The gospel is the singularly most important communication from God to man. In Jesus, who is God the Son, we have the revelation of God’s love and sacrifice that saves us from God’s righteous judgement upon all mankind.
The Bible tells us what the gospel is in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”
The Bible says that we are all in need of God’s forgiveness (Rom 3:23). We have all broken God’s law and fall short of God’s glory. Because of this, we are dead in our sins (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:3), cannot please God (Rom 3:10-11) and will suffer eternal damnation (2 Thess 1:9). The only way to escape this judgement is by turning in faith to Christ and trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross! (John 14:6; Acts 4:12: 1 Peter 2:24).
We are incapable of removing the guilt of our sinfulness through our own efforts. Galations 2:21 says, “…if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” In other words, we can’t become righteous by what we do or how well we follow rules.
Jesus, who is God in the flesh (1 John 1:1, 14; 8:58; Colossians 2:9), paid for our sins on the cross (1 Peter 2:24). He died in our place and paid the penalty of breaking the Law of God which should have fallen upon us! He satisfied the wrath of God the Father by dying on the cross. The GOOD NEWS is that though of ourselves we stand condemned – through Christ we are free!
Romans 6:22 tells us
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness and the result is eternal life.”
Come share in the freedom from sin that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Be part of Christ’s church and enjoy the fellowship and community at Bethel Canadian Reformed Church. If you are not a Christian, we invite you to come and learn from the one book that contains the absolute truth: the Bible.
If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
More details about the Canadian Reformed Church and our creeds and confessions can be found on the “What We Believe” page.