What is the Gospel? It’s God’s good news for all of mankind. At NorthWoods, we believe that the good news can be summarized with four words:
The Bible explains the God created everything – including us. He has the right to tell us how to live. Sin is the rejection of God’s authority over us. God is loving … And God is righteous. He will not ignore sin and leave the guilty unpunished.
Everyone has rejected God and is guilty of sin. Sin has corrupted every part of the human existence. Our entire being is under sin’s power. The penalty for sin is both physical and spiritual death. Separated from God, every person deserves eternal punishment for their sins.
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He came to die on the cross as a substitute for our sins. On the cross, Jesus died the horrible death that all of us deserve as punishment for our sins. At the cross, God’s wrath against a sinful mankind was satisfied. Jesus rose from the grave, showing that He has the power over life and death. Because of Jesus, sinners can be freed from their sins and reconciled with God.
In order to be saved, we must repent of our sins and place our trust in Jesus. When we repent and believe in Jesus, all of our sins are placed on Jesus, and the perfect life Jesus lived is credited to us. Nothing other than Jesus’s work on the cross can save us from our sins. After we are saved, Jesus tells us to go and tell others about the good news.
And that’s the good news!
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a follower of Jesus, please contact Pastor Darin.