The word “gospel” means “good news.” Here at EBC, we delight to know and share this best news in the world, a message which can be understood in four parts:
The gospel—the good news—begins with the message that God is our creator and has made everything, including us, for His glory.
You and I have chosen to sin against God by rebelling against Him and worshipping the things God has made more than God Himself. Our sin has earned God’s judgement. We experience God’s judgement in so much of the brokenness and dysfunction we experience in our world today, and, apart from God’s mercy, we will experience His wrath fully when Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead.
God is full of love, and He has provided a way for His justice to be satisfied and for His mercy to flow to us. He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life and died on the cross in our place. In His death, Jesus took the punishment of our sins upon Himself and satisfied God’s justice fully. Three days later, He rose from the dead, conquering death itself, securing for us the reality of eternal life, and ruling as king over all things.
There is nothing we can do to earn this salvation. Jesus earned it for us, freely paying for it all in our place, and God offers it to us as a free gift. All we “do” is let go of our idols and treasured sins, and reach up to receive this gift with empty hands, trusting in Jesus and all that He has done. The Bible calls this response “repentance” and “faith,” and it is a work of God in our hearts. Because Jesus is king, and because He sends His Holy Spirit to fill and empower His people, trusting in Him will always result in a transformed life.
If you have never trusted Jesus, you can do so today—even right now! Please contact us if we can help you better understand the gospel and what it means to follow Jesus.
Sharing the Good News with Others
If you would like help understanding the gospel so as to share it with others more confidently, the following sermon and blog post may be helpful to you.
The resurrection is the capstone of the gospel message.