A FEW REASONS WHY WE BELIEVE JESUS IS SO AMAZING:
He is the Creator and the Sustainer of everything that exists, including you and me (John. 1:2).
Because humanity rebelled against God, we desperately needed a Savior. Jesus left His throne in heaven and took on flesh to seek and save the lost (John 1:14, Luke 19:10).
While you and I were still sinners deserving God’s judgment, Jesus went to the cross and died the death that we deserved so that He might offer us the eternal life that only He deserved (Romans 5:6-8, John 3:16).
In the history of the world, no one has ever loved us the way that He has loved us.
His love is undeserved: Jesus knows everything about you and still he loves you. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).
His love is eternal: He says, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).
His love is unbreakable: Nothing in all the universe can separate you from his love (Rom. 8:38-39).
His love is costly: Greater love has no one than this, than a man would lay down his life for his friends (Jn. 15:13).
His love is uniquely for you: He calls his sheep by name, and they know His voice (Jn. 10:27).
He is the only one in all the universe who is able to satisfy the deep longings of our heart (John 6:35).
He not only died the death that we deserved, but also rose again from the dead and now lives to make intercession for His people (Romans 8:34).
He has conquered sin, death, and Satan and offers eternal life to anyone who will believe in Him (John. 3:16).
This is His church, and He has promised to build it. Nothing will prevent Him from keeping that promise (Matthew 16:18).
He is coming back and will one day judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31).
The story ends with every knee bowing down and every tongue confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).
If we tried to say all there is to say about Jesus, the world itself could not contain the books necessary to be written (John. 21:25).
JESUS IS THE GOOD NEWS
The Gospel is the good news that God sent his only Son Jesus to sacrificially give His life on the cross so that he might save a people for himself and adopt us into his family. In order to do this Jesus came and lived the life of love that you and I have failed to live and then he died the death that you and I deserve for our selfish rebellion against God.
Through His perfect life and sacrificial death Jesus has truly paid our debt to God and is able to offer us the forgiveness of all our sins and adoption into his family.
On the third day God demonstrated that he accepted Jesus’ sacrifice by raising him again from the dead. Now our great enemy death has been conquered and God is in the process of making his invisible kingdom visible through the church.
BENEFITS OF THE GOSPEL
Because of what Jesus did for us through his death and resurrection, He now offers us:
The Forgiveness of Sins
Adoption into his eternal family so that now we can call God our Father
Fellowship with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
A peace that surpasses understanding
His presence within us through his Holy Spirit
Freedom from the power of sin
Every Spiritual blessing in the heavenly places
Ultimately because of what Jesus did for us on the cross all of God’s promises to his people found in the Bible have begun to be fulfilled and will one day completely be fulfilled at the 2nd coming of Jesus.
THE CALL OF THE GOSPEL
The call of the Gospel is that we would stop trying to justify ourselves – and instead put our trust in Jesus’ finished work for us on the cross.
The Gospel is offered by grace and received through faith. There is nothing that we can ever do to earn God’s favor; but by faith, we can receive it as a free gift which He offers us because of His amazing love.
The ultimate call of the Gospel is to despair of ourselves and look to Jesus and his finished work on the cross as our only hope.
OUR RESPONSE TO THE GOSPEL
Our response to the Gospel is love.
Love for God because of the way that he has first loved us and given his only Son on the cross in our place. The Bible says those who are forgiven much respond by loving much.
Love for one another because God has made us a family by adopting us as his children.
And love for the lost because we remember how it is that we were lost but God loved us anyway and sent his only Son to save us.
OUR LIFE IN THE GOSPEL
We believe that as long as we are on this earth, we will never outgrow our need for the Gospel. Ultimately, every sin we commit happens because we have lost sight of some aspect of the Gospel.
We sin when we let anything other than God take first place in our lives – even if it’s only for a moment. Sin is letting something other than Jesus sit at the center of our lives and control us. We sin because we decide that something in this world is more worthy of our trust than Jesus is.
So the only way to fight sin is to see that Jesus is better than whatever else we are trusting in. The entire book of Hebrews is trying to help the church battle sin by showing them that Jesus is better than anything else they are tempted to turn to.
Now what does that have to do with the Gospel? Nowhere do we see Jesus’ worth more clearly than in his death and resurrection.
In His death on the cross, we see His love and realize that we can trust Him to keep all of His promises to us.
In His resurrection from the dead, we see that he is powerful enough to keep all of His promises to us.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE OF REPENTANCE & FAITH IN THE GOSPEL
The life of the believer is meant to be an upward spiral of repentance and faith. This means that the more we come to know about God, the more we become aware of our own sinfulness.
As we become more aware of our sinfulness, we run to the cross where we find that God loves us and is able to forgive us of all our sins.
As we are forgiven, we respond by loving him and longing to keep his commandments.
As we love him and get closer to him, we become more aware of how far we still have to go.
Again, we must run to the cross and repent. Again, He is there to shower us with His love and forgive us once again.
This frees us to be a confessing people. We don’t have to hide our sin anymore. We don’t have to pretend or perform anymore. Instead, we can confess our sins and experience God’s mercy and receive His forgiveness and respond by loving Him more than ever before.
When we do this, we find that God uses our forgiven sin as the fuel that ignites the flames of our love for Him.