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    • DIVINE LIFE MINISTRIES NEW BELIEVERS’ COURSE OUTLINE TITLE: THE GOSPEL OF CHRISTI wonder what comes to your mind when you hear or read about thegospel of Christ. Chances are that you believe like many others thatthe gospel is all about the message preached to sinners; or as they callit “the sinner’s message” Well, the gospel is a lot more than just thesinners’ message even though it begins with ministering to the sinnerand leading them to Christ and then continues from that moment ofsalvation up until the second coming of the Lord Jesus!The gospel is the good news of the kingdom of God and of salvationthrough Christ Jesus, received by faith on the basis of His expiatorydeath, burial, resurrection and ascension. It is any message that hasits base on the accomplishments of the death, burial, resurrection andascension of Jesus Christ. It is the teaching of the basic facts of thedeath, burial and resurrection of Jesus and the interpretation of thesefacts or their relation to mankind. So it covers all subjects related tothe results and benefits of: The death of Jesus e.g., the redemption of mankind The burial of Jesus e.g., defeat and paralysis of the devil and all his works, The resurrection of Christ e.g., justification and even 1
    • The ascension of Jesus e.g., the glory of the life in Christ (new creation life)! THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power ofGod unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, andalso to the Greek.” – Rom 1:16Paul the apostle made this all important statement when he was writingto the Roman church. He said he was not ashamed of the gospel ofChrist because the gospel is the power of God unto salvation foranyone that believes! The gospel is that message that has theinherent ability and the power to bring about salvation once it isbelieved upon. This means that the sharing of the gospel is more than aspeech or a seminar. It is much more than nice religious talking aboutGod but the very conveyor of the power of God Almighty to save! Sowhenever you have the opportunity to hear the word of God beingshared, give it all the attention you can possibly give because you arelistening to words that convey God’s Mighty power.This explains why one day when Jesus was teaching in Luke 5:17 thebible says “And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching,that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which werecome out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: andthe power of the Lord was present to heal them.” Please observe thatamongst the audience were Pharisees and doctors of the law! Thesewere people who were learned in the Jewish tradition and doctrine butwe never hear that there was any power present in their meetings. It isonly the message of the gospel of Christ Jesus that has and conveysthat divine ability to effect changes in the lives of the listeners andbelievers. 2
    • You can listen to philosophies, traditions of men, theories,methodologies or high sounding nonsense from sun up to sun down;but it will not make any difference in your life. What changes lives isthe power embedded in the gospel. Only the gospel can cause a changein a man’s life or condition and until he receives it, he has not arrivedyet. I dare say that the proof of the source of a message is in the powerthat it conveys and the changes that it effects in the lives of people.The word of God declares in 2 Cor 3:6 that God has made us ableministers of the new testament, not of the letter (the written), but of theSpirit: for the letter killeth but the Spirit giveth life (makes alive).You see, there was an Old Testament and there is a New Testament.The Old Testament was based on the letter or the written laws andcommandments but the new is not so. The new is based on the powerof the Spirit in the Word of the living God. So when we minister now,we do not just share words of information, ethics or morality but webring words that in themselves carry a divine ability that can changethe lives of anyone that receives them. Remember that when the Deviltempted Jesus in the wilderness (Luke 4:9-12), he spoke the writtenword to Jesus to convince Him. In other words, there is a differencebetween accurately quoting the word of God and ministering the wordof God! The gospel is that ministration of the word of God throughthe influence of the Spirit of God.The gospel is the miracle working power of God wrapped up in divineutterances and that miraculous ability is unwrapped as it is preachedand believed upon. Remember that the salvation of a soul is thegreatest miracle that can occur! It is therefore in place to say that themessage that has the ability to effect such an eternal change in thehuman spirit must therefore have the greatest miracle working abilitypossible! THE REASON WE EXIST 3
    • As powerful as the words of this message are, it is important to notethat except they get to a target or predetermined audience, they wouldnever be able to effect any change in any life. Take for example, if youare not being taught this now, the power of it may never come to playor manifest in your life. So since someone has got to hear it andbelieve it for the power therein to be made manifest in their lives;someone has got to tell it too. This is the reason we exist as a ministry!The bible says in Rom 10:13-15 “For whosoever shall call upon thename of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him inwhom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him ofwhom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without apreacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it iswritten, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel