The Gospel in a Nutshell

Abundant Life Bible ChurchThe Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from Him. There is nothing we can do to restore that broken relationship. In fact, we deserve to be punished for our rebellion against God. But in His great love, God sent His Son, Jesus, to do what we could not do. Jesus lived a perfect life, died a horrific death on the cross, and rose from the grave. His death, burial, and resurrection--the gospel--paved the way for us to be reconciled to God. The cost for freedom from our sin, death, and God’s wrath was Jesus’ life. The gospel, then, is the good news about what Jesus has done to reconcile sinners to God.

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BEING A CHRISTIAN

Being a Christian is not just adopting a certain belief system, being spiritual, or identifying yourself with a specific denomination. It is more than just knowing the facts of the gospel. Being a Christian means that you believe and agree with what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. It also means that you accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus purchased through His death, burial, and resurrection.

WHO GOD IS

God is the creator of the world and He owns and has authority over everything in it.

  • John 1:3  “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
  • Psalm 103:19 “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.”
     

God is holy and cannot commit sin or approve of evil.

  • Isaiah 6:3 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
  • I Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth”
     

God is loving and merciful. He is also a just judge who will not allow sin to go unpunished.

  • Numbers 14:18 “The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…”
  • Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • Jeremiah 9:24 “…I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.””

DEPRAVITY OF MANKIND

Mankind is guilty of sin; there is not one person who does not sin. Because God is holy and just, He demands that the penalty for sin be death. Your sin separates you from this holy, loving, just God and you need a Savior.

  • Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  • John 1:8 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
  • Isaiah 59:2 “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”
  • Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

SALVATION

God’s justice requires that sin be punishable by death. Because of His great mercy and love, God made a way for His wrath over sin to be satisfied. God sent a Savior, His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, paying the death penalty for your sins.  

  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
     

God calls people to repent of their sins and trust in Jesus in order to be saved.

  • Mark 1:14-15 “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’”
  • Acts 20:21 “testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
     

The Bible teaches that no amount of good works or religious activity can gain acceptance with God or get anyone into Heaven. Every work you do falls short of God’s perfect righteousness.

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not of works, so that no one can boast.”
  • Titus 3:5-7 “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
     

Salvation is the free gift that God offers to all mankind. To be saved, you have to believe in the Gospel message and accept His free gift of salvation.

  • John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
  • Romans 10:9 “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  • Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  • 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?

Are you ready to accept God’s free gift of salvation so that you can have a personal relationship with him now, and then live with Him in Heaven for all eternity when you die? Let’s review what this commitment involves:

  • I admit that I am a sinner and that there is nothing I can do to save myself.
  • I believe in God and that He paid the full penalty for my sins by sending His only Son, Jesus, to die for me.
  • I confess Jesus as my God and surrender my life to Him.
  • I receive Jesus as my savior forever.

A SUGGESTED PRAYER

If it is your sincere desire to have Jesus save you, take some time to talk with Him right now.

“Dear Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that you died on the cross and rose again so that I could have eternal life. Jesus, I want you to come into my life and take control. Please forgive me of my sins and save me. I place my trust in you now and know that nothing can take away my salvation. Thank you for your free gift of salvation. In Jesus name, amen.”

If you have asked Jesus to save you, please let us know. We want to rejoice with you and show you how to experience the abundant life:  a victorious, contented, peaceful life that pleases Him.