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Key Verse

  • For I am not ashamed of the gospel1, for it is the power of God for salvation2 to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 NASB
Other versions

  • I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation [from His wrath and punishment] to everyone who believes [in Christ as Savior], to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 AMP
In simple terms, the gospel is the good news

Essence of the Gospel

  • Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: 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 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NIV 1984
Other versions
  • Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV

  • Now brothers and sisters, let me remind you [once again] of the good news [of salvation] which I preached to you, which you welcomed and accepted and on which you stand [by faith]. 1 Corinthians 15:1 AMP

Why is the Gospel Good News?

1. That we do not need to be punished for our sins

  • As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our wrongdoings from us. Psalm 103:12 NASB
  • And each man will no longer teach his neighbor and his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me [through personal experience], from the least of them to the greatest,” says the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness, and I will no longer remember their sin.” Jeremiah 31:34 AMP

2. That we get deliverance from sin

  • She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for He will save3 His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 NASB

3. That we get eternal life & that too from now on

  • I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he who believes [in Me as Savior—whoever adheres to, trusts in, relies on, and has faith in Me—already] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it]. John 6:47 AMP
  • “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the person who hears My word [the one who heeds My message], and believes and trusts in Him who sent Me, has (possesses now) eternal life [that is, eternal life actually begins—the believer is transformed], and does not come into judgment and condemnation, but has passed [over] from death into life. John 5:24 AMP
  • Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment. Indeed, he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24 BSB
Once a person becomes Born Again, their eternal life has started; don’t have to wait for Heaven for it to start.

4. That the eternal life we get is abundant life

  • I came that they may have life4  and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. John 10:10 AMP

5. That we are promised entry into Heaven

  • Nevertheless do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” Luke 10:20 AMP
  • Indeed, I ask you too, my true companion, to help these women [to keep on cooperating], for they have shared my struggle in the [cause of the] gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. Philippians 4:3 AMP

6. That we become a child of GOD

  • But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name John 1:12 NASB

7. That we have an inheritance in Heaven

  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 NASB
  • And if [we are His] children, [then we are His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance], if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory. Romans 8:17 AMP

8. That we will reign with Christ forever

  • And there will no longer be night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign [as kings] forever and ever. Revelation 22:5 AMP
  • If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He will also deny us 2 Timothy 2:12 AMP

We need to repond to the Gospel

  • For after all it is only just for God to repay with distress those who distress you, and to give relief to you who are so distressed and to us as well when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in a flame of fire, dealing out [full and complete] vengeance to those who do not [seek to] know God and to those who ignore and refuse to obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus [by choosing not to respond to Him].  2 Thessalonians 1:6-8 AMP

Be active in sharing the gospel (Evangelism)

  • He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach5 the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15 AMP
  • I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6 NIV 1984
  • Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16 NIV
  • Rescue6  those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to the slaughter, Oh hold them back! Proverbs 24:11 NASB
Other versions

  • He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 NKJV
  • Rescue those being led away to death, and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know about this,” does not He who weighs hearts consider it? Does not the One who guards your life know? Will He not repay a man according to his deeds? Proverbs 24:11-12 BSB

Preach Full Gospel

  • Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 ESV
  • Then Philip began with this very Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road and came to some water, the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is there to prevent me from being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. Acts 8:35-36 BSB
  • after he brought them out [of the inner prison], he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” And they spoke the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their bloody wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his householdActs 16:30-33 AMP

The Full Gospel at its very minimum includes

  1. Repentance & asking GOD for forgiveness
  2. Believing in the Lord Jesus as personal Savior
  3. Baptism (Water)

The Lord Jesus never tried to sweet talk people into accepting the gospel. See Luke 14:36 & Matthew 19:21 Matthew 13:34 Accept the price and accept the full gospel.


  1. 2098 εὐαγγέλιον [EU)AGGE/LION] {euangélion} \yoo-ang-ghel'-ee-on\ from the same as 2097; a good message, i.e. the gospel:--gospel. 2097 εὐαγγελίζω [EU)AGGELI/ZW] {euangelízō} \yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo\ from 2095 and 32; to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).
  2. 4991 σωτηρία [SWTHRI/A] {sōtēría} \so-tay-ree'-ah\ feminine of a derivative of 4990 as (properly, abstract) noun; rescue or safety (physically or morally):--deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.
  3. 4982 σώζω [SW/ZW] {sṓzō} \sode'-zo\
    from a primary σῶς [SW=S] {sōs} (contraction for obsolete σάος [SA/OS] {sáos}, "safe"); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):--heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
  4. 4053 περισσός [PERISSO/S] {perissós} \per-is-sos’\ from 4012 (in the sense of beyond); superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); by implication, excessive; adverbially (with 1537) violently; neuter (as noun) preeminence:–exceeding abundantly above, more abundantly, advantage, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, vehement-ly,
  5. 2784 κηρύσσω [KHRU/SSW] {kērýssō} \kay-roos’-so\ of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel):–preacher(-er), proclaim, publish.
  6. Strongs: Deliver 5337 נצל [nâtsal] \naw-tsal’\
    A primitive root; to snatch {away} whether in a good or a bad sense: – X at {all} {defend} deliver ({self}) {escape} X without {fail} {part} {pluck} {preserve} {recover} {rescue} {rid} {save} {spoil} {strip} X {surely} take (out).