ofpeace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”You see, there is no doubt that anyone that calls upon the name of theLord would be saved. There is no discrimination at all; anyone fromany part of the world irrespective of race and color can call upon thatname and be saved. The only question then is how can they call onHim in whom they have not believed? It is practically impossible! Theonly reason they would call upon that name is that they believe in thesaving power of the name. So, how are they going to believe in Him ofWhom they have not heard?Remember, the word says faith comes by hearing and hearing by theword of God (Rom 10:17). Until people hear the word of God, theycannot have faith. Until they have faith, they cannot call on His name;and until they call on His name they cannot be saved. You now seethat the real task here is to get the people to hear the message and theonly way they can hear is through the ministry of a preacher! 4
    • Once again, this is exactly why we exist as a ministry! We have beensent and commissioned by the Holy Ghost to tell it to everyone we canreach so that by hearing this message from us, they can have faith; callupon the name of the Lord and ultimately be saved! We are divinemessengers that God has brought your way for the fulfillment of Hisgreat desire and plan for your life.Take for example, in Acts 11:11-15, we read of a man called Caesareawho had seen an angel in his house one day. The angel asked him tosend for Peter who would come and tell him words by which he andhis household would be saved! Did he say words? Just the telling ofwords can save a man and his family? These must be no ordinarywords I tell you. They are words born of the Spirit and impregnatedwith power to cause salvation!In Psalm 107:20 the scripture declares that “He sent his word, andhealed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” The gospelis God’s solution for the problems of men. It heals and delivers fromall forms of destruction and we are the privileged custodians of thatmessage. So when you listen to us, you are listening to God’s solutionfor the world. In fact, as you are reading this now, you are readingGod’s solution for the world and if you would believe them, theywould most definitely cause the desired results in your life.It is equally noteworthy that the angel didn’t tell Caesarea the wordsby himself or didn’t the angel know the words or the message of thegospel? Emphatically yes! The reason the angel didn’t tell the messagehimself is that angels are not the sent ones for the job. It is a ministryGod in His wisdom has left exclusively for us to handle. It’s a ministryfor the recreated beings that have the very essence of divinity and theHoly Ghost resident in their lives. It’s simply our job.Now you understand where Peter was coming from when he said “Forwe cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 5
    • 4:20) or when Paul said “For though I preach the gospel, I havenothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me,if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16) Indeed we cannot afford to bequiet about this message for necessity has been laid upon us to do thejob. We have been called, separated and commissioned for this verytask! THE DETAILS OF THE GOSPELAccording to the word of the Lord revealed in Isa 61:1-4; the gospel issimply the message that supernaturally implements the purpose andaccomplishments of the Lord Jesus Christ. It proclaims liberty to thecaptives and the opening of prison doors to them that are bound; itbrings comfort to all that mourn, gives them beauty for ashes, the oilof joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit ofheaviness and finally makes them the trees of righteousness that Godmight be glorified!Wow, if anyone had been held captive to sickness, disease, failure,poverty, addictions of all sorts and whatever you may consider, thegospel is that message that announces their liberty! Even if thecondition of the person has gone beyond just captivity toimprisonment, the gospel announces the opening of the prison doors.In other words, something has already been done about the captivity ofthe world, something has been done about the imprisonment ofmankind by the devil and his cohorts and the gospel is theannouncement of what is now obtainable. It is the announcement ofthe present truths of the word of God.Bear in mind that no one who is held captive can consider walking outof captivity without being sure his status as a slave had been changedto that of a free man. If he dared to do so, he would most likely be atthe risk of greater captivity and punishment from the task master! Sothe gospel brings that accurate information that they no longer have to 6
    • remain bound because the task master has been defeated and paralyzed(Heb 2:14)!Furthermore, if it were that one had lost something so dear to him inlife for which they felt like life for them had become one of eternalmourning, the gospel is that message that brings comfort, beauty andjoy! So whenever we minister the words of this gospel message, weare conveying comfort, beauty and joy. This is why I say that one ofthe ways to tell whether it was God speaking to you or not is inwhether the voice that spoke to you spoke comfort or fear! Goddoesn’t speak fear at any time no matter what.Even if your case is that you are cumbered with a load of care, I meanyou are concerned about so many things that seem not to be working.The gospel is the announcement of the availability of a garment ofpraise in exchange for your heavy spirit. I mean the gospel dresses youup in a garment called praise so that sleepless nights can becomepraise nights. This is one reason I have made up my mind never againto be worried in this life to matter what because I found out throughthe gospel that I am dressed and equipped for praise! A MESSAGE OF THE GLORY FOLLOWING THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST!Summarily, the gospel that the Lord has sent us to preach and bring tothe knowledge of the world is that message that tells and shows us thepicture of the man that is the result and beneficiary of the sufferings ofGod. 1 Pet 1:10-12 says “Of which salvation the prophets haveenquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace thatshould come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time theSpirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testifiedbeforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us 7
