The word “gospel” means “good news.” Here at EBC, we delight to know and share the best news in the world, which can be best understood in four parts.
Part 1: God
The gospel—this good news—begins with the message that God is our creator and has made everything, including us, for His glory.
Part 2: Us
And yet 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 on the day when Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead.
Part 3: Jesus
But 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, and securing for us the reality of eternal life.
Part 4: Our Response
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.
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 Gospel with Others
If you would like more help understanding the gospel so as to share it with others more confidently, the following sermon may be helpful to you.
You can also read “Sharing the Gospel Clearly, Correctly, and Confidently,” an article on our blog which goes into more depth on how to understand and share the gospel.