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Jun 21, 2020

The Gospel

Passage: Romans 1:16-

Preacher: Andrew Repsold

Series: Great Gospel

Keywords: faith, gospel, salvation, belief, god's power

Summary:

Just what is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? And is there a verse that clearly encapsulates it into one phrase? This message looks at three fiundamental ingredients of the Gospel from Romans 1:16 to help us clearly grasp how it can be shred with others.

Detail:

The Gospel--Part 1

June 21, 2020

Introduction:

  • New 4 week Series starting today: The Gospel or the “good news.” This is the core message of Christianity.
  • We actually designed this series back in January when we had a staff meeting and asked the question “how can people at Mosaic become better disciples?” “How can we equip our congregation to be better at making disciples themselves?” (Apartment Bible Studies) Our answer to this was to create and regularly offer a 3 or 4 week Sunday school class every year on the essential(s) of Christianity.

-The Gospel

-Evangelism

-The Nature of God: trinitarian, perfect, unchanging, his attributes.

-Spiritual Gifts

  • Week 1: The Gospel (what is it)

Week 2: Past

Week 3: Present

Week 4: Future

  • Goals of this series:
  1. Be able to explain the Gospel to anyone

-Memorize Romans 1:16 which says “the gospel is…”

  1. Your testimony: How you have experienced the gospel…something we will be working on over the next few weeks.

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is…

  1. the power of God
  2. for salvation
  3. to everyone who believes.”

-Pray-

  1. The Power of God (Imagine we are not Christians)

Question: What kind of power is Paul talking about? (Power to do what?)

Strength? Sun? Electricity? Wind? Water? Magnetism?

What kind of Power does God have?  (Romans 1:20) Supreme…All-powerful.

What does that power have to do with us? This gets back to the original question…

What kind of power is Paul talking about regarding the gospel?

Answer: Resurrection Power (Romans 1:4)

3 verses:

1.

Christ Jesus…declared to be the son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness

by his resurrection from the dead…” 

                                     -Romans 1:4

2.

Ephesians 1:16-20

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

3.

Philippians 3:10.

“I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection…”

                                     -Philippians 3:7-11

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is…

  1. the power of God
  2. for salvation
  3. to everyone who believes.”

 

  1. for Salvation

Question: What do we need saving from?

Answer #1: The PENALTY of sin.

“For the wages of sin is death…”

                                     -Romans 6:23

20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:1-2 also?

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sin in which you once walked…”

                                     -Ephesians 2:1 

Answer #2: The POWER of sin.

Jesus answered them, “ Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.”

                                                 -John 8:34

“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin…you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”

                                     -Romans 6:16-18

How do I acquire or experience the resurrecting power of God to save me…a slave to sin?!

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is…

  1. the power of God
  2. for salvation
  3. to everyone who believes.”

 

  1. to everyone who believes

Question: What does it mean to believe?  hocus pocus chant…climb a mountain find a special flower etc. (even the demons believed and shuddered James 2)

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”

                                     -John 1:12

Answer: To receive Christ.

receive him as what? Lord, Savior, King, greatest Treasure, older brother, shepherd, friend, bridegroom, rock/cornerstone,

….another verse for receiving him as LORD. 

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is…

  1. the power of God
  2. for salvation
  3. to everyone who believes.

For the weeks to come: share with someone how you experienced Christ’s resurrection power when you surrendered your life to him.

Benediction:

Romans 3:21-26

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.