This "good news" is better news than you think
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)
"Gospel" is a term that meant "good news" in the ancient world. This "good news" about Jesus' life, death, and resurrection is the most important thing about Christians and the church (1 Cor 15:1-5).
This good news starts with God: God is good and made all things good, including making humanity in his image to know him (Gen 1-2).
This good news brings very bad news: Instead of loving God and living under his good rule, we sinned and rebelled against God, cutting ourselves off from him and placing ourselves under his just judgment (Gen 3, Romans 3:23).
This good news brings very good news about Jesus: To pursue his people in love, God became a man in Jesus (John 1:14; Heb. 7:26). He lived a perfect life without sin and died on the cross, being punished in the place of his people, and rose again from the dead (Rom. 3:21-26, 5:12-21, Rom 4:25). By his saving work all those who place their faith in Jesus will be saved from their sins, declared "not guilty" before God, adopted in God's family, and given eternal life (Eph 2:8-9, Gal 3:13, Romans 3:23-25, Eph 1:5, John 3:16).
This good news is for people far from God: Some people are aware they’re not close to God. They feel they can’t escape a sin in their past or a pattern of sin and don’t think they’re “good enough” to come to God. The gospel is good news because anyone, no matter who they are or what they’ve done, can come to turn to Christ and find salvation.
This good news is for people who think they're near to God: Some people think they are “good” or at least better than most people. But if any of us was measured against God’s holy standard, we would be condemned. None of us can get right with God by our own good deeds. Yet, the gospel tells us that Jesus has made a way for us to be right with God through what he's done.
This good news requires a response: This good news about Jesus is offered as a free gift but requires a response. We are called us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness (Acts 17:30, John 1:12). You can do this very simply through a prayer to God in your own words: confessing that Jesus is the son of God and the savior, turning from your sins, placing your faith in Jesus for salvation, and committing to live for Jesus.
If you have questions about the gospel, have recently become a Christian, or would like to talk to a counselor about these things please talk to us at a Sunday service. Or contact our church office at (915) 562-7100 or email us.
Pastor Ricky has written a book entitled, Better News, that walks you through the basics of the story of Jesus from a fresh perspective.
This free book aims to answer questions like:
Why is there a deep longing in our hearts that we can't seem to satisfy?
Why is the world around us so messed up? Why are we messed up along with it?
Who is Jesus and why do so many people misunderstand him?
You can read or download the free book at alwaysbetternews.org.
- See our Statement of Faith for more detailed doctrinal information
- Watch the video intro to our church for an explanation of the gospel
- Some wording and Scripture references from 9marks.org