What is the Gospel?

The most important thing you need to understand is that Jesus Christ has died and been raised for the forgiveness of your sins because of the greatness of the love of God.  Does that make any sense to you at all?  You may be thinking, "Hold on, you're labeling me a sinner and I don't agree that I am one."  Have you realized your need for salvation in Jesus Christ?  Have you turned from your sin and trusted in Him alone?

The Bible says that “It is appointed for man to die once, & after that comes judgment.”(Hebrews 9:27)

We have all sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23).  How do we know that we are sinners?  Well, God's law reveals our sin to show us. (Romans 7:7).  With that in mind we would like to take you through His law to see how you will do on Judgment Day when you appear before Him.

Have you ever told a lie? The Ninth of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not lie." Telling just one lie, according to God's standards, makes you a "liar."

[8] But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
(Revelation 21:8 ESV)

Have you ever stolen anything, value not withstanding?  The Eighth of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not steal." Stealing just one thing (regardless of it's size or monetary value), according to God's standards, makes you a "thief." In 1 Corinthians 6:10, God says, "No thieves... ...shall inherit the kingdom of God."

 Have you ever hated someone? Jesus calls hatred murder (Matthew 5:22).  You see, God judges the heart as well as the action so He knows you more deeply than you even know yourself.

[21] “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ [22] But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
(Matthew 5:21-22 ESV)

No thief and no murderer will inherit eternal life.  To steal or to murder is to break the commandment of loving our neighbor as ourself.

[9] For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Romans 13:9 ESV)

Every used God’s Name carelessly (i.e: Oh My G--)? The Third of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain." If you've every used the name "God," "Jesus," or "Christ" as a curse word, what you've done is take the name of the God who gave you life, and you've used it as if it were a "four-letter" filth word to express disgust. That offense is called "blasphemy," and according to God's standards, you are a "blasphemer." In Leviticus 24:16 , God says, "he that blasphemes the name of the LORD, shall surely be put to death..."

[7] “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
(Exodus 20:7 ESV)

When you stand before Him, will you be innocent or guilty?  If you’re guilty, then God must punish you, His justice demands it.  Should God send you to Heaven or Hell?

But God does not desire that you perish, He loves you. In fact, He loves you so much that 2,000 years ago, He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to earth. (John 1:1; John 3:16) Jesus, being fully God & fully man, lived a perfect life, fulfilled the Law & then willingly became the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world. He died on a cross to pay for your sin (1 John 2:2).

Then, after 3 days, He rose from the dead, defeating sin & death once for all. God “commands all people everywhere to repent” because “He has set a day when He will judge the world” (Acts 17:30-31).

If you will turn from your sin (repent) & trust in Jesus, God will forgive you all your sin & grant you eternal life (Mark 1:15; John 3:36).  God has promised that He will not turn away the one who turns to Him in repentance and faith, in fact He will forgive you, give you a new heart, and make you His child!

Do you realize your need for forgiveness of your sin?  Cry out to God right now, if you're not sure what to pray, read Psalm 51, and make it a model for your prayer. The words are not "magical," what God cares about is the attitude of your heart. When you pray, it should sound something like this, "Dear God, I repent of all my sins, such as (name them). I put my trust in Jesus Christ as Lord (to say Jesus is your Lord means you are now submitting to Jesus as the master over your life) and Savior. Forgive me and grant me your gift of everlasting life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."

Listen, we are not trying to run you through some formulated pitch.  We are genuinely concerned for your eternal salvation... we are concerned for your soul.  Please do not take this lightly.  If you are not sure that you are saved or you know you aren't and have more questions, please please feel free to contact us.  Our phone number is 972.298.0528 or you can reach our Pastor, Pastor Jason, at faithbcpastor@att.net.

[1] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. [2] Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! [3] For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. [4] Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. [5] Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. [6] Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. [7] Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. [8] Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. [9] Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. [10] Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. [11] Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. [12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. [13] Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. [14] Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. [15] O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. [16] For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. [17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. [18] Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; [19] then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar. (Psalm 51 ESV) 

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