What Is The Gospel?
The gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and consummation ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.
Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men can be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have in glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, church and ministries to proceed from and be related to the gospel.
- in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God and
inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in
faith and life.
II Tim. 3:16,17; II Peter 1:21.
- in ONE GOD, eternally existing in three "persons": Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 10:20; Acts 5:1-4.
- that JESUS CHRIST was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is
true God and true Man. Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1-18.
- God created the world in six days; that He created Man (human beings) in his own
image as male and female; that he ordained marriage as only between one man
(born a male) and one woman (born a female); and that all other sexual
relationships and unions other than marriage between a man and a woman are
contrary to God's Word and will.
Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Gen. 1:26,27; 2:18-25; Mt. 19:4-6; Lev. 18:6-23; 20:10-21;
Rom. 1:24-27; I Cor. 6:9-11; 7:1,2; I Thess. 4:3-8; Heb. 13:4.
- that Man sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual
death which leads to eternal separation from God; and that all human beings are
born with a sinful nature; in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed. Gen. 3:6-12; Rom. 5:12; Ps. 51:5; Ezek.18:4;
Rom. 3:19; Gal. 3:22; Rom.7:14-25.
- that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative
and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who truly believe in Him are justified on the
ground of His shed blood; and that justification includes the forgiveness of sins and
the gift of eternal life, obtained on no other grounds but faith on the sinner's part.
I Cor.15:1-4; Eph.1:7; Rom.3:23-28; Acts 20:20-21.
- that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior are born again, and
thereby become children of God, indwelt by His Holy Spirit as the seal of their
salvation; and that the proper evidence thereof is a Holy life manifesting the fruits of
righteousness. John 1:12; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 2:8-10.
- in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven,
and in His present life there for us as High Priest and advocate (Intercessor).
I Cor. 15:12-20; Eph.1:20-23; Heb.7:24-25.
- in the bodily resurrection and judgment of the just and bodily resurrection and
judgment of the unjust; in the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the
everlasting punishment of the lost.
John 5:24-29; I Thess. 4:16-17; Matt. 25-46; II Thess.1:8-9; II Cor. 5:9-10.
- in the personal, pretribulational, premillennial and imminent bodily return of our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ, and in His millennial reign. John 14:13; Rev. 20:4-6,
Acts 1:11; Matt. 24:42-44.
- in the church of Christ as an elect company of believers, baptized by the Holy
Spirit into one Body; kept secure unto the end, designed to be separated from the
"course of this world". Its mission is to witness concerning it's Head, Jesus Christ,
preaching the Gospel among all nations; and its destiny is to be caught up to meet the Lord in the air at His coming.
I Peter 2:9-10; Acts 15:14; I Cor.12:12-13; John 10:27- 29; I Peter 1:5;
Titus 2:11-14; Matt. 28:19-20; I Thess. 4:16-18.
- that every true believer should be baptized by immersion as the Scriptures teach.
Matt. 28:19; Acts 8:36-39.
- that every believer should regularly celebrate the Lord's Supper, as the Scriptures
teach, as a testimony to his fellowship with Christ and with the members of His body.
- in a personal adversary. Satan, the devil, who is to be resisted by faith and prayer
and in the power of the blood of Christ. I Peter 5:8-9; Rev.12:9-11; Eph. 6:10-18.