What is the Gospel?

We are about Jesus People and the Pursuit of Both (our vision statement) and we exist to reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible (our purpose statement). These two things color all that we do. But to effectively fulfill them we have to understand two things. People are searching, open, hungry in hurting in this world but more specifically in our own community.  We have been given a hope and peace and joy that is almost incomprehensible in Jesus Christ and we have to be ready in season and out to give an answer to where that hope, peace, and joy lies. When we are prepared we will understand that when those whom God has given us influence over are asking why we are so calm in midst of crisis or why we seem to have such joyful attitude in all things, we will understand that what they are really asking is "What is the Gospel?" Will you know how to answer it?