At Trinity, we feel that faith is more than just a long list of beliefs. We want to emphasize the one truth that has radically changed our lives: the gospel itself.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For what I recieved I passed on to you as of first importance...” 1 Cor. 15.3 Though many things might be important, there is something that is “of first importance”, the gospel, which means "good news." Paul continues,
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, and that he appeared to Peter, then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living..."
So, what is the gospel? It's the good news of Jesus - who He is and what He has done. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah King promised in the Old Testament scriptures. He is the eternal Son of God who became human in order to fulfill all of God’s promises and save His people from their sin.
The reality is that all people are sinners. We've denied the obvious ultimate reality of who God is and have sold out to sad alternatives for identity, hope, truth, and meaning. We’re under both the destructive power of sin and the just penalty we deserve for our sin, the wrath of a Holy God. We need a Savior.
The good news is that Jesus is the perfect Savior who came to save sinners. He lived a perfect life in our place. He died on the cross as our substitute - the sinless one took our sin. He rose from the dead in victory showing that his sacrifice for sin was accepted.
And what's really amazing is that you can receive all the benefits of Christ's life and death simply by trusting in him. Jn 3:16
Give up on making yourself right with God by your own good works. They’re not good enough. Give up on following false gods (self, money, status, etc...) and repent - turn to Jesus Christ and rely completely on Him to make you right with God and give you all you need for life. Is 64:6 Eph 2:8
The good news is that Jesus - who He is and what He is has done - is enough. He is all we need for identity, hope, truth and meaning. He has bought our adoption into God’s family and secured our eternal joy.