The gospel, or "good news", is the essential foundation for Christianity. Therefore, it seems wise to ask, "What is the gospel?" in order that we might clearly understand the message that we claim to be true and the message that we are attempting to proclaim to the world. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9