The Gospel

The Bible calls it "good news," or the message about Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation. It's a summary of God's work through Jesus and our response to that work, which leads to salvation. To help us understand it better, the gospel message always includes four key elements:

God rules: The Bible says God created everything, including you and me, and He’s in charge of everything. (Genesis 1:1, Revelation 4:11, and Colossians 1:16-17)

Man sinned: We inherently disobey God. The Bible calls this sin and sin separates us from God. The punishment? Death. (Romans 3:23 and 6:23)

Out of His Love God sent Jesus: He’s the perfect solution to our sin problem rescuing us from the punishment we deserve. It’s something we, as sinners, could never earn on our own. Jesus alone saves us. (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9 and Acts 16:30-31)

We respond in repentance and faith: You believe in your heart that Jesus alone saves you through what He did on the cross. Repent by turning from sin and seeking to satisfy your own desires then turn to obeying Jesus and His purposes. You then tell God and others that your faith is in Jesus. (John 14:6 and Romans 10:9-10, 13)

Now, it gets personal.

When you respond to the gospel and surrender your life to Jesus, everything changes. Here are your next steps of faith:
Professing Your Faith: When something this life changing happens, your first response is to tell others. You declare your faith in Jesus by telling the story of your salvation. Most people begin by sharing their decision to follow Jesus with their family, friends, pastor, or minister. (Romans 10:9-10, Mark 9:24 and John 9:25)
Baptism: This is a powerful outward symbol of the inner change that has happened. It’s a lived-out picture of the death of your sin and your new life with Christ. (Matthew 5:13-17, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:36-39 and 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Join the Church: The church is a body of believers following Jesus together. Jesus designed the church for every one of His followers to have a place to belong to a community of faith, grow in what they believe, worship God, give of your resources, serve Christ and others, reach others with the gospel and become more like Him. (Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 4:1-16 and Romans 12:1-2)

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