What Is the Gospel?
The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” It is the good news of God taking on flesh through the person Jesus Christ and rescuing mankind by His perfect life that we could never live, His substitutionary death that we deserved, and the resurrection that now gives us true life through His Spirit. While the gospel can be stated in a sentence, it is also the grand narrative that is told throughout the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The gospel is the glorious story of how God is reconciling the whole world back to Himself through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. It is personal, yet cosmic. It is simple, yet infinite.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another.
God's gospel is authoritatively revealed in the infallible Scriptures.
God's gospel is made known supremely in the Person of Jesus Christ and accomplished through the work of Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation and being made right with God.
The Holy Spirit
God's gospel is applied by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God's gospel is now embodied in the new community called the Church.
God's gospel compels us to Christ-like living and mission in the world.
God's gospel will be brought to fulfillment by the Lord Himself at the end of this age.
Response and Eternal Destiny
God's gospel requires a response that has eternal consequences.
For further explanation refer to Baptist Faith & Message 2000.