The Gospel

The most important thing about us is the Gospel. But what, exactly, is the Gospel? First of all, “Gospel” is simply a word that means Good News. Much like a mailman is supposed to deliver the mail—rain or shine—or the local paper is to give us the headlines everyday, so the church has the privilege and responsibility of delivering news to everyone who will listen.

The Gospel begins with the fact that God created everything. This includes us. God created humanity. Furthermore, God is a kind and loving creator who intended us to live under his authority. We recognize already that the Gospel is a message much of the world doesn’t want to hear. That’s the problem! None of us are inclined to live under God’s authority. We would much rather live life the way we want to live it. It doesn’t matter where we are from, what we do, who our parents are, or how much money we have. Everybody rejects God’s authority. What is this rejection of God’s authority called? Sin.

The fact of the matter is we deserve to be punished for our rejection of God’s authority, for our sin. Jesus spoke of this punishment often when he referred to hell as a place of future and physical torment. At Springhill, we believe that one day every one will stand before God and be required to give an account for his life—every word, every thought, will be judged according to God’s perfect standards and—based on those standards—we will all be found guilty and deserving of hell. So where’s the Good News?!

Because of his love, God the Father sent his own son, the God-man, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus did what you and I could never do: he lived a perfect life. Not once did Jesus sin, in word or deed or thought. Then the unthinkable happened, the Romans and Christ’s own countrymen had him crucified! They hammered to a tree the one man in history who was without sin. But on that cross something miraculous happened. We believe that Jesus Christ died in our place, he took the punishment that we deserved. The Apostle Peter put it this way: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.”

If the Gospel ended here, there would be no Church, there would be no Christian faith. But the Gospel does not end here. After Christ died he was placed in a tomb. But three days later, according to multiple accounts, his body was gone, the tomb was empty. Jesus was raised from the dead. Emboldened by this Good News, Jesus’ followers committed their lives to preaching—around the world—that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead.

We are here, today, to make this Gospel known. As a local church we want to help one another submit to Christ to love him and worship him and obey him. We also want those who reject him today to turn from their sins and trust him tomorrow. There is nothing more important to us than the Gospel.