The gospel is a word often used in churches and Christian ministries today. Many are left wondering “what is the gospel?” In a phrase, the gospel is the “good news” of Jesus Christ. We believe there are five basic components to the gospel:
- Sin– 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)
- Death– 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)
- Grace– 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)
- Choice– God provided the way to deal with man’s sin, but He allows each man to choose for himself whether to accept His provision. By accepting God’s provision, a person chooses to turn from sin and to live as God intended. (John 14:6; 1 John 1:7-9)
- Life– 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 “where am I?” 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:
- Admit that you have sinned and that you need God’s forgiveness.
- Confess Jesus Christ as your only Lord and Savior.
- Believe 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 request 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.