by Jonathan McLeod

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What Is the Gospel? (1 of 8)
Series: The Gospel Centered Life
Jonathan McLeod

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—-unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accor-dance with the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4).


Usually the media focuses on bad news. But sometimes there is news so good that it can’'t be ignored. I’'ll give you a date in history and you tell me what was on the covers of newspapers on the following day.

• May 7, 1945? Germany surrenders in WWII!
• July 20, 1969? First man on the moon!
• November 9, 1989? The Berlin wall falls!
• February 28, 2010? The Canadian men’'s hockey team wins the 2010 Olympic gold medal!

The Greek word for “"gospel”" (euangelion) means “"good news.”" The gospel of Jesus Christ is the best good news.


The gospel is “"of first importance”" (v. 3). The most important truth we need to understand is the gospel. The basic facts of the gospel are (1) “"that Christ died for our sins,”" (2) “"that he was buried,”" and (3) “"that he was raised on the third day.”" The gospel is the good news about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The gospel could be summed up with three words: problem, solution, and response.

1. The problem was SIN.

Christ died “"for our sins”" (v. 3). Because God is a holy God, he hates our sin. Because he is a just God, he must punish sin. Unless we understand the problem of our sin, we will not be able to appreciate the gospel. (Unless you know how bad WWII was, you don’'t really appreciate how good the news was that it had ended.)

2. The solution was CHRIST.
We needed to be rescued (“"saved,”" v. 2). Christ our S ...

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