I want to start this on the right foot. Everything should begin with an understanding of the gospel. So I present to you the gospel as I understand it:
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. –Romans 1:20
God created everything, creating man in his own image. He created everything to point to his beauty, love, power and wisdom. It was all very good. God is perfection and his creation was perfect. However, man would not remain perfect.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned –Romans 5:12
Adam and Eve brought sin into this world imposing a penalty on humanity—death for all mankind. Our fellowship with God was severed and every human had evil in their hearts. But God had a plan to fix this.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. –2 Corinthians 5:21
By God’s amazing grace, he sent his son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for sin, in full, for all mankind. That payment happened on the cross and only Jesus could pay the price because he was perfect, without sin, and God in the flesh. After Jesus was crucified, he rose on the third day, alive and fully restored, defeating death once and for all. He then ascended into heaven where he reigns as our king of his kingdom and will one day return to judge us all and reign forever. What this means for every person depends on how they respond.
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. –Romans 10:9
Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. –Acts 2:38
One response is to reject anything mentioned above. The result would be to remain in your state of sin and face the penalty in full—eternal torment. The other response is to believe in the work of Jesus, be counted as righteous by God, repent of all your sins and worship the Lord with all your heart. The result would be a restored fellowship with God, empowerment by the Holy Spirit, and eternal life with our God and his people.
Simply but fully put, that’s the gospel we all need to know. May we trust in it daily.