The gospel is the good news that you needn’t be anxious about
earning God’s love and acceptance; Christ earned it for you.
gos•pel (gäs′-pǝl) n., [from Old English gōdspel (translation of Late Latin evangelium), from gōd good + spell tale]
1. A tired, churchy-sounding word that is often misused, neglected, under-appreciated, and thus of ambiguous meaning to many people.
2. A noun found 77 times in the New Testament, sometimes translated “good news” and frequently used with qualifiers, e.g. “the gospel of Jesus Christ”, …of God”, …of the kingdom”.
3. The core of Jesus’ teaching; the love-inspired, joy-generating, peace-declaring good news He came to announce.
4. The triumph of Jesus’ perfect life and sacrificial death on the cross which merited God’s unconditional acceptance of all who will trust and follow Him.
5. The answer to the great problem of how guilty people could ever be pardoned by God.
6. The message that reveals God’s power to save those who will believe it.
7. The declaration that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
8. The awareness that you can’t make yourself good enough for heaven, but Christ can.
9. The foundation and source of spiritual life and emotional health for all people.
10. An anchor for the soul; it calms the anxious, consoles the depressed, comforts the suffering, and humbles the proud.