You may have noticed we talk a lot about the "gospel." The gospel is the message that Jesus saves sinners through His life, death, and resurrection. There is good reason this message is called the "gospel," which means "good news" or "glad tidings." Listen to the way William Tyndale explained (500 years ago!) the meaning of this Bible word we translate "gospel":
Evangelion (that we call the gospel) is a Greek word; and signifies good, merry, glad and joyful tidings, that makes a man’s heart glad, and makes him sing, dance, and leap for joy... Christ before His death commanded and appointed that such Evangelion, gospel, or tidings should be declared throughout all the world, and thereby to give to all that repent, and believe, all His goods: that is to say, His life, by which he swallowed up and devoured death; His righteousness, by which He banished sin; His salvation, by which He overcame eternal damnation. Now the wretched man (that knows himself to be wrapped in sin, and in danger of death and hell) can hear no more joyous a thing, than such glad and comforting tidings of Christ... he cannot help but be glad, and laugh from the low bottom of his heart, if he believe that the tidings are true. (William Tyndale, A Pathway Into The Holy Scripture (1525), language updated)
This good news is the happy boast of our church family because we know that this greatest news imaginable is the true story of the world. This gospel can be good news for you too! But you need know: this news is only "good" for those who respond to it by following Jesus, turning from their sin and trusting in His work. Jesus offers this salvation He accomplished as a free gift to all who repent and believe.
We'd like to encourage you to read and click through a presentation of the gospel called "Two Ways to Live." It explains in a simple way how the good news about Jesus fits into the story of the history of the world and also the story of your life. It briefly answers important questions like: Who is God? What is the purpose of humanity, and all creation? What went wrong? Will it ever be made right? Where is the world headed? What is my standing before God? Where will I be for eternity? Is there any hope for me to be forgiven and saved from the judgment I deserve? Just click the image below: