The Gospel is perhaps the most important and least understood message in America today. The Gospel is the central message in the Bible. Therefore it is the central message in the best-selling book of all time, and central to being a follower of Jesus (a Christian), but do we truly understand it? Many people believe that the Bible tells us to work hard and be moral people in order to be a good Christian. Other people believe that God loves us regardless of anything specific. Still others relate being Christian to a box one checks on a census form, or part of their “about” information on social media. Sometimes pollsters see it as important in determining which political party one belongs to. Other people believe that Christianity only belongs to one race or people from a certain region.
What is the Gospel?
According to the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus chapter 1, the Gospel begins not with our good works or choosing to become Christians, but rather God’s grace.
- Before God made the world He loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. (1:4)
- God decided to adopt us into His family through the work of Jesus. (1:5-8)
- He did this all, not because of our trying really hard, or being better than others around us, or voting correctly, or because we belong to a certain people group, but because of his kindness, wisdom, and grace. Read the whole chapter here -https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph+1&version=NLT
Do you know the grace of God? Has the costly sacrifice of Jesus filled your heart with gratitude? Have you responded with a prayer of, “I believe.” If so, perhaps we are beginning to understand the good news - the Gospel. When we believe, trusting in the work of Jesus, our life begins to change from the inside out.
Join us as we discover the Gospel together – for more information email Pastor Paul or listen to Soma Eastside messages here – (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-mgUGh3OmX5a1E_zAyTqQ)