This Is Our Hope

This Is Our Hope

Absolutely Good News

The Christian Gospel (which means “good news”) is unequivocally the most important message that God has given us. The Bible says that the Gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

The Gospel message is woven throughout the entire Bible (God’s revelation to man) and is its central theme.

So what is this good news? The Apostle Paul summarized the Gospel message in his letter to the Corinthians:

1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

The Gospel message is simple:

“Christ died for our sins… he was buried, [and] he was raised on the third day.”

Jesus Christ is at the heart and center of the Gospel. In another letter, Paul equated the Gospel message with the message of the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). So while the Gospel is for us, it is not primarily about us. The Gospel’s main character is Jesus.

Now, what does this Gospel message mean to us?

We’ll start with the background: We are all sinners, guilty of wrongdoing and rebelling against God’s perfect law. The popular phrase “no one is perfect” is certainly accurate, but it is also really bad news. A perfect God who is perfectly good and perfectly just cannot join together with imperfect people. Therefore, we are separated from God (Isaiah 59:2) and unable to please Him (Romans 3:10-11). Even more, the result of our rebellion is death (Romans 6:23) and eternal damnation (2 Thessalonians 1:9).

Now, here is the Gospel good news: God himself, in Christ Jesus, took our sins upon himself and paid our penalty for us (1 Peter 2:24). Regardless of who you are or what you have done in the past, Jesus paid your debt and redeemed you from sin and death (Acts 20:28 and Colossians 2:14). If you trust in Jesus and accept his sacrifice on the cross as your payment, then God no longer sees your rebellion when he looks at you, but he instead sees the work of his Son. You are “clothed with the garments of salvation” and “covered with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).

16 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

Salvation : Receiving This Gift

The Gospel message is great news. How will you respond? God has acted first and offered you an infinitely valuable gift. Will you receive it?

9b If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between [any person]; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:9b-13

“Calling on the name of the Lord” begins by talking to Him through prayer. This isn’t too complicated. As C.S. Lewis said, “God doesn’t want something from us, He simply wants us.” You don’t need to clean up your life first or do anything else before calling on God. The Bible says that whatever we could do ourselves isn’t good enough anyway. We simply need Jesus.

So, if you haven’t started trusting in Jesus yet, the time is now. All you need to do to get started is talk to God (pray), confessing that you’re lost without him, and then turning to him to receive his love and his incredible gift of salvation. He hears you if you would simply start talking to him.

But salvation is more than merely reciting a prayer. Salvation is a God’s gift to you through faith, which is continually trusting the work that Jesus accomplished for you in his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Your decision to trust Jesus today must genuinely transform you into a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ.

Next Steps

Now, go tell someone what God has done in your life and then get connected with other Christians who can help you grow and live out the new life God has called you to. Join us on Sunday mornings to worship, learn, meet other Christians, and be encouraged.

Be obedient to Jesus and publicly declare your new life in him through Water Baptism. The next scheduled date for Water Baptism is shown at the bottom of this page.

Continue learning about who God is by reading the Bible, and continually talk to God through prayer. Attend our Foundations classes to learn and discuss the basics from the Bible of who God is, what he has done for you, and how you should live as a lifelong follower of Jesus. The next scheduled Foundations class is shown at the bottom of this page.