Thank you for this question. This term is used frequently so I’m glad you’ve asked for clarification on its meaning. That way other readers will be helped too.
The word Gospel comes from the Latin word euangelion which is directly translated Good News. This proclamation of Good News is the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the positive, hope-filled message that we share each weekend at Epworth United Methodist Church. An additional meaning denotes the first four books of the New Testament Bible. Since the First Century, the historical account of Jesus’ earthly ministry was recorded in Gospel accounts or Good News stories presented in Matthew, Mark, Like and John.
These accounts were written from the post Resurrection perspective and contain an extensive narrative as they deal with Jesus’ ministry from hindsight. In these writings we find the primary affirmations of Christianity. These include, God is our helper, God comforts us in troubled times, God hears our prayers, God is our strength and shield, and Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave. Giving us the resurrection power to do the same.
All of these, and many more promises in the Bible, are Good News. The best news of all, Tabitha, is that God loves you just the way you are in this moment. I invite you to join us this morning at Epworth UMC in person or through our many broadcasts where you will hear more about the God of Good News.
Dr. Stephen Lowell Swisher