That word means to "turn around." Turn from your sinful, selfish way of life and turn to God. You must admit that you are a sinner. Recognize that you are going the wrong way and desire to go God's way
Believe. The Gospel message - God sent Jesus. Jesus is the only man to have ever lived that lived a sinless life. He was perfect. He is the Son of God, God wrapped in human flesh. Jesus paid our penalty. He was crucified on a cross for our sin. Though sinless and innocent, He died in place of the guilty ones (US!). This means our sin can be forgiven. Jesus is alive. He arose from the grave 3 days after His crucifixion, defeating death and assuring the way of salvation for us. He is alive today, seated at the right hand of the throne of God. He wants to be our Savior and our Lord. He will forgive us of our sins and make us born again if we ask.
Receive. Ask the Living Lord Jesus Christ to be your Savior. Accept the punishment that He paid on your behalf. Ask Him to come into your heart, to wipe away all your sins, to make you born again, to put you on the road to heaven.
Receiving Christ is done with a prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. You can pray to Him out loud or in the quietness of your heart. Pray this prayer from your heart. Be very conscious of Whom you are talking to. He will hear and He will save you.
"Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive me of all my sins. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. I recognize my need for You because I admit that I am a sinner. Make me born again. Place me on the road to heaven so I can be with You forever, even after I die. Help me to follow you, to serve you and to grow in my relationship with you. Thank you Jesus. I love You."
Now that you have received Christ as your savior, you have become born again. You are a true Christian and will go to heaven when you die. Please begin attending a good Bible teaching church where you can grow in your relationship with Him and His people.
Please contact us at Calvary Chapel Redeeming Grace share with us your decision to follow Jesus. We would like to speak with you more about your new life in Jesus Christ. Knowing Jesus Christ and knowing that you now have eternal life is Good News! God bless you!