Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:
Perhaps one of the most important words Christians need to be clear about is the the word “Gospel.”
What is the “Gospel?”
This English word translates the Greek New Testament word εὐαγγέλιον (euangélion, “evangel” or “good news”). Although we can generally refer to the entire Bible as Gospel or call Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, “the Gospels,” within the context of the New Testament, the word “Gospel” specifically refers to the good news message of God in Christ.
St. Paul most clearly defines the Gospel in this way:
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures… – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
I’ve highlighted the most important words in this text because this is the heart of the Gospel: Christ’s death and resurrection for you. This is the message Christians need to hear every Sunday as they gather for worship. This is the assurance of our salvation – what Christ has done for you. It is also the message that we bear witness to in the world, which is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).
Know this Gospel and as St. Paul writes in Galatians 1:9…
If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
Grace be with you,