An Overview of the Gospel
IntroductionIf you have already visited the Basics of Christianity page, then you will have sufficient background for this page. If you have not yet been there, you may want to read it after this page, in order to get the 'bigger picture' and how it all works.
ExplanationThe word 'Gospel' means 'Good News.' The good news is that Jesus Christ died for you. That was the quick and simple statement. A more thorough statement follows.
God has a plan for people. Since people are not perfect, in fact they are sinful, there is a barrier between people and God. Since God is perfect, He requires perfection from those with whom He communicates and interacts. Jesus Christ was the perfect man who allows imperfect man access to perfect God. Jesus was man and God in one (see the Introduction page for more information about Jesus.)
God had a plan for people before Mary gave birth to Jesus. That plan required the sacrifices of animals to "cover" the sins of the people and allow a relationship with God. Without the burnt offering, sins were not forgiven. That was an continuous process. The sacrifices were never done, as the people never stopped being sinful. Christ came to this earth to be the permanent sacrifice, to die once and for all for the sin of the people. People are still sinful, but the blood that Christ bled when He was crucified is our ticket to a relationship with God. You do not need to offer a sacrifice. You do not need to work to earn anything spiritual. You do need to accept God's gift of Christ, and begin experiencing God's love for you (which already exists.)
John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
Romans 3:23 - "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"
Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord"
Romans 5:8 - "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"
Ephesians 2:8-9 - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast"
QuestionsThese are various ice-breaker or eye-opener questions to encourage thinking about the afterlife. There are many different possible responses, so the secondary questions cover only a portion of them.
StepsThe following steps are between you and God. Other people may be present, but do not become a Christian to please someone else, do it to please God.
Much of the time, it is at this point when a suggested prayer is given, for you to follow. To avoid "putting words in your mouth", it is left to you to compose your own prayer. Referring to the above steps of 'ABC' may help provide guidance as to the ingredients of the prayer. If you still do not know what to say, or if you want affirmation that your prayer was acceptable, contact someone you know who is a Christian or a pastor.
Steps to take after becoming a Christian :
More InformationThe Gospel is central to Christianity, so many topics relate to it. It is important to understand who Jesus Christ is, and it is important to know the basics of Christianity, to have a foundation. But overall, remember that the source of truth and the wisdom that should guide you comes not from these pages, but from the Bible.
A very good page to read is the Four Spiritual Laws page. The Gospel presentation is available there in many different languages, over 100 of them at last count. Another site which may be of interest is the Christian Answers site. Highly recommended is the Chick Publications site. Jack T. Chick has been producing tracts and pamphlets for quite some time, and it is quality stuff. His presentation of the Gospel is found at this link .