The Good News
Use of the Word “Gospel” The English word “gospel” comes from Anglo-Saxon Godspell, meaning “good tidings” or “good news.”
The gospel is the good news about what God has done to save sinners through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ
1. The importance of the gospel (v.1-2).
2. Fact 1: Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture (v.3).
3. Fact 2: Christ was buried and arose according to the Scripture (v.4).
4. Fact 3: there were eyewitnesses (v.5-7).
5. Fact 4: there was one strong eyewitness, Paul himself (v.8-10).
6. Fact 5: there is only one gospel that is preached and has to be believed (v.11).
Putting it all together, we could summarize the gospel in four words: God, Man, Christ, Response.
God. God is the creator of all things. He is perfectly holy, worthy of all worship, and will punish sin.
Man. All people, though created good, have become sinful by nature. From birth, all people are alienated from God, hostile to God, and subject to the wrath of God.
Christ. Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to bear God’s wrath in the place of all who would believe in him, and rose from the grave in order to give his people eternal life.
Response. God calls everyone everywhere to turn from their sins and trust in Christ in order to be saved.