The word ‘Evangelical’ is derived from a Greek word, Evangelion – “Gospel” or “Good News”. The word is found many times in the New Testament and relates to the Christian message of salvation. It is this message that has been believed and preached ever since the times of Christ and His Apostles.
What is the Gospel? It is the good news that God has provided salvation for men and women in and through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
For the purpose of saving sinners the Lord Jesus took human flesh and became a legal substitute in order to i) fulfil the law which sinners had broken, and ii) to endure or suffer the curse and punishment they fully deserve. This assuming of the legal responsibilities of sinners by Christ brings about deliverance. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
When a person by God’s grace responds to the Gospel call by truly repenting of their sin and trusting in Christ alone for salvation he or she is pardoned and accepted by God and receives the gift of eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.
As a church it is this very Gospel we love and preach. As the Apostle Paul said, “it is the power of God for everyone who believes.”