At Restoration Church, we believe the gospel changes everything! We want to keep the good news of Jesus Christ at the center of everything we do. With this said, we would like to share a thought.
This is taken from the book God is the Gospel by John Piper:
“TO BE A CHRISTIAN IS TO embrace the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. This good news is the heart of Christianity. But what do we mean by “the gospel”? And why is the gospel “good news”? Too few Christians stop to reflect on these crucial questions.
Those who do seek to answer these questions might say something like this: “Being saved from hell makes the gospel good news. Freedom from a guilty conscience makes the gospel good news. Forgiveness of sins, justification, and eternal life make the gospel good news.” And all of these are indeed good gifts of the gospel. Without forgiveness we would be forced to bear our own sins. Without justification we would be forced to provide our own righteousness. Without eternal life we would suffer eternal death. But these blessings simply raise the question again: Why are these gospel blessings “good”?
Thankfully, we do not have to speculate on the ultimate good of the gospel. The Bible is clear: the gospel is good news because it brings us to God (1 Peter 3:18). Or, to say it another way, God is the gospel.
If the gospel does not lead us to God as our all-sufficient and everlasting treasure, then, whatever else the gospel may be, it is not good news. Sadly, many people have believed in a truncated version of the gospel that leads them to enjoy God’s gifts without being satisfied in the Giver. And if we have embraced the gospel for its many gifts without delighting in God himself in and above all of these gifts, have we genuinely embraced the gospel?”
Our prayer is that the gospel will lead us to treasure and love God with all our heart, soul, and might and to love people as God loves us!