The word "gospel" in the Bible means "good news". But what's so good about it? In order to understand why the good news is so good you first need to understand the bad news. Scroll down to learn more...
The Bible tells us what God is like. He is:
God exists in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The Bible also tells us that all things were made by God in the span of six days for His own glory. Human beings did not evolve from apes. We were created in God's image.
From the first man, named Adam, God created the first woman named Eve. God placed Adam and Eve in a garden and gave them one command.
However, Adam and Eve quickly rebelled against God and disobeyed His command. Because of this, all of us are born into spiritual death.
All of us will die one day. Do you know where you are going when you die? The Bible tells us God has appointed a day on which he will judge the world. On that day, we will all appear before His judgment seat. The bad news is that we all deserve God's eternal punishment because we all break his commandments daily.
Before the foundation of the world, God chose some to be saved from His wrath for the glory of His grace.
God the Son came to Earth to save those who are appointed onto salvation. He did this by taking on a human nature, being born of a virgin, over 2000 years ago. He was then given the name Jesus.
The people of Jesus' day did not receive Him as God, but instead, had him crucified on a Roman cross. But, this was all done according to God's plan to have Jesus take the punishment of sin (God's wrath) upon Himself, therefore satisfying the perfect justice of God. In doing so, God saved those He had chosen for salvation.
God has fully accomplished salvation for His chosen people through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (His perfect Son). However, God then applies that salvation to His people in due time by bringing them to life spiritually and giving them the gift of faith. We must be born again before we can believe, since we are by nature an enemy of God.
Once God's chosen people are brought to life spiritually, they believe or have faith in the good news of Jesus Christ and are justified (declared perfect) by God. God's chosen people are justified by grace alone through faith alone and not by keeping God's law (works).
God preserves the faith of His elect until the end.
God commands all men to repent of their sins and believe the gospel (good news).
When a person repents of their sin and believes in the gospel, they need to join a church to grow as a new believer in Christ.