“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.” – Mark 1:15
The apostle Paul writes in Romans that those who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved, except how will they know on whom to call if they have not heard the gospel preached to them (Romans 10:13-15)?
So, when we think of sharing the gospel, we must know what it is. “Gospel” is translated from the Greek word – εὐαγγέλιον – (a good message [news], the gospel), and bears within itself the knowledge that we are sinners under the wrath of God destined to eternal torment for breaking his holy law, thus making us traitors against the king of the universe. But God, being rich in mercy, chose to pay the debt by pouring out his wrath on his son, Jesus Christ, who willing took our place and died approximately 2000 years ago on a wooden cross, showing his marvelous grace in his sacrifice that was sufficient to redeem his people.
Since gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way by which sinners are reconciled to God, it is then imperative that we understand this good news. I have summarized a few key elements to guide you in your own study of the gospel, to equip you to share this good news:
- Who is God?
- Man’s Sin Nature
- Christ’s Sufficiency
- Justified by Faith