What is the Gospel?
The gospel is the life-changing message that Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God died on the cross to pay the penalty our sins deserved, was buried and rose on the third day for our justification (I Corinthians 15.3-4; Romans 4.25).
What does it mean to believe
(have faith in) the gospel?
“…to believe the gospel is not only to accept the awesome truths that 1) God is holy, 2) we are hopeless sinners, 3) Christ died and rose again for sinners, and 4) this great salvation is enjoyed by faith in Christ—but believing the gospel is also to treasure Jesus Christ as your unsearchable riches. What makes the gospel Gospel is that it brings a person into the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of Jesus Christ …” —John Piper, The Gospel in Six Minutes
“Faith is essentially the casting and resting of oneself and one’s confidence on the promises and mercy which Christ has given to sinners, and on the Christ who gave those promises … repentance is a change of mind and heart, a new life of denying self and serving the Savior as king in self’s place.” — J.I. Packer, Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God