Beyond the Weekend

February 10 | The Gospel

February 10, 2022


I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21

Read: Acts 20:21
Acts 20


When Paul talks to the Ephesian elders, he highlights what in Christian circles is commonly called “the Gospel.” So, what is the Gospel and why was it so important to Paul? The word “gospel” is derived from a term meaning “good news.” Largely it described the good news of a victory in war or the birth of a king. But Paul tells that the Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ has defeated sin and death on our behalf. Despite our sinfulness, we can have God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ and eternal life with God. There is no greater news and Paul knows it. That’s why he not only lived humbly, but declared the Gospel to all who would hear!

Watch this video clip as Pastor Aaron Buer focuses on three words out of Acts 20:21 to help us understand the main points of The Gospel: faith, repentance and must. Faith means putting your trust wholly in Jesus. It means recognizing that there is nothing that you can do to save yourself and putting all of your trust in him. Repentance means to turn and head in a different direction. Specifically, in this context, to turn from one’s sin and toward God, asking for his forgiveness. Must is the recognition that Jesus is the one and only way to be saved. That there is no other way to have a right relationship with God (John 14:6). Together, these three words help us understand how to respond to the greatest news— the good news of Jesus Christ.


If you have never repented of your sin and chosen to put your faith and trust in Jesus, there is no better time than now. Pray something like this, “God, I am a sinner in desperate need of your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died for me and give my life to you. Help me to grow to love and follow you better each day. Amen.” If you chose to follow Jesus today, we would love to talk with you. Please email If you are already a follower of Jesus, listen to this song called Broken Vessels. May the words remind you of Christ’s sacrifice on your behalf.


Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse!

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

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