What is the Gospel?
Hi, my name is Greg Wirths and I am the pastor of New Life Tabernacle in Augusta Kansas. First, I want to thank you for visiting our website. I am honored that you would take the time to be here.
The topic at hand is “the Gospel”. To many today the Gospel is simply the good news. That’s certainly true but what exactly is the Gospel and what does it mean to us as individuals? Let’s look at the bible answer to this very important question.
The Gospel is given to us by the Apostle Paul.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
There are a few things that he prefaced the Gospel with. First, he preached it. We must too. They received it. We must as well. They stood for it. This applies to us today. We are saved by the Gospel it is still the truth to this day.
By simply looking at these words we can easily see that the Gospel was and still is the focus of the church. Since this is true, let’s go to the next few verses.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Here we have the simple plan for preaching, receiving, standing and finding salvation. It is what he called the Gospel. There are three parts to the Gospel, they are, Jesus died by crucifixion, he was buried and he rose again the third day.
Most of us know the story of his death, burial and resurrection so the question arises, “How does this save me?” This is a relevant question and needs to be answered scripturally. The answer is we are saved by participating in the Gospel. We die with him, we are buried with him and we rise with him. Sound confusing? Well, it’s actually very simple. First, we must die with him.
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
This death is called repentance where our old lifestyle and direction changes. Repent means to be sorry for your sins and to turn from them. Then, we must be buried with him.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death… In baptism we are buried with him into his death.
Then we rise in the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 6:4 …that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
The Gospel plan was summed up by the Apostle Peter who preach it on the very first day of the New Testament church. When the people who were there at the upper room realized that they were sinners and needed salvation they asked the Apostles “What shall we do?”
Acts 2:37-38 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
To obey the Gospel we must repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
I hope this stirs you to read and study more about this truth. We are actively involved in home and church Bible study. We’d love to have you join us and free to call me anytime (316-304-9720) for more information. If I’m not able to answer, please leave a message and I’ll get back with you ASAP.
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