News is recorded history of something that has happened. The gospel is good news of something that God has done, not something that we have to do. So no amount of generosity, nice words, or selfless acts will make you right with God. The good news that Jesus brings demands a response of either rejecting or receiving it. By rejecting it you can continue your same path that you were heading that leads to permanent despair or by receiving it you will be driven to repent because you begin to see Christ as your only hope.