At Covenant Presbyterian Church we talk a lot about the Gospel, but what is it?
The word Gospel is translated from the Greek noun euangelion, which means “good news.”
The “good news” of Christianity begins by describing the way things are. There is much beauty and joy in our lives, but there is also pain, loss, dissatisfaction, and trauma. We wish we didn’t war with each other, but we do. No one wants to become an addict, but some do. No one wants their marriage to end in divorce, but it happens. We are not as free as we think. We are unable to fix ourselves, our family, or our world. Are we left alone?
The Bible says ,“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:5).
Jesus testified about this “good news” when He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
Jesus’ fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, His miraculous entry into this world, His horrid crucifixion, and His glorious resurrection leave us all in a position of response to Him. His life, death, and resurrection is the “good news”! The good news that we may be saved from our sin.
Either we deny that He came or we believe. Either we look away from his death or we look on it in repentance. Either we reject the belief that Christ rose from the dead or we believe and embrace it. These events are not value-neutral. Neither is our response to them.
And, we believe that the very thing that makes a Christian—namely, the Gospel—is the same thing that grows a Christian.
To help you better understand the Gospel, we provide here a link to a multimedia presentation of the Gospel message, Two Ways to Live.