What is the Gospel?

The word “Gospel” literally means “good news”. The Gospel is the good news of what God has done in Christ to secure our redemption. At its heart it is a story about Jesus. But as with every good story, to know it fully we must begin at the very beginning.


The gospel begins with God. It is God’s message for God’s people living in God’s world. The Gospel Bible begins: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

The Gospel begins with the premise that there is a God, he is loving and he made everything; including you. Therefore your life only makes sense with reference to this God. Because he is the Creator he has the right to make the rules. And because he is Love those rules are good, wise and life giving.


Very early on in the Bible we discover that humans beings rebelled against the Creator God. Our first parents wanted to be like God, deciding right and wrong for themselves. They did not believe that God was good and they resented his authority over their lives. They rejected his Word and they did what God had told them not to do.

Thus, the Bible is clear: “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:22-23

The central dilemma of the Biblical narrative is this: God is holy and we are not. That is the problem that Jesus came to solve.


Perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible reads as follows: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Jesus is the grace of God! Jesus is what God gave so that his people might not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves and he paid for what we have done in his body on the cross. His life brought us blessing. His death brought us peace. His resurrection gives us hope.


Gratitude is another word for “thanks”. It means to receive what God has given in Christ for our salvation. It also describes the essential attitude of the Christian. The Christian is one who rejoices in what Christ has accomplished. A Christian is one who grows in what Christ has given. Gratitude therefore, is about receiving and responding. The apostle Paul wrote, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1

A Christian gives because God has given. A Christian loves because God has loved. A Christian forgives because in Jesus, God has forgiven them. The whole Christian life is about responding to what God has done in Christ.


The gospel begins where it ends: with God’s people, in God’s world, delighting in God’s goodness. The Gospel is a story about rescue and restoration. It is about how God in Christ brings his people all the way home.

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