The Gospel message is the good news that God is redeeming the world through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son for His own Glory to be displayed.
In order to grasp the significance of the Gospel, you must understand four words:
God (Romans 1:18-20, 2:1-16, 3:22-24)
God is the Righteous Creator. He is good, He is holy, and the ultimate just judge. As humans, we must realize that we belong to Him, are accountable to Him, and are created to glorify Him. We exist for God’s pleasure. God loves humanity and created us to enjoy a personal relationship with Him.
Man (Romans 1:21-25, 3:9-20, 3:23, 6:23)
Humans are condemned sinners. We were created by God in His image, but we have been corrupted by sin. Our will and desires are enslaved to sin. We have broken God’s laws and have personally offended Him with our rebellion. Our sin has broken the relationship with God. We all stand guilty and condemned before our Holy God.
Christ (Romans 3:21-26, 4:25, 5:6-10, 8:1-4)
Jesus Christ is the Glorious Redeemer. Jesus alone is able to remove our sin and reconcile us to God because He alone perfectly obeyed God. Jesus served as our substitute when He went to the cross, satisfied God’s wrath, and died in the place of sinful humanity. The cross of Christ demonstrates God’s justice: someone had to pay for our sins. Jesus paid. The cross also demonstrates God’s love: Jesus was willing to pay in order to glorify the Father by saving sinful humanity.
Response (Romans 10:9-13, Ephesians 2:8-9, Mark 1:15)
The response to the Gospel must be Faith and Repentance. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We cannot “do enough good” to be made right with God. Repentance is turning away from sin and self-sufficiency. Faith is complete trust in Jesus alone for salvation—casting oneself upon the mercy of God. We turn to Jesus and trust in Him as our Master and Savior.
Does the Gospel make a difference?
The Gospel is the power of God for salvation for everyone that believes. The Gospel is how we begin with Christ and it’s also how we grow in Christ. Growth in Christ is never going beyond the Gospel, but going deeper into it. The Gospel allows us to gain a glimpse of the beauty, majesty, size and glory of our God. The more captivated we are by the beauty of God in the Gospel, the more our hearts will be transformed to love the things God commands. The Gospel is like fuel in the furnace of our worship—it enables us to crave God more than anything else this life has to offer.