The Gospels are the four books of the Bible that tell the story of Jesus' life, ministry, teachings, death and resurrection. Each Gospel is named after its author. Three of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, contain a straightforward, chronological account of the events, although there are small differences and some episodes appear in only one or two of the three. These are collectively known as the synoptic Gospels. The fourth Gospel, John, was the last to be written and takes a more overtly theological approach. According to theologians, these four books were written on the same topic, but intended for different audiences.
The word Gospel literally means "good news".
In addition to the four biblical Gospels, other writings have been found that appear or purport to be contemporary accounts. One of these is the Gospel of Thomas. These writings are not widely read except by scholars, and are not accepted as true by most Christians.
We all deserve physical and spiritual death for our sins. The Gospel teaches that God no longer requires atonement in our own blood, through observance of numerous ordinances of the Law, or through repeated futile shedding of the blood of animals for our sins, which was only a foreshadow of the final atonement which cleared the way for us to make permanent reconciliation with our Creator.
That Gospel is good news so simple it can be understood by a child. Men are saved by grace through faith in our risen Lord Jesus Christ, who was sent by His Father to suffer and die as expiation for the transgressions of the whole world. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was raised from the dead to endless life, and if we renounce the devil and make Jesus the Lord of our life, we have a share of that same eternal life, because the risen Lord abides within us and lives his eternal life through us.