The gospel is the good news of God overcoming death with life. It’s the single story that all of the Bible speaks, the story of God and his relationship to humanity, and it’s marked by four major movements: creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. And at the epicenter of that gospel story is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It goes like this:
God created us, and created us for a purpose – to know him and worship him. But at some point we have all made the choice to turn from him, seeking our joy and purpose apart from God. God calls this sin. And because God is perfect, holy in every way, he has declared that any sin against him is punishable by death – eternal separation from him.
But God wants us, wants a relationship with us. So he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth. Christ lived the perfect life that we couldn’t live ourselves, then went to the cross to die the death that we deserved to die because of our sin. The Son of Man became the sin of man. But after three days he was raised from the dead, defeating the power of sin once and for all. After establishing his church, he ascended into heaven where he now sits on his rightful throne. And one day he will return to restore all of creation to perfection. Now for those who place the weight of their lives on Jesus being the Son of God, believing that he has done everything necessary to save them, there is eternal life. Through Jesus we can now know God and be restored to right relationship with him, the very purpose for which we were created.
We believe that this gospel message has several implications for the Church: