Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel … For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. – 1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4
As we probably are aware, the word gospel means “good news.” Numerous authors have written volumes of books about the depth and breadth of the gospel. Here in 1 Corinthians 15, Paul defined the gospel in a nutshell. The gospel is the message that Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose from the grave on the third day, all according to the Scriptures.
Jesus commanded Christians to share the gospel with others. Using our personal testimony is the easiest way to share the gospel. Often a person will refer to his or her salvation in a general way, such as “I received Jesus.” When we do so, we remove the effectiveness of sharing our testimony because the gospel message is where the power of God is – not in our story.
The gospel is not just that Jesus died for our sins but that He also rose from the dead. Around the world, people give their lives for causes in which they believe. Jesus also had a cause – He came to pay for our sins. How do we know His death on the cross was really payment enough for our sins? Because Jesus did not stay dead! He rose from the dead! That is the essence of the gospel message.
Dennis Nunn; Living In The Light