What is the Gospel? is the title of the sermon series that will begin on May 17th. The series will last at least three weeks, beginning with The Gospel is Why Jesus Came this Sunday morning. Here’s a taste to whet your whistle:
Gospel is a Greek word that means good news. In his first sermon (Mark 1:15) Jesus said “The Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel.” When we read about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, it refers to the good news that Jesus came to this world to save sinners. The gospel message is often summarized in a single verse, John 3:16. But defining what we mean by the gospel is merely the first step. Jesus came to this world and gave his life to bring the gospel; the Apostles, including Paul, were martyred for the sake of the gospel; the New Testament church began in the Book of Acts and continues to this day in order to share that good news and build the Kingdom of God. We need to do more with the Gospel than summarize. The Gospel is more than an invitation to be saved; the lost need to hear it and Christians need to be challenged by it.