The Gospel Message
ABWE’s vision is to fulfill the Great Commission by multiplying leaders, churches, and missions’ movements among every people. The gospel is the foundation of this vision.
What is the Gospel?
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, light and darkness, water and sky, birds and animals, and it was good. On the sixth day, he created two people, Adam and Eve, and he declared that his creation was very good. God told them that they could eat from any tree in the garden, except the Tree of Good and Evil. Faced with temptation, and spurred on by the serpent, Adam and Eve ate of this tree and opened the world up to sin, fear, shame, and guilt.
Adam and Eve’s sin caused every human to be born inherently sinful with no hope of living a perfect life. Because of his just, holy nature, God must punish sin, and the punishment is death.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
But, God didn’t forget about his people. In his mercy and love, he planned a way to rescue us. He sent his son, Jesus – who is fully God and fully man – to live a perfect life on earth, to die on the cross, and to rise again in three days. Jesus’ resurrection ushered in a new era of hope in death and victory over sin.
God is love. By this the love of God is manifested in us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the wrath absorbing sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:8-10)
How to Respond to the Gospel
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, those who put their trust in God are made new and live with the peace and assurance of eternal life.
In response to the gospel, we’re called to turn away from sin and put our faith in Christ.
Turning to God goes against our human nature, but there’s freedom found in submitting to him. Pray to him. Confess your sin and ask him to save you. Nothing else is required for your salvation. We’re entirely dependent upon Jesus’ death and resurrection for our salvation.
God’s work saves even the worst of men and gives hope to the nations, and it’s the foundation of ABWE and our mission to reach the unreached.
The Next Steps
Once you have received Christ as your Savior, you can grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus through Bible reading, prayer, and worshiping with others. We also encourage you to develop a love for your fellow believers through an active participation in their lives and mutual service for the Lord by participating in a Bible-believing church.
As Christians, we are also called to share the good news of the gospel with others. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:18b-20). Consider ways that you can proclaim the gospel to others. If you would like to learn more about how God can use you in this Great Commission, we’d love to help! Click the button to below to learn more.