The gospel is a word often used in churches and Christian ministries today. Many are left wondering âwhat is the gospel?â In a phrase, the gospel is the âgood newsâ of Jesus Christ. We believe there are five basic components to the gospel:
- Sinâ the Bible tells us that sin entered the world through one man, Adam. Because of Adam, sin spread to all men. (Rom. 5:12-13; Rom. 3:23)
- Deathâ because God is perfect and sinless; He cannot tolerate sin. As a result, there is a costly penalty for sin: death. (Rom. 6:23; Matt. 5:48)
- Graceâ In His great mercy, God reached down to us and called us out of our sin. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the death penalty for our sin. (Rom. 5:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:3; Eph. 2:8,9)
- Choiceâ God provided the way to deal with manâs sin, but He allows each man to choose for himself whether to accept His provision. By accepting Godâs provision, a person chooses to turn from sin and to live as God intended. (John 14:6; 1 John 1:7-9)
- Lifeâ For those who choose to live in Jesus, God promises two kinds of life: spiritual and eternal. God gave the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower Christ-followers to turn from sin and to live as He intended on this earth. After this life, He promises life in His presence forever. (John 3:16-17; 5:24; 14:15-17; 16:13; 20:31)
Where are you?
As you can see, the Gospel warrants a response. So ask yourself the question âwhere am I?â You may have a lot of unanswered questions about God, the church, Jesus, and a million other things. You may be ready to make a very important decision. You may need to reconsider a decision you made a long time ago. No matter where you are in your faith journey, Emmanuel United Methodist Church is here for you.
Make a decision.
If you are ready to make the choice to become a Christ-follower and to live in obedience to God, here are a few things to consider:
- AdmitÂ that you have sinned and that you need Godâs forgiveness.
- Confess Jesus Christ as your only Lord and Savior.
- BelieveÂ that God sent Jesus to die and raised Him from the dead to pay for your sins.
If you made a decision,let us know so we can rejoice with you and encourage you. Send a prayer requestÂ with your name, email, and the decision you made.
Ask your questions.
If you want to have a safe place to ask your questions and to understand what Christianity really is all about:
- Email your questions to Pastor Steven Walker.
- Call the church office to set up a meeting with someone: (317) 773-4406.
- Attend a service at Emmanuel: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.