THE CHANGING POWER OF THE GOSPEL
1 Cor. 1:18-24Introduction: 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).