It’s a question we all ask at some point in our life’s journey. And there is no short supply of answers today.
In the midst of all the options, Christianity is utterly unique. Rather than laying down the rules we must follow or the paths we must climb to reach God, the Bible makes the stunning claim that God has come down to us.
According to the Bible, God created humans in God's own image, to love, serve, and enjoy him forever. But each of us has gone our own way, ignoring God in the world God has made, and choosing instead to rule ourselves our way. This self-centered approach to life the Bible calls sin. And as a result of rejecting God, we deserve condemnation and death.
But at the heart of Christianity is the good news that in Jesus Christ, God has come to reconcile sinful humanity to himself. God doesn’t give us what our sins deserve. Rather, all that God requires for a right relationship with himself has been secured for us in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to God’s law to provide for us a righteousness that our good works could never achieve. Jesus died in our place on the cross to bear away the punishment our sins deserved. Jesus rose again bodily on the third day, promising us new life and death’s ultimate defeat.
When we turn from relying on ourselves and choose to rest solely in what Jesus has done for us, we receive forgiveness and a whole new life toward God—a new status and family, a new power and freedom, a new purpose and future. That’s why the message of Christianity from the start was called “the gospel,” meaning “the good news.” It’s “news" because its about something God did, in history. And it’s “good” because it comes to us freely, by grace, as a gift for all who believe.
Here's an article by Tim Keller that explains the gospel in greater depth. Check it out and let us know if we can answer any questions you have. But by far the best way to explore Christianity is to meet with others who have experienced the gospel themselves. Join us some Sunday. Everyone is welcome.
In addition, we have put together a collection of sermons that were preached here at Trinity that might be helpful: