The Gospel or Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ
“Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 *see footnote
“You must be born again!” John 3:7
What do we mean by “The Gospel”?
Very simply – the Gospel (good news) is that God so loved the human race that He gave His only-begotten Son to be born as the man Jesus Christ. The God-man lived a perfect life without sin and died on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of those who would believe on him. (Read John 3:16 )
He triumphantly rose again from the dead and returned to heaven. There He remains with the Father until He shall come again to this earth in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.
To believe on Christ means to put your trust in who He is and what He has done for you as your Saviour and your Redeemer and Lord.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! ( Acts 16:31 )
In order to have this “saving faith” one must be “born again” by the power of the Holy Spirit. The next question is, “How can a man be born again?” ( Read John’s Gospel Chapter 3 )
Only by the Grace of God
God commands ALL men everywhere to repent. That is, to turn from all sin – all that we know to be displeasing to God, and to turn to Him for grace to forgive us and overcome sin in our lives.
Repentance and faith go together and are the gift of God. We cannot MERIT salvation – that is to say, no one is good enough to earn their salvation. Salvation is all of grace.
GRACE is defined as “God’s unmerited or undeserved favour” . Read (in the Bible) Ephesians 2: verses 8 and 9. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of (good) works, lest anyone should boast.”
“Saving” faith is believing in the finished (completed) work of Christ in His life, sufferings and death on the cross, as one’s substitute – paying the penalty for one’s sins – and in His resurrection (rising again) from the dead. This is the God-given faith by which one is saved.
*References – e.g. John 3:16 are quotations from the Bible. The book’s name – e.g. John’s Gospel – then the chapter – Chapt. 3 – then the verse in the chapter – Verse 3.
The Great Commission
Jesus, commanded His disciples to GO into ALL the world and preach
the Gospel – i.e. proclaim the good news of salvation for sinners
through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. We trust we may be
used of God to share in fulfilling this Commission here in the
Weymouth and West Dorset area.
If you are in doubt as to where you stand personally with God, or if
you would like more information or help – do please get in touch with us
– See the contact page.