    • they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you bythem that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghostsent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”You see, the prophets of old did prophecy about today. They wereinspired of the Spirit about these days we are living in now. Theinspirations they got were so exciting to them that they went on to findout when it would be. Have you ever looked forward to an event oroccasion with great anticipation before? I mean an event you dreamt ofagain and again before it finally came to pass? That was how theseearly prophets desired to see the days we are living in today becausethe Spirit of the Lord showed them that in the days following thesufferings of Christ, it would be glory galore!They were greatly disappointed when they discovered that these thingswere not for them at all but for us who would live in the postresurrection and ascension days. That’s why when Peter was writingabout us and our calling in Christ Jesus; he said God called us to gloryand virtue (2 Pet 1:3). I mean we have been called and separated fromthe rest of the world in Christ Jesus. The believer in Christ Jesus is thecalled out one for the glory and the Excellencies of the Lord. So thegospel is the word of God concerning that glory which is the result ofthe suffering of Christ Jesus.So the ultimate question would be – Has Jesus come? And has Hesuffered and died? If the answer to these two questions is yes, thenthese are the glory days! SO WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?Eph 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not ofyourselves: it is the gift of God:” and Titus 3:4-5 “But after that thekindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not byworks of righteousness which we have done, but according to his 8
    • mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing ofthe Holy Ghost;” say it all!The gospel is that message of the salvation plan of God madeavailable to mankind by the grace of God and appropriated to thereceiver by faith. This means that the grace (unmerited favor) of Godhas made salvation available so we no longer have to try or doanything to qualify for it. All that is necessary now is for man tosimply believe in what God has done and it is appropriated to himsupernaturally! It’s like a Father who has willed everything he has tohis son and requires that the son be given full possession of it all onlywhen he believes that his father actually willed it all to him! Yeah, thatsimple! Believe and become! In any case, we would talk more aboutbelieving later in this courseIf you haven’t given your life to Christ yet, I mean you haven’tembraced the gospel of Christ, you can do so now by saying the wordsof this prayer below out loud! PRAYER OF SALVATION Oh Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe that you sent Him to die for me and to bring me eternal life. I confess His lordship over my life and I receive eternal life into my spiritnow. Thank you dear Father for saving me;I am born again now in the name of Jesus.ASSESSMENT 9
    • Please let me state categorically that the reason for this assessment isnot to score you or give you any credits but to see to it that you haveclearly understood the topic of discourse. So kindly ensure that youanswer these questions in accordance with your understanding ratherthan in accordance with what is written in the outline.If you find that at some point you don’t seem to know the answer, thenread and re-read the outline until you have a firm grip on the material.If it takes you several weeks to understand this, it doesn’t mean thatyou are dull in understanding at all. It simply means that you are smartand have decided to take your time to understand the subject and thatin my honest opinion is a million times better than rushing through forreading sake. 1. Several definitions were given for the gospel in this study, kindly outline three. 2. Why was there no power in the words the devil spoke to Jesus during His temptation even though they were the words of God 3. What do you understand by the statement “the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life”? 4. From this study, what have you discovered to be the reason why we exist as a ministry (Divine Life Ministries)? 5. Why didn’t the angel that visited Caesarea preach to him and his family since that would have been faster? 6. In one sentence, what do you understand by the mission of Jesus according to Isa 61:1-4? 7. If truly glory was supposed to follow the sufferings of Christ, what do you have to say about believers in Christ Jesus who are “not really” living in the glory now? 8. What other lessons did you learn from this study (a lesson is not necessarily something new but something that you may 10
    • not really be putting to work at the moment and intend to work on now)?9. Do you have any personal questions in connection with the study that you would like to ask a leader or pastor? 11