According to J.I. Packer: “In a word, the evangelistic message is the gospel of Christ and Him crucified, the message of man’s sin and God’s grace, of human guilt and divine forgiveness, of new birth and new life through the gift of the Holy Spirit.” There are four key parts to understanding this message.
The gospel is a message about God. God is almighty, holy, and righteous. He is wholly good and he can do no wrong. God created people so that they may give him the worship that His character rightfully demands.
The gospel is a message about sin. We are His creation. He created us so that we may give Him worship. However, as it states in Romans 3:23, all have fallen short of God’s standard of holiness. As His creation, we have failed Him. Instead of glorifying Him, we glorified ourselves. God must punish sin, for it is evil.
The gospel is a message about Christ. In our fallen nature, there was nothing we could do nothing to save ourselves, but God made a way, through the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is fully man and fully God. He lived the perfect life that we should have lived, and died the death that we should have died, taking upon the righteous judgment and wrath of God upon himself.
The gospel is a call to faith and repentance. Upon resurrecting from the dead, he conquered sin and death, paving a way for you to be in fellowship with God again, should you place your faith in Christ and what he has accomplished.
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, the only inerrant, perfect rule of faith and deed.
2 Timothy 3:16, Matthew 5:18, Matthew 24:35, John 17:17.
There is only one God, and man shall worship only him alone; God is spirit, self-existent and omnipresent, distinguishing himself from all other gods and the created. God is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and love.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5, John 4:24, 1 John 1:5, James 1:17, Revelation 4:11, 1 John 4:8.
There are three Persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; he is the triune God, one in trinity, equal in power and glory.
Luke 1:35, Luke 3:22, Colossians 1:15 & 19, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1, John 14:26.
God created all things visible and invisible by the power of his Word, and preserves and governs them, but God in his nature causes no sin. He acts all things by his plan according to his own will and governs all things to fulfill his purpose which is good, wise and holy.
Genesis 1, Colossians 1:16, James 1:13, Ephesians 1:3-14.
God created man in his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness with dominion over every living thing. All men of the world are of sole source, that is, same native and brother.
Genesis 1:26-31, Genesis 3:20, Exodus 22:21, 1 Corinthians 15:45-49.
Mankind’s first parents, left with the ability to choose between good and evil, through the temptation of the serpent, transgressed the commandment of God. All mankind, descending from Adam by ordinary generation, sinned in him and fell with him in his transgression. Man, having the possibility to commit a crime (except the original sin and corrupted nature of mankind) has intentionally committed sin. Thus, mankind is justly liable to God's just displeasure and punishments in this world and that which is to come.
Genesis 3, Romans 5:12-14, Genesis 6:5, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 15:45-49.
God sent his eternal, only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to the world to save man from sin, the corruption and the punishment thereof, to give eternal life in his infinite love; in Jesus Christ, God became flesh and only through him can man be saved. The eternal Son became true man and possessed two distinct person hoods in his nature, eternally as true God and true man, in two distinct natures, and one person forever. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, of her substance, born of her, yet without sin.He obeyed perfectly the law of God, offered His body, became a true and perfect sacrifice and satisfied divine justice. For the purpose of reconciliation between God and man, He was crucified on the cross, died and was buried. On the third day, He rose again from the dead. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for his people. From thence he will come for the resurrection of the dead and to judge the world.
Colossians 1:15-20, John 3:16, John 1:14, Hebrews 1:1-3, Philippians 2:5-8, Matthew 1:18, 22, Luke 24, 1 Corinthians 1:3-6, Romans 8:34, 2 Timothy 4:1.
The Holy Spirit being out of God the Father and God the Son, works salvation in man, convicts man of his sin and misery, enlightens man's heart to know Christ, renews man's will, intercedes for him, exhorts him, empowers him to accept Jesus Christ who offers man theGospel freely in grace, and also works in us to bear the fruit of God's righteousness.
John 14:26, John 16:7-8, Romans 8:26-27, 1 John 3:24, 1 Peter 1:2, Galatians 4:6, Galatians 5:5, Galatians 5:22-25.
Before God created the world, he elected in his love his own people to make them holy and blameless. He predestined and adopted his children through Jesus Christ according to his pleasure and will, to the praise of his glorious grace bestowed freely in those He loves. However, the perfect salvation offered freely to all mankind is so ordered that they may repent of their sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, rest upon him and follow him, obey the revealed will of God, and be humble and conduct themselves in holiness, to the extent that whoever believes in Christ and is obedient to him will be saved. The particular benefits that are accompanied with justification, adoption as God's children, sanctification and glorification, are for believers who are assured with God's salvation and joy in this world. The particular means of the grace for the believer by the Holy Spirit are the Bible, baptism, communion, and prayer.
Ephesians 1:3-14, Romans 8:28-30, 1 Peter 1:15, Romans 5:1-5, Romans 6:12-14, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 6:10-20, Colossians 3:1-4.
Baptism of washing with water to be administered in the name of God the Father, theSon and the Holy Spirit, is the sign and seal of joining us in union with Christ, and the promise for our regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit and God's possession of us. Baptism will be administered to those who make confession of faith in Christ, and to their children.
Matthew 28:18-19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 2:37-38.
Holy Communion as partaking of the bread and the cup will be served in remembrance of Christ's death and in the witness of the seal for the benefit derived from Christ's death with which believers are in union. Holy Communion will be observed by God's people until the day of the Lord's coming, and is a sign of a promise of more faithful service to the Lord and a sign of communion with the Lord and his people, who believe in him, and rest upon his atonement from which God's benefit flows to us.
Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
*The benefits of baptism and communion are not found in the acts themselves or any virtue of him by whom they are being administered, but only in the blessing by Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit in those who receive them by faith.
1 Peter 3:21-22, 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.
All believers will dutifully join in church membership with instruction, have fellowship with one another, partake in baptism and communion, obey all the laws of the Lord, pray always, observe the Lord's Day as holy, assemble with believers to worship the Lord and listen attentively to the preaching of the Word of God, render offerings as God provides abundantly, share with one another the mind of Christ, share the same mind with all other people, endeavor to promote the expansion of the Kingdom of Christ upon the whole world, and wait expectantly for the appearance of the Lord in his glory.
Hebrews 10:24-25, Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Timothy 3:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 2 Timothy 4:1-2, Ephesians 4:1-6, Ephesians 5:18-21, 2 Corinthians 9:7.
The dead will receive the reward according to the good and evil done in this world before the judgment seat of Christ when they will be resurrected in the last day. Those who believe in Christ, and are obedient into him will be truly forgiven and accepted by him in glory.
Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 19:29, Matthew 25:31-46, 2 Timothy 4:8, Revelation 20:4, Revelation 20:13.