The gospel (εὐαγγέλιον in Greek) literally means Good News!
The good news is that Jesus saves sinners. Of course there is a great deal more to talk about depending on how much of the story of God’s redemption you already know. In the New Testament we have four eye witness accounts to the good news of Jesus. These are the four Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We would love to talk with you in person about the good news of Jesus! Call Pastor Moody to set up a time to get together: 210-833-3891.
God Created all things out of nothing. He made mankind in His image with true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. He entered into a special relationship with us (covenant), and called upon Adam to live in thankful obedience as the representative of all mankind. Adam and his wife Eve chose to disobey God, to break covenant with Him, and so made themselves subject to His wrath and curse for sin.
Man Fell into a state of sin and misery. God issued a dreadful curse, multiplying pain in childbearing for women, explaining the new power struggles in marriage, and the need for hard labor in order to survive (Genesis 3:16-19). The ultimate part of the curse is death. Though they were created to be immortal, men and women will now grow old and die and their bodies will return to dust. Much worse than physical death is the eternal spiritual death that awaits all those who refuse to believe in the good news of Jesus.
Jesus Saves his people from sin and death. We deserve to be punished for our sin. However, instead of giving us what we deserve (hell), God sent His son Jesus to live in our place, die in our place, and rise victorious over sin and death. He took the full force of God’s wrath for our sin, and gave His perfect righteousness to our account. This salvation is a free gift of God’s grace. You can’t earn it. You can’t be good enough to get into heaven. However, God provides His sovereign grace to save His people and adopt them into His family.
Repent and Believe in the gospel. This is the only appropriate response to what Jesus has done for us! It is not enough for us simply to know historical facts about Jesus, but we must trust Him, love Him, and serve Him with all that is in us. He calls you to turn from your old ways and to live for Him. Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
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