Thrive Pathway Activity 9

Understand the Gospel


The word gospel means “good news.” The word occurs 93 times in the Bible and refers to the Good News about Jesus and the way to salvation.

To understand the Good News, you must understand the bad news. The Bible starts with the bad news – that man's relationship with God in the beginning was perfect, but Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God. Their sin separated them from God. Since God is holy, He could not and would not be in the presence of sin. Separated from God, man had no way to fix the problem. Sin and its consequences meant that man would now die and be forever separated from God.

The Good News is that God loved man, even after he sinned. Because of His love, God made a way for the sin debt to be paid so mankind could be in a relationship with Him once again. What humans could not do to fix the problem, God did, and the way He fixed it is Good News! That Good News is that God Himself came to earth as Jesus, the Son of God, to fix the problem. Jesus was born of a virgin so He did not inherit the sin nature and sin problem of man. He lived a perfect life so He owed no sin debt. He died on the cross, not because of His sin, but to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind.

Defeating death, Jesus rose from the dead and offers eternal life to all who will receive it through faith and through believing this gospel message. If you will admit you are a sinner and believe that Jesus came, lived, died, and rose again, you can receive this gift of forgiveness and eternal life – this relationship with God. No matter what you have done, this gift is available to you. It is a free gift; you cannot earn it or receive it apart from Jesus. It is available because of what He has done. That is Good News!

The entire Bible reveals the story of God’s love for you, which is a part of the gospel. The New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are called the Gospels because they reveal the story of Jesus and how, in Him, God changes your bad news to Good News.


Romans 6:23  
"The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord."

I Corinthians 15:3-6
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.”


Read through one of the four gospels in the Bible, paying attention to the works of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John).  Read about the birth of Jesus in Luke 2, the ministry of Jesus in Matthew 5-25, and the death and resurrection of Jesus in Mark 14-16. Answer the question of whether or not you have embraced the truth of the gospel for your life. If you have not, make an appointment with one of the Southcliff ministers to discover how you can.Share the gospel story with someone in your family or a friend.

Attend the Core4Kids Class.

More Pathway activities on this topic:

# 8 Meet people around you
#15 Pray for non-believers
#33 Know your neighbors
#25 Memorize and understand Matthew 28:18-20
#59 Join and attend groups with non-believers
#39 Develop Faith Story
#47 Share your Faith Story

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