God is the creator of all things and made us in his image to know him. He is perfectly holy, worthy of all worship, and will punish sin.
Man, though created good, became sinful by nature and by choice. As a result, all people are alienated from God, hostile to God, and subject to the wrath of God.
In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died a traitor’s death on a 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 as satisfactory and that God’s wrath against us had been satisfied.
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.
Adapted from Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007), 43.