Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 (ESV)

Gospel means “good news” or “glad tidings”. In the context of the ancient world, “gospel” referred to things like the announcement of a major military triumph. The Gospel, the good news from God to man, is the announcement of forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus Christ. 

Every person knows God and is obligated to obey, love, and serve him. There is nothing good apart from God. Every breath we take is a gift from his hands. Every time we sit down for a meal, we enjoying something he provides. Every happy moment with family and friends, every achievement in art, music, or leisure is possible because of God’s creation. Jesus Christ taught that God causes the rain to fall and the sun to shine for all people, everywhere. 

But mankind shows how wretched we are, both in the evil things we say and do routinely, and in how little we thank God our Creator and Ruler. God’s punishment for our sin is death – spiritual separation from him and physical death. Each of us will die one day and face God in judgment. 

In the Gospel, God gives a way of escape and a path to life, blessing, and joy. The Gospel is the announcement that our sins earned us an eternity of suffering but Christ Jesus offers us forgiveness and life forever with him.

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, truly God and truly man. We believe he was born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe he lived a totally holy, good, and righteous life. We believe that in his death on the cross 2,000 years ago on a hill outside Jerusalem, he suffered the punishment we deserved. And we believe that in his resurrection, God showed that Jesus has triumphed over death and lives forever to save everyone who calls on him. 

Do you know this Jesus as your Lord and Savior? He is mighty and merciful and good and true. He will hear you if you turn to him today and receive him as Savior and King.

Christ is bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, a garment to the naked, healing to the wounded, and whatever a soul can desire is found in him.

John Flavel (1627-1691)