Clearly, this article is not the usual fare of What To Do About. There will be no tongue-n-cheek or witticisms, no exaggerated stories, and no played out stereotypes (as we love to do). Shocking? No, we have done this before, like in Expelled, pornography, and voting.
What is the gospel? The gospel is good news! The gospel is deep, but it is also simple, and so, I will try to put it simply! There is one God who created everything. He is the Maker of heaven and earth. He made man and woman in His image and likeness. He made us to worship. We (humanity) chose to rebel against Him, sin against Him, and disobey Him.
As a result we are separated from God. We think that we are our own god. We are all born terminally broken sinners who reject God and are at odds with Him. We are destined for death and destruction. He is the only one that is good and in His goodness He makes a way for us to be saved.
The way that God chooses to save us is that He became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect, sinless life, was crucified on the cross, in death substituting Himself for the death that is owed sinners. He willingly took the penalty upon Himself, for the sin of those who would put their trust in Him. He was perfect payment because He was perfect Himself. He was buried and on the third day He rose again by the power of God, having defeated sin and death. He ascended into heaven and is ruling and reigning and is coming again to judge the living and the dead.
What to do about the gospel? Put your trust in Him. Your hope, your faith, your confidence. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). The gospel, the good news, is the power of God to those who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18).