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WHAT IS THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL AND WHY DON’T PEOPLE GET IT? WHAT ABOUT THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST?

03 Aug

                         THE  CHANGING  POWER  OF  THE  GOSPEL

                                    1 Cor. 1:18-24

 
Introduction:
A. A church that just offers the gospel seems strange to many people.
1. Not everyone appreciates its value and power (1 Cor. 1:18, 23).
2. Christians appreciate its value and power (1 Cor. 1:18, 24).
B. Value and power of Gospel seen by the fundamental changes it makes in men and women.
 
Discussion:
 
I. It Changes the Spiritual Condition of Men and Women.
 
A. From lost sinners into saved saints. (1 Cor.6:9-11).
1. Saved by the gospel (1 Cor. 15:2).
2. Cleansed in baptism (Acts 18:8; cf. Acts 22:16)
B. From children of devil into children of God. (Gal. 3:26, 27).
 
II. It Changes the Outlook of Men and Women.
 
A. From hopelessness into hopefulness (Eph. 2:12; 1 Pet. 1:3)
1. Pessimism to optimism.
2. The Jailer (Acts 16:27, 34).
3. Paul (Rom. 7:24, 25).
B. From worldly outlook to spiritual outlook (Phil. 3:4-11)
C. From self-pity to gracious suffering (Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17)
 
III. It Changes the Life-styles of Men and Women (1 Cor. 6.11).
 
A. Religious life-style.
1. From Idols to Living God. (1 Thess. 1:9).
2. From fanatical persecutor into preacher. (1 Cor. 15:9, 10).
3. From vain-worshiper into true worshiper. (John 4:23, 24; Matt. 15:9).
B. General life-style.
1. From self-seeking to self-denial (Matt. 6:24)
2. From lusts of men to the will of God (1 Pet. 4:1-4).
3. From laziness to productive work (2 Thess. 3:10)
 
IV. It Changes the Destinies of Men and Women.
 
A. Eternally doomed into eternally saved. (2 Thess. 1:7-9).
B. Hell-bound into Heaven-bound.
 
Conclusion:
 
A. If you value the gospel – obey it.
B. If you value the gospel – spread it.
C. If you value the gospel – defend it (cf. Phil. 1:17).
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2 Comments

Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “WHAT IS THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL AND WHY DON’T PEOPLE GET IT? WHAT ABOUT THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST?

  1. Eugene Adkins

    August 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Well said!

     
  2. robind333

    August 4, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Wonderful post, thank you for sharing…Many, many blessings to you. Robin

     

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