Gospel. Word derived from the Anglo-Saxon godspell denoting “glad tidings” or “good news.”84J. Knox Chamblin, “Gospel,” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 892.
The word “gospel” means good news. There’s nothing bad about it. There’s nothing unappealing about the gospel when we see it as it really is. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus. It is how we come to know God in a personal way. It is how we are able to become saved, wiped clean, made new, and joined into a relationship with God and His family of believers! It is the story of God’s love for the lost, for the broken, for the helpless. No matter who you are, where you grew up, or what you’ve done, the Gospel relevant to your life.
The Gospel is About One Awesome God, One Massive Problem, and One Solution.
There is one God. He made Heaven and Earth, you and me. He is good, He is powerful, He knows everything, and He loves us beyond anything we could imagine or comprehend!! God wants to be in a close, abiding relationship with every one of us.
There is one problem. God’s eyes are too pure to look on evil. When we sin, we create a distance between ourselves and God, and we become subject to God’s perfect justice. Many think we can fix this problem by our own pious efforts, good deeds, or religious rituals. It just doesn’t work that way.
There is one solution. God loves this world so much that He gave us his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross as payment for our sins and rose back to life so that we could be saved and restored back into a relationship with God now and forever. This salvation is given to us through faith in Jesus Christ to everybody who believes this good news!
In the video above, Jesus asks “Will you follow me?” If you have never done so, you could do it right now. If you do, you should expect that a relationship with God is going to change you. God gives us his Holy Spirit to empower us and to make us more like Jesus. Further, we are adopted into God’s family, the church, which we get to be a part of so that we can grow and mature together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
So what will it be? Will you follow Jesus?