The gospel is centered on the historical facts regarding Jesus Christ. Christ was literally crucified for our sins, purchasing redemption for all who would believe. The right response to these truths is repentance, meaning a recognition of our rebellion towards God, a godly sorrow towards that rebellion, and a spirit filled resolve to follow our Savior in all things.
The gospel points to the resurrection of Christ as the believers source of hope, joy, and new life. The resurrection of Christ not only points to the believer but to the authority of Jesus.
The gospel promises that Jesus will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will judge rightly and will condemn all who have refused him, and reward all who have embraced him.
Receiving the gospel is a matter of belief. Believing the gospel is matter of faith. It consists of believing in one's heart the truth of the resurrection, and confessing with one's mouth the Lordship of Jesus.
There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.