The Gospel (which literally means “good news”) proclaimed by Jesus and His closest followers (the Apostles) has also been known by one of the key Greek terms for “proclamation”: Kerygma. We believe that this gospel is—in one way—the entire story of the Bible. It is the full story of God’s plan for reconciling mankind to Himself. However, we also believe the good news of this kerygma can be summarized in a simple way:
This good news about a coming Savior was prophesied beforehand in the Scriptures as part of God’s unfolding plan to bless the families of the earth through a descendant of Israel’s King David. It was given in the form of a New Covenant, promising forgiveness of sins, and placing God’s Spirit within man.
This gospel was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the seed of David, the King of Kings, born of the Holy Spirit. He came in the flesh, lived a sinless life, died, was buried and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
This Jesus will come again to judge the earth and set up the kingdom of God for all time. After abolishing all rule and authority, He will reign forever and ever.
Those who hear this message and believe will receive forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life with God. They will be given the Spirit of God as a pledge of their inheritance, as they eagerly await the Savior who will return for them. (Acts 2:14-22; 3:11-26; 10:23-48; Acts 9:1-43; 26:1-32; Acts 17:16-34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
Basically, this good news is Jesus Christ! The Old Testament predicted His coming! The New Testament reports that He came, He died and rose again and will return! The incredible and eternal blessings God gives us through Jesus Christ (see Ephesians 1-3) are free and cannot be earned. But, they are supposed to be the beginning of a new way of life—a life which is also described in the teaching of Jesus’ Apostles.
So, if you have believed in Jesus Christ, you are called to live this new way of life (Ephesians 4-6). For more about this way of life, read A New Way of Life (The Didache).
For more about the good news, read Of First Importance.