The gospel is the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to reconcile sinners to God. We are passionate about the gospel! Another helpful way to summarize this glorious message is to unpack the words God, humans, Christ, and Response.
The truth is that God is the Creator of all things (Gen 1:1). He is perfectly good and holy, worthy of all worship, a loving Father who created us to glorify and enjoy him, and a righteous Judge who will punish sin (1 John 1:5; Rev 4:11; Rom 2:5–8).
All humans, though created good, have become sinful by nature (Gen 1:26–28; Ps 51:5; Rom 3:23). From birth, all people are alienated from God, hostile to God, and subject to the wrath of God (Eph 2:1–3). We all do wrong (called sin). We have all failed to live for God’s glory and instead live for ourselves. As a result, we are separated from God forever. Our sin deserves punishment.
But here’s the good news! God doesn’t want us to be separated from him. To win us back and for his own glory, he did something amazing. He sent his perfect Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 4:14). Jesus Christ, who is truly God and truly man, lived a sinless, perfectly obedient life, died on the cross to bear God‘s wrath in the place of all who would believe in him, and rose from the grave in order to give his people eternal life (John 1:1; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 7:26; Rom 3:21-26; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Cor 15:20–22). Jesus offers his perfect righteousness and sacrifice for sins to us as a gift, to all who will deny themselves and follow him (Rev 22:17; Mark 8:34–35).
This gracious offer demands our response. God calls everyone everywhere to turn from their rebellion and trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins and hope of eternal life (Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21; Rom 10:9–10). Once we acknowledge in humility our desperate brokenness and sin (Ps 51; Luke 18:9–14; 1 Pet 5:5–6) and receive Christ as Lord and Savior by God’s grace through faith, God forgives our sins, declares us righteous, and seals us with his Holy Spirit as a pledge of our future redemption (Rom 3:21–27; Eph 1:13–14; 2:8–9).
But the ultimate prize of this good news of the gospel is God himself, not just his gifts (John 17:3; 1 Pet 3:18). The ultimate reason the gospel is good news is because Christ’s work has removed every obstacle to our reconciliation with God, and it enables us to glorify and enjoy him forever (2 Cor 5:17–19; Eph 2:13–16). We can begin a life-giving, all-satisfying relationship with the God of the universe that will last forever. This new life is available for everyone today! (2 Cor 6:2).
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800 N Illinois St
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 525-8079
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