IN THE BEGINNING
We had a perfect relationship with God
WHEN SIN ENTERED
We were separated from Him
Only by His death and resurrection
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The word gospel simply means “good news.” So, what is the good news?
The central message of the Bible is that our sin separates us from God, but there is still hope because of God’s great love for us. The gospel is the “good news” of our salvation from sin and the ushering in of the kingdom of God through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
In 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, Paul provides a succinct summary of the gospel: a baby named Jesus was born to us as God in the flesh, lived a perfect life and then willingly submitted to death on a cross in our place, giving his perfect life to pay the penalty for our sins. Three days later, He rose to conquer sin and death forever and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life.
The key response to this good news is simple: it is belief. Most people think we either earn or disqualify ourselves from God’s approval based upon what we have or haven’t done with our lives. But that’s not the gospel! The gospel says that God Himself declares you righteous not on the basis of anything you have or haven’t done in your life, but instead on the basis of what Jesus has done for you! In response, God asks only that you believe.
Our entire church is built on this foundation of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ in whom we believe and place our faith. We proclaim and seek to live out gospel-centered lives, together learning and sharing what it means to embrace the reality that Jesus is both our Lord and our Savior and that we are his messengers to the world.
We invite you to join us in believing this gospel with your whole heart and placing your faith in Jesus Christ. Wherever you are in your personal journey of belief, you are welcome to join us at The Bridge. You can join us at our services, you can attend our small groups, you can come to any of our events, or you can serve with us on mission trips or within the church.
If you’d like to talk about the gospel in person, please contact any of our pastors to set up a time to visit. The opportunity to visit with you about the gospel is the main reason all of us do what we do!