The word "Gospel" means "good news." It is helpful to think of the gospel message as a story. The gospel story starts with creation, reveals man's sin and separation from God, and then leads up to Jesus’ perfect life of obedience, his death, and his resurrection.
Mark Dever gives a clear, concise account of the gospel story: "The good news is that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in His image to know Him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from Him. In His great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law Himself and taking on Himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust in Him. He rose again from the dead showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted. He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God."
We all know that we are not perfect. That's the bad news. The good news is that Jesus died and rose again to save us from our sins: that the good news.
Has the gospel changed you?