The Gospel - What is it?

The Apostle Paul gives us a biblical definition

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1    Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2    By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3    For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4    And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Jesus shed his blood as a sacrifice for your sins

Colossians 1:14

14   In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Romans 5:8

8    But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Galatians 3:13

13   Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

His crucifiction was prophesied in the old testament

Isaiah 53:5-7

5    But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6    All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Zechariah 11:12-13

12   And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

13   And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

Psalm 22:16-18

16   For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

17   I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

18   They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Isaiah 53:9

7    And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

It is a free gift from God

Ephesians 2:8-9

8    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God

9    Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 6:23

23   For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 3:16

16   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Paul said he was sent to preach the gospel

1 Corinthians 1:17

17   For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Jesus says we should preach it

Mark 15:16

16   And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.