What is the Gospel?

The Gospel is a Person, and His Name is Jesus.

Ask 100 people, “what is the gospel?” and you may get 100 different answers. So what exactly is… the gospel? It’s more than religious mandates. It’s more than a core set of correct beliefs. It’s more than forgiveness of sins. It’s the summation of all things in a Person named Jesus.

Scripture Memory Verses: John 5:39-40, John 14:6, Colossians 1:27-28, Galatians 2:20, John 17:3

Jesus Curriculum Resource: “What is the gospel?” Teaching Guide

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Lesson 1: What is the purpose?

The purpose of our lives is to love God and love people.

Lesson 2: What is the gospel?

The Gospel is a Person, and His Name is Jesus.

Lesson 3: What is the work?

The work of God is to believe in Jesus.

Lesson 4: What is the ministry?

The primary ministry of a follower of Jesus is reconciliation.

Lesson 5: What is the church?

The church is the body of Jesus Christ.

Lesson 6: What is the method of leadership?

The method of leadership is to serve with and through Jesus.

Lesson 7: What is the kingdom?

The kingdom of God is the rule and reign of King Jesus that begins in our hearts.