The Gospel

The GOSPEL is the greatest news for anyone, any

man, any woman, every child on earth. Jesus Christ

died on the Cross to save YOU! The Bible tells us that

ALL fall short of God’s glory, and that we are ALL in

need of his mercy. It can be confusing if you don’t

understand the Gospel. Some people think that they

should try to get their life together before they come to

God. Some people think that they need to be

regenerated by God before they can exercise faith. But

the truth is, God wants you to come just as you

are.  Matthew 9:13  tells us “But go and learn what this

means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’For I did not

come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

…….So how do we come to Christ?

  • Recognition

    First and foremost, you must recognize that you are a

    sinner in need of God’s mercy and Grace. The Bible

    tells us in Romans 5 that because of Adam’s sin, we

    are all separated from God, and are in need of His

    salvation.  Ecclesiastes 7:20  says “For there is not a just

    man on earth who does good and does not sin.” In

    other words, you DO NOT deserve salvation, because

    you are not sinless. The only sinless man that ever

    walked the earth was Jesus Christ.( 1 Peter 2:22,  Heb

    4:15, etc.) You cannot save yourself, only Christ can

    save you. There is no amount of good you can do to

    deserve salvation, but by the grace of God. “For by

    grace you have been saved through faith, and that not

    of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest

    anyone should boast.” ( Ephesians 2:8-9 )

  • the sin penalty

    The penalty must be paid. For you to come to the

    Lord, the penalty for your sins must be paid. “For the

    wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.” is declared in  Romans

    6:23 . In the old testament, we learn that before the time

    of Christ, God required blood for the atonement of sins.

    This involved the sacrifice of animals offered to God.

    So how does Jesus atone for our sins? Since Christ is

    infinitely perfect and holy, ( 1 Peter 2:22 , etc.) and since

    “God made Christ Who knew no sin to be sin on our

    behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God

    in Him,” ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ) His sacrifice on the Cross

    is infinitely sufficient to atone for the sins of all who will

    receive Him. Why did He do this? Because He loves us

    so much. He is our creator. He created us to have a

    relationship with us for His own glory. “For God so

    loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son,

    that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but

    have everlasting life.” ( John 3:16 )

  • the resurrection

    Believe Jesus rose from the dead. Paul says in  1 Cor

    15:3-5 , “For I delivered to you as of first importance

    what I also received, that Christ died for our sins

    according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried,

    and that He was raised on the third day according to

    the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then

    to the twelve.” This passage is the entire gospel

    summed up. Paul is clearly teaching that Christ’s

    resurrection is essential to our salvation, and that

    without it, there is no resurrection of those who have

    believed. Paul goes on to say in  1 Cor 15:12-19 :

    Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from

    the dead, how do some among you say that there is no

    resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection

    of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if

    Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain,

    your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to

    be false witnesses of God, because we testified against

    God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in

    fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not

    raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ

    has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still

    in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in

    Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this

    life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

  • jesus saves

    You must also realize that Christ is the only one

    that can save you.  Acts 4:12  says “Nor is there

    salvation in any other, for there is no other name under

    heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

    But thankfully we have Christ to turn to when we are

    dead in our trespasses and sins.

  • repent

    Repent and Believe! You must repent of your

    sins.  Luke 13:5  says “…unless you repent you will all

    likewise perish.” Repent means to completely turn from

    your sins, a change of heart, a decision to obey God.

    This must not be confused with works, because the

    repentance is also a gift from God.  Romans 3:11  tells

    us that “There is none who understands; There is none

    who seeks after God.” We cannot repent on our

    own.  John 6:44  also says “No one can come to Me

    unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will

    raise him up at the last day.” God must grant it to us,

    and he does. He does this by the preaching and

    proclaiming of the Gospel. Luke states in  Acts

    11:18  that “When they heard these things [Peter’s

    Sermon on God’s Grace] they became silent; and they

    glorified God, saying, ‘Then God has also granted to

    the Gentiles repentance to life.’” Take a look at this

    passage from  Romans 10:12-17

    For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for

    the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

    For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be

    saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they

    have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him

    of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear

    without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless

    they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the

    feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who

    bring glad tidings of good things!”

    But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah

    says, “LORD, who has believed our report?” So then

    faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of

    God. (emphasis mine)God has  granted you the ability, 

    but it is your responsibility to repent. God can no more

    repent for you than he can believe for you.  John 1:12  

    says “But as many as received Him, to them gave He

    power to become the sons of God, even to them that

    believe on His name.” He gives you the power, (the right)

    to repent and believe when you receive the Gospel.

  • the heart of thankfulness

    So what do you have to do to be saved?

    Recognize, repent, believe. Let me be clear, it’s Christ

    alone that saves you. He does not save you in response

    to any action of yours. He saves you through faith that

    He has granted you, through the hearing of His word. If

    you’ve heard the Gospel, and you truly believe it, a

    typical response would be to get on your knees and

    thank Him for saving you. Confess to Him that you are a

    sinner, and tell Him that you truly want to follow Him.

    Thank Him for sending His Son to die on the cross for

    your sins, and raising Him from the dead that you may

    have life through Him. I’m not going to give you a

    “magic prayer” to pray, you must get on your knees and

    talk to Him from your heart. You must truly mean what

    you say to Him.

    Matthew 7:21  says “Not everyone who says to Me,

    ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he

    who does the will of My Father in heaven.” There is

    nothing magical about the prayer itself, but it is simply

    an act of faith.  Romans 10: 9-10  says “that if you

    confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in

    your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you

    will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto

    righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made

    unto salvation.”  Ezekiel 36:26  says, “And I will give you

    a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I

    will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give

    you a heart of flesh.” It is because of this new heart He

    has given you that you are now able to do His will. Your

    new heart, and your new spirit will be evidence that

    Christ is in you. Your desires will begin, through

    sanctification, to align more and more with the will of


  • born again

    The Bible says you must be “born again.”

    Jesus says in  John 3:3  “…I tell you the truth, no one

    can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

    What does that mean? The following passage in  John

    3:1-8  explains clearly:

    Now there was a man of the Pharisees named

    Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He

    came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you

    are a teacher who has come from God. For no one

    could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if

    God were not with him.”

    In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can

    see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

    “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus

    asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his

    mother’s womb to be born!”

    Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter

    the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the

    Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth

    to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You

    must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it

    pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where

    it comes from or where it is going. So it is with

    everyone born of the Spirit.”

    To be born again means to be born from above. You

    are first born of the flesh, of your mother’s womb. You

    are literally “your mother’s child.” This is your physical

    birth. When you accept Christ as your Savior, (Repent,

    Believe) you are “born again” of spirit… of God. You

    now become a child of God as proclaimed in  Romans

    8:14  and as His child, you now take part in the

    inheritance, which is the kingdom of God. (Matthew

    25:34) This is the essence of the Gospel.

    Once you’ve made the decision to

    accept and follow Christ, you can rest assured that you

    have eternal life, and it cannot be taken away from you.

    It is maintained not by anything you can do, but by the

    hand of God. “And I give them eternal life, and they

    shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them

    out of My hand.” ( John 10:28 ) Something that is eternal

    cannot be taken away, otherwise it isn’t eternal, it would

    only be temporary. “For I am persuaded that neither

    death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers,

    nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor

    depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to

    separate us from the love of God which is in Christ

    Jesus our Lord.” ( Romans 8:38-39 )

  • it's all in the family

    Remember, if you have made the decision to follow

    Christ, and become a Christian, it is your responsibility

    to share the good news with others. Also, you should

    find a Bible believing church to participate in. It is

    essential for Christians to fellowship with other

    Christians in order to grow in your relationship with