The Gospel

The Gospel is the greatest message ever told.

It’s not about a story; it’s about a Savior whose name is Jesus. He is the Christ, the Anointed One of God, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. In Christ, there is both deliverance from sin and power over sin. Addictions, strongholds, worries, doubts, and even death itself has been conquered in Christ. The Gospel is the message of God’s love to pursue and reconcile sinners to Himself.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

  • Genesis 3:15
  • Isaiah 52:13-53:12
  • Matthew 3
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
  • Ephesians 2:13-22

 

Creation

God spoke into nothing and created everything. Theologians call this creation ex nihilo (from nothing).

Everything God created was good.

Man, created in the image and likeness of God, was considered very good. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep that which He had created. So, man became a steward (faithful manager) of God’s creation. “Cultivate and keep” could be translated “worship and obey,” which underscores the important work God ordained for man to fulfill. Humanity was tasked with the blessed privilege and responsibility to worship and obey God. But, something went terribly wrong…

  • Genesis 1-3

 

Fall

Man was given the entire Garden to enjoy, but was commanded not to eat from a certain tree. Deceived by the serpent, man fell into temptation and disobeyed God. Sin entered the world, turning created order into chaos.

Everything God created good was corrupted by sin.

Man began to reflect a marred and distorted image of God causing worship to be misaligned and misguided. Rather than worshipping the Creator of all things, man began to worship created things. There is no one righteous. All born from Adam are under the curse of sin and stand condemned before a holy God. We are in desperate need of rescue.

  • Genesis 3
  • Romans 1:18-32, 3:10

 

Rescue

God left heaven and came to earth on a rescue mission. Taking on human flesh, He walked the earth, and lived a perfect, sinless life.

Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.

He was obedient in fulfilling the will and plan of the Father. Through His death, burial and resurrection, He purchased sinners from sin (redemption), satisfied God’s wrath for sin (propitiation), committed to make us holy (sanctification), and promised to complete His work in us (glorification). All who call upon His name shall be saved. Salvation is a gift of God made available by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. There is nothing a person can do to earn it.

  • Matthew 1:18-25
  • Luke 19:10
  • John 3:1-21, 14:1-6
  • Romans 3:1-31, 6:23, 10:9-10
  • Ephesians 2:1-10
  • Philippians 1:6, 2:5-11
  • Colossians 1:13-22
  • Hebrews 4:14-16

 

Restoration

Christ has come, but He is coming again. The first time He came as Savior-King. The second time He will come as Sovereign-King. He will establish His rule and reign upon the earth and His church will rule and reign with Him. In Christ, we are already seated with Him in glory, but one day we will feast and fellowship together.

God promised not only to rescue and redeem fallen creation, but to fully restore it in the New Heavens and New Earth.

Time as we know it will be no more. For a day with the Lord will be as a thousand years, and forever we will be saved from the power and presence of sin. Amen.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • 2 Peter 3:8
  • Revelation 19:9, 21