one thing we must get right, above all else as individuals and as the church, is the gospel . i challenge you to frequently ask yourself the question “what is the gospel?” and make yourself answer it fully, as best as you are able. this would also be helpful to do in a sunday school class or small group. definitions will vary in word choice , vocabulary, and length. but where they must not vary is in the foundational content.

from time to time i come across a particularly good “gospel definition” and i like to pass them on. here is one that demonstrates that the gospel is not confined to the events of easter weekend.

“The gospel is that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in His image to know and enjoy Him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from Him. In His great love, God became a man in Jesus Christ, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law Himself and taking on Himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust in Him. He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us has been exhausted. He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God.”

– Mark Dever, The Gospel & Personal Evangelism

we may vary in our exact phrasing and wording of the gospel, but we want to communicate the biblical truth of this pattern:

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praise god for the gospel that is to be made available to all men without exception- that we can walk up to anyone, friend or stranger and saywith complete sincerity, “if you will repent and believe in this gospel, you *will* be saved!”