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First and Foremost

 

What is the Gospel?

 

The gospel (good news) is that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, meaning God’s anointed One), who died for our sins, was buried, and raised from the dead and lives today. All of this is in fulfillment of the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The gospel is of first importance because it is about the glorious person of Jesus Christ, the glorious work that He did to save sinners, and it is the only means by which people can be saved from their slavery to sin and from God's wrath (Romans 6:6; 5:9).

How Must I Respond to the Gospel? What Must I Do to be Saved?

The gospel necessitates that you repent of your sins (meaning you must turn from your unbelief in Jesus Christ and your life of disobedience to God), believe (fully trust) in who Jesus is (the Christ, God’s Son, Lord) and what He did in dying at the cross to pay the penalty for your sins and rising from the dead (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9). If you have truly repented of your sins and trusted in Jesus Christ, then you must follow Him in a life of loving obedience (Luke 9:23).

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