The Gospel of Jesus Christ
The gospel of Jesus Christ was pivotal in the very birth of the movement by Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865. Today, The Salvation Army’s mission remains “to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
What is the Gospel?
The book of Salvation Army church doctrines confirms that the gospel is to be proclaimed and describes it in this way, “The love and mercy of God are mysteries beyond human comprehension. Jesus Christ suffered and died to save the whole world and was raised by the Father. In the atonement, we recognize the astounding generosity of God’s love toward all people … the church’s mission is to share the message of this generosity,” (p. 132-133).
The Salvation Story study guide further explains, “The presentation of Christ as Savior by all branches of the Christian church has been the cross … the sign of the atoning grace of God through the salvation act of the death of Christ for the sins of the world,” (p. 63).
In the Bible, the gospel message to be proclaimed by those who believe can be found in 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8. Here the “most basic ingredients of the gospel message” are summarized by the apostle Paul, according to Bible.com.
Faith in Action
So, how does The Salvation Army put the message of the gospel into action? By being the hands and feet of God to those in need and walking with people through hardships. Read a story about how this looks in our everyday service.