Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
What is the gospel? Some would answer that question by saying that their life is the gospel – that is to say that they display the gospel by the way that they live. Others would say that the gospel is what we do, meaning our service to others. Some would reduce the gospel to “love your neighbor.” While others would respond that their testimony is the gospel. But in order to properly define what THE gospel is we must go to the source, we must go to the Scriptures. It is there that Paul gives us the most basic, core substance of the gospel and he does it really in one and a half verses. The gospel is Christ died for sins, was buried and rose on the third day. So then the gospel is a historical event. It is objective truth that occurred in a moment of time. The gospel is all about what Jesus has done. Now when we search the Bible for more details we discover that there is more that can be said about this event, but in its most basic form, this is it. Notice that Paul makes clear that this is the message he preached to the Corinthians and it’s the message they received, and it’s the message that they stand on in confidence and assurance of their salvation. So when you have the opportunity to share the gospel with someone, be sure that it is the true gospel that you are sharing, the gospel about Jesus and what he has done, the gospel about Christ dying for our sins, being dead for three days and rising again that we might have life. That’s our message, that’s what we are to proclaim, that’s what will truly bring salvation to the hearts who hear.