What Does the Bible Say About the Good News?

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“Good news” comes from the Greek word “evangelium” which comes from the words “eu” (=good) + “angelos” (= messenger). Roman heralds used to proclaim “good news” after a military victory or when a new emperor had taken office. The Bible’s Good News means that Jesus has come to earth to offer us salvation from our sins through his death and resurrection. By believing in Jesus and confessing him as Lord and Savior, we receive God’s forgiveness and are saved forever. Even today, we Christians are sent out into the world to share the Good News of Jesus to all the peoples of the world.

Bible Verses

10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”(Lk 2:10–12)

8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.(Ro 5:8–11)

14How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”(Ro 10:14–15)

18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Mt 28:18–20)

42And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.(Ac 5:42)

6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(Jn 14:6)

Study Questions

  1. What’s the good news?
  2. How has the gospel affected your life?
  3. How do you best communicate the gospel, the good news?
  4. What happens to the people who haven’t heard the good news?

Additional Bible Verses

Phil 2:6-11, Gal 4:4-5, 1 Cor 1:23-24, 1 Cor 15:3-8, 1 Cor 15:14, Heb 12:2, 1 Pet 2:22, John 1:29

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