The gospel is…?
The gospel isn’t about religion and what we must do for God. It’s about what God does for us and our relationship with him.
The bible teaches that God is Spirit and has always existed in love. From his wisdom and creativity he created everything, the heavens and the earth, plants and animals, nature, and God blessed it all to be good. Finally he made humanity but in a very special way, we were created in God’s image to reflect his character, creativity, and love. God gave us intelligence, emotions, and a soul to live with him and enjoy his presence forever.
God gave Adam and Eve, the first man and first woman, a great blessing and command to increase in population, create society, and reign over all the earth. But desiring to be their own gods they disobeyed, this caused shame between them and fear towards God. The Bible calls this sin, it makes our souls unclean and keeps us separated from the loving relationship God intends to have with us. Eternal life was removed from Adam and Eve causing death to spread to all humanity and creation and the world fell into chaos, but God promised he would fix what they made wrong. From then on throughout history God worked through various people to prepare for what he would do to remove sin and restore humanity to eternal life and relationship with him.
When the time was right God entered into history as the man Jesus Christ. He was born of a virgin girl whom the Spirit of God miraculously caused to be pregnant. Jesus is God in human form. He lived a life of no shame, sin, cowardice, nor regrets. He said he was God, taught and preached, did miracles and healed the sick, delivered people from evil spirits, and did many other good works.
Jesus Christ’s mission was to fix the broken relationship between God and humanity. In order to do that he let himself be executed on a cross for sins he did not commit. God used this horrible event for the greatest good. Jesus had no sin and through his death absorbed the sins of the world, our individual sins and sins done against us, and three days later he resurrected from death and went back into heaven where he is alive and well today.
The word gospel means good news and this really is good news! Our sin that we inherited from our common ancestor Adam and Eve separates us from the God who passionately loves us. We can’t live the lives we were intended to live but Jesus lived a perfect life with no sin and his death reversed the effects of what Adam and Eve did. He takes our sins and failures, forgives us completely, causes our souls to be reborn into new life and relationship with God, and saves us from his judgment and separation from his presence. This is a gift of love God gives to us freely, we don’t do religious works to earn it. All you have to do is believe in Jesus, that’s what makes you a Christian, and God’s Spirit will empower you to live life the way you were intended to live with love, joy, peace, hope, passion, and perseverance.
If you believe in Jesus you may still have trials in life, but you can also have joy and hope that God will be with you and use horrible situations for good. God will use it to shape you into the person you are destined to be. You have eternal life, relationship with God, and it starts the day you believe in Jesus and continues after death into eternity.
THE GOSPEL TRANSFORMS LIVES
At our wedding reception Kaori did a gospel hula dance performance. It was wonderful and she felt great to worship God doing something she loved to do.
God created us for a purpose and we have the joy of worshiping him with the gifts and talents he gave us. The gospel isn’t just information or philosophy, it’s something you live and experience daily. It’s more like a marriage relationship than about religion. A husband and wife relationship is intended to grow, change, and get better over time. The same is true of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
To learn more about how our lives have been transformed by the gospel since believing in Jesus please read our stories.
We want to live gospel centered lives in relationship with God and with each other. At our wedding ceremony before sharing our marital vows we even included this statement of commitment to faith.
Kermit and Kaori before you make your individual marital vows; I would like to encourage you to re-afﬁrm some of your commitments to your relationship with God. For only as you rest in God’s love for you, in his ongoing forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and depend upon Him for strength each day can you experience the fullness of blessing and the utmost joy that God desires to give you in your marriage.
Kermit and Kaori in front of your family and friends here, do you commit yourself with God’s help:
To love God ﬁrst, knowing that he loves you and that love comes from Him;
To confess your sins to God when they occur and to thank God for his forgiveness that he gives you as believers in Jesus Christ;
To continue to seek to know God and to do his will, beneﬁting from regular times of prayer and the study of scripture;
To develop relationships with other people; and to use the talents and gifts that God has given you to help and encourage others both in the church and in the world?
To this we replied “with God’s help, we do.”