What is the Gospel?
The word "Gospel" means "good news" and to understand the good news, we have to know the bad news first.
We have all sinned.
The Bible tells us "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3.23). This means that everyone has thought, said, and done things that displease God and breaks his rules. Sin finds it start in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and sin is pervasive--just think of kids...you don't have teach a child to lie.
We've all missed the mark and deserve death and eternal separation from our loving and holy Creator.
"For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6.23a)
God sent His Son, Jesus, to save you.
There is no way for humans to fix their sinful condition; we are God's enemies and we deserve hell. No amount of good works or moral living can ever atone for our sins. That's why Jesus came. He lived the perfect life we never good and died the death we deserved.
Jesus Christ was sent by God to be born of a virgin, live a perfect and holy life, die on the cross, rise from the dead and conquer sin and death. We can be saved by grace through faith in him.
We can depend on Jesus for forgiveness of sins and eternal life, and a real and personal relationship with him in this life.
"But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5.8).
"For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have enteral life" (John 3.16).
How do I receive eternal life?
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14.6). To receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life, the Bible tells us we must repent, believe, and receive.
Repent is a complete turn around in the spiritual life with the aid of God the Holy Spirit. Essentially, you turn away from your sin and to Jesus. You cannot be saved unless you repent of your sins. Jesus said it like this: "...unless you repent, you will all perish..." (Luke 13.3).
We believe many things, don't we? From headline news to the coolest fan theory about our favorite movie. But when it comes to Jesus, we are to believe that he is indeed the Son of God who lived a perfect life, died for your sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day (1 Corinthians 15.3-5).
Jesus said it like this: "This is the work of God--that you believe in the one he has sent" (John 3.29).
To receive Christ means that we surrender our hearts, minds, and lives to his leadership and control. He is the one in charge, not us. Jesus said it like this: "But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to Children of God, to those who believe in his name" (John 1.12).
I want to receive Jesus.
The Bible tells us, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10.9) and this is a promise for anyone and everyone: "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10.13).
How do you do this? Through prayer--a simple conversation with the Lord. While there is no magic in the words you use, your prayer might sound something like this:
"Father God, I come to you and confess that I am a sinner--I have displeased you and broken your rules. I'm sorry for my sins and ask for your forgiveness. I turn from my sins and turn to Jesus, trusting him for forgiveness and enteral life. Thank you for hearing my prayer and saving me. I submit my life to you from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen."
You may not want to use that prayer, and that's okay. When you pray and ask God for salvation, be sure to express to God that you are sinner, believe in Jesus, want to turn from your sin and follow Jesus, and are thankful that he hears your prayer and has saved you.
Now that you're saved...
If you have surrendered your life to the Lord Jesus, know that we are celebrating with you and the Angels in Heaven are, too! It's an exciting time and we would love to connect with you and gift you some free materials to help you as you begin your journey with Jesus. To share this exciting news with us, fill out the form below or write to us at:
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