“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.”
English Standard Version
What is the Gospel?
There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty, unchangeable, and perfect in holiness, truth, and love. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom is the same in substance and equal in power and glory.
God made humanity in His own image as the head of all creation. Tempted by Satan, mankind rebelled against its Creator and sinned against Him. Because of this sin, all humanity has become irreconcilably separated from God apart from faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, the eternal Word made flesh, both fully man and fully divine. He is the image of the invisible God and the only Savior for humanity from their sin through His death and resurrection.
The Gospel is the Good News that God, in His gracious love, sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross and victoriously rise from the grave to reconcile humanity with Him despite their sinfulness. Jesus’ death on the cross is the one-time sacrifice that is sufficient for all-time; therefore, there is nothing we can contribute or need to contribute to our salvation – it is by grace we are saved.
Faith in Jesus
Faith in Jesus Christ is saving grace, freely offered to us, by which we receive, rely, and rest on Jesus alone for salvation. This saving faith is God-given based on the Father’s sovereign choice, not by our merit or foreseen faith. By placing our faith in Jesus, we are reconciled with God into new life with Him and now live to follow Him, obey Him, and be conformed to Him.
The Church is the community of Christians who exists to glorify God by making disciples of all nations and teaching them to obey His commandments through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit until the day that Christ comes again and makes all things new.