This short article is designed to simply announce the gospel: the good news about what Jesus has done in his life, death and resurrection. Specifically, this is here for those visitors to our church website that wanted to know a little bit more about how to get connected to Discovery Church. The first step in getting connected to the believers here is to believe this amazing news about Jesus. Here it is!
To help remember it, we like to explain it in four brief sections.
God – God is our Creator and is worthy of all our love, admiration and worship. He is good, awesome and holy in all his ways and is perfectly righteous and true. He has made me to find my highest and best joy in knowing Him and there is no other god.
My Sin – But we have failed to love, admire and worship God as he deserves. We have pursued our own pleasure in lesser, created things. We have been ungrateful and rebellious, seeking our own way and honoring our will and desires over His. For this ingratitude, rebellion, dishonor and foolishness we deserve a punishment that will never end. This is a punishment that I can never satisfy or pay because we have sinned against an infinitely worthy Creator. We could not save ourselves or do anything that would earn God’s love because we were enslaved to sin and helplessly controlled by its power.
Christ – But God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. By sending His own Son into the world to die on the cross for our sins, He has shown us unfathomable love. God loved us so much that he was willing to punish his own Son in the place of all who believe, and even more amazingly, Jesus was willing to suffer His Father’s wrath toward sin in our place. Jesus loved us so much that he was willing to lay down his life for us. On the third day after Jesus’ death, God raised him from the dead, thereby announcing that his death was completely sufficient to atone for every sin. God then exalted Christ to his own right hand, where Christ now reigns from on high, granting salvation and forgiveness to all who call on him by faith.
My Salvation – When someone calls on Christ in faith, God instantly grants salvation and forgiveness of all their sin – past, present and future! God makes them his own child and a permanent citizen of his kingdom. Through Christ you can be declared free from the punishment your sin deserves because He took all your punishment on the cross. He causes His Holy Spirit to change our hearts and empower us to live a life free from sin’s power. Because of Christ’s life and work on your behalf God always looks upon the believer and treats them with gracious favor, always working all things together for their ultimate and eternal good. The believer can still sin, but when they do, God feels no wrath in his heart against the believer. His heart is filled with nothing but love for them, and he longs for them to repent and confess their sins to Him, so that He might show them the gracious and forgiving love that has been in his heart all along. We don’t deserve any of this, even on our best day, but this is our salvation and we stand in this good news each day!