At Oak Grove, you will hear the word “gospel” repeatedly. That's because it is the most important truth that we can know & experience. The gospel is not merely a message that needs to be shared with non-Christians, but also with Christians. It is not something that mature Christians move on from, but rather something that they move deeper into.
The Apostle Paul defined the word “gospel” in 1st Corinthians 15:3-4 when he wrote, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (ESV).
The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” To understand why it's "good news," you have to understand the bad news. The bad news is that we are all born sinners. That's why the Bible tells us, "all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Because that's who we are, we are separated from a relationship with God, & destined toward an eternity without Him. But here's the good news: God came to rescue us! The gospel is the good news of God taking on flesh in the person Jesus, living a life we could never live (one of perfection), dying in our place for our sin, & rising again three days later. Now, throug faith in Jesus, we can be forgiven, saved, made the sons & daughters of God, & have our lives & eternities forever changed.
The gospel is the grand narrative that is told throughout the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The gospel is the glorious story of how God is reconciling the whole world back to Himself through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. It is personal, yet cosmic. It is simple, yet infinite.