The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. There are three aspects to the one gospel. These three aspects are Kingdom, Cross, and Grace.
Kingdom – A Kingdom to Live
Kingdom is a call to live under the rule and the reign of God. We were created by God in the image of God to live as those under His gracious, loving, all providing rule and reign. We had perfect fellowship with God, with others, and with the world. All of this was lost and broken when man decided to reject the rule of God and seek self-rule and self-reign. We have all rejected life under God’s kingdom and instead chosen to build our own kingdoms. The gospel, the good news of Jesus, is an announcement and invitation. An announcement that Jesus is Lord and King over all things and an invitation as Jesus calls us into a life restored under His loving rule and reign. It is a call to the good life in His kingdom. “Jesus rules us in order to save us, and saves us in order to rule us.”
Cross – A truth to believe
The message of first importance over all of life is this: Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins, buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15). The message of the cross tells us of both the severity of our sin and the great love of God. At the cross of Calvary, Jesus Christ, the God-man, the promised Messiah, sinless and perfect, bore the wrath of God as He was punished for the sins of a rebellious people. Out of His great love, Jesus willingly gave up His life and was treated like an enemy so that we who are enemies could be treated like sons and daughters. The message of the cross is truth to believe. He died for our sins, He was buried, He rose and only Jesus has the power to save us from our sins. Jesus lived a perfect life in our place, died a sin-bearing death in our place, and rose again so that we too will rise to eternal life in Him. We are saved by grace through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Grace – A grace to experience
Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Grace by its nature is transformative, it changes us. God saves us by grace and invites us to daily experience His redeeming love and transforming grace. Grace reminds us that we did not first love God, but God first loved us. While we were lost in our sin, God chose to put His love and grace on us and make us alive in Jesus. The gospel is an invitation to experience God. It is the life of God in our souls. This leads us to a life of worship, awe, thanksgiving, community and mission as we seek to see the gospel of God’s grace transform ourselves, our city, and our world.