"gospel" Tagged Sermons
The Gospel is an announcement of good news. Salvation is our rescue from guilt, separation from God, slavery to sin, and eternal death. Salvation is also rescue for life, adoption as children of God, and blessedness. The Gospel message is filled with the inherent power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
You have received Christ Jesus (believed the message of the Gospel and embraced Him by faith), so steadfastly pursue Him. Be devoted to growth through the truth of scripture, and overflow with heartfelt gratitude.
Saving faith has three essential components, all described in Colossians 1:21-23. We must recognize our condition apart from Christ, alienated from God and falling short of His holiness. The next step is reconciliation, in genuine repentance accepting the forgiveness that we could not earn for ourselves. Once we have found peace with God, we must continue to move foward in confident hope, steadfastly walking with Christ.
John 3:16 expresses the depth of God’s great love for us. The holy self-existent God who holds us accountable loved the world: all of humanity. In love He gave His Son, Emmanuel, God with us, to die as a substitutionary sacrifice and pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus calls us to trust and believe in Him so that we might not perish but find everlasting life.
Romans 8 begins with the promise of “no condemnation” and ends with the promise of “no separation.” God demonstrated His love for us by sending Jesus into the world to pay the penalty for our sin and save us from condemnation. When we believe in Him and ask for His forgiveness, we are forever His. Nothing can ever separate us from His love.
Are we living out our faith in such a way that we bear the repercussions of living and sharing the Gospel? Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in jail, but they were able to worship and praise God because they expected to suffer persecution, and they knew that their situation and served to advance the cause of Christ. Their concern for the new believers at Philippi and their commitment to the advance of the Gospel was the outpouring of a life tuned to the will of Christ.
The Gospel is the good new to all who will believe and receive God’s forgiveness, deliverance, and salvation. The Gospel comes from God, who desires to give people grace for the glory of Jesus’ name and for our good. It is not a plan, but instead it is a person: Jesus Christ, who shares God’s nature and was sent to redeem.
Earnest prayer is critical to the success of the Gospel. Pray that the Gospel will spread rapidly and be honored. Ask for God-arranged encounters and clarity of speech. Pray to overcome spiritual paralysis caused by fear. The apostle Paul prayed for each of these things in his letters the churches, and the evidence that God answered Paul’s prayers is found in the book of Acts.