We will be resuming public, corporate worship at Real Life Church this Sunday, May 10 for all who are comfortable and want to join us.  Please watch this VIDEO outlining steps we are taking for your safety and guidelines we ask you to follow if you join us on site. We will also continue to live stream our worship service weekly on the RLC Facebook Page.

What is the Gospel

 

The gospel is the Christian message of salvation.  Gospel itself means good news - and it is the good news of what God has done through Jesus Christ to rescue us from sin and reconcile us back to himself.  This requires just a little unpacking, so below is five steps that lead to an understanding of the gospel.  It goes like this: God, Man, Jesus, Response, and Cost

GOD  
God is the good, wise and loving Creator of all things.  He made everything good and for a good purpose.  Ultimately everything was created for him which means that everything was created to reflect his goodness and purposes.  God is full of amazing love (John 3:16).  He is also holy and just and because of this he punishes all evil and removes it from his presence (Romans 1:18).

MAN  
Human beings are God's highest creation as we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and made to find our purpose in fellowship with him.  But we sinned and in rebellion turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6), preferring other things to him (Romans 1:23).  The result of our sin is alienation from God (Isaiah 59:2) and the penalty of our sin is death (Romans 6:23).

JESUS CHRIST  
Jesus Christ is eternally God, but became a human being to reconcile us back to God.  Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to God (1 Peter 2:22, Philippians 2:8).  He died as a substitute, taking our place on the cross, bearing the death penalty that we deserved (Romans 5:8).  Jesus then rose again on the third day and is still alive today (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) in order to give us a brand new life both now and forever (2 Corinthians 5:17, John 10:10).

RESPONSE
Since the gospel is the good news about what Jesus Christ has already done, you can't do anything to make it happen - it is news of what has already happened.  However, the gospel does require a response.  The bible says our response must be to repent, believe, and receive.  First, we must repent which means doing a U-turn in regards to sin or to turn away from sin (Matthew 4:17).  Then we must believe that Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sin (1 Corinthians 15:3), to restore relationship with God, and that he rose again from the dead (Romans 10:9).  Finally, we must receive Jesus Christ personally as Savior and Lord intending to obey him (Revelation 3:20).

COST
The gospel is a free gift and the only thing we can do is receive it as a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9).  It does, however, come at a high cost to God - it cost him the life of Son Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).  So we are called to a life of discipleship which means following Christ in obedience (Matthew 28:19-20).

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