We all have questions...
Is there a God? What is He like? Where is my life and story going? What does it look like to know God? Does He even want me to?
The Gospel answers these questions...
When we say the term "Gospel" we mean the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh come to Earth to rescue and redeem us from sin and death.
The Gospel is good news because it is a message of hope. All men and women are born in sin, a rebellious nature that causes us to reject the mercy and commands of God. God, not being content to abandon His creation to its own desires, launches a rescue mission in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus came and lived among us as one of us. He experienced what it was to be human, and identifies with us in our weaknesses. He surrendered himself to death on a cross, where he suffered in our place and bore the wrath of God that we deserved because of our sin. And in a show of his sinlessness, and God's acceptance of Jesus' sacrifice, Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where he rules over creation. Our hope is in this resurrected savior, whom death could not hold, and who will one day return and remake this world into what it always should have been. How does someone enjoy the benefits of what Christ has done? The answer may surprise you but salvation, hope, forgiveness of sins, and the promise of a restored creation are all free gifts from God who loved us so much that He did what we could never do and covered a cost we could never repay.
So how does the Gospel answer the questions above?
The Bible teaches that when someone believes the Gospel they are born again. They become a new creation in Christ, and grow into a new worldview that answers life's greatest questions and struggles. The way we view life and death, God and man, joy and sorrow, love and hate and more are all shifted to a new Gospel-saturated perspective. It's not easy though, and this shift happens over the course of our lives as we seek to know God and allow the Gospel to challenge, comfort, and move us to be more like Jesus.
After reading that you may have a question, disagree, or find yourself mouthing an "Amen". Regardless, if you want to talk about the Gospel, please contact us.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.