What is the good news about Jesus?
Gospel is a word that gets used around churches a lot but what does it mean? It's very simple; gospel means good news. The Bible tells us the good news about Jesus. This understanding is what we mean when we talk about the gospel.
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
(1 Corinthians 15:1–6 ESV)
These verses communicate the message of the gospel.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
(Romans 10:9–10 ESV)
Believing in your heart this message of good news and confessing with your mouth (telling God and others you believe) is all you need to do. There is no one way to do this. However, we use this simple prayer to help people communicate their belief.
Lord, I know I am a sinner and I’m sorry.
I believe you, Jesus, died for my sins and rose from the dead.
Today I’m deciding to trust in you to save me from my sins.
Thank you for saving me!