WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? “now after John was arrested, Jesuscame into Galilee, proclaiming thegospel of god, and saying, “the time isfulfilled, and the kingdom of God is athand; repent and believe in the gospel.”-Mark 1:14-15
THE GOSPELEvangelion- “good news”SO what happens when I believe?so what’s the “good news”?
“i am the alpha and the omega,the First and the Last, theBeginning and the end.” –Revelation22:13
PURPOSE: God created you for His glory. –Isaiah 43:7 To worship Him in Spirit and Truth. –John 4:23-24 To be Holy as He is Holy. -Leviticus 11:44 To be stewards of His creation. –Genesis 2:28
God always has a plan A You are not here by mistake. God has a plan for you. Our plans change and fall apart. His plan remains thesame because He never changes. –Hebrews 13:8 God has always had a plan to love you!-1 John 4:19
“But the angel said to the women, “donot be afraid, for I know that youseek Jesus who was crucified. He isnot here, for he has risen, as he said.Come, see the place where he lay.” -Matthew 28:5-6
Jesus really died!Jesus really rose!Jesus is always working! And He is ready toact in your life this week and the rest of yourlife. –John 5:17; Romans 8:28
“and you were dead in the trespassesand sins in which you once walked,following the course of this world,following the prince of the power ofthe air, the spirit that is now at workin the sons of disobedience—
among whom we all once lived in thepassions of our flesh, carrying outthe desires of the body and the mind,and were by nature children of wrath,like the rest of mankind.
But God, being rich in mercy, becauseof the great love with which he lovedus, even when we were dead in ourtrespasses, made us alive togetherwith Christ—by grace you have beensaved—
and raised us up with him and seatedus with him in the heavenly places inChrist Jesus, so that in the comingages he might show the immeasurableriches of his grace in kindness towardus in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been savedthrough faith. And this is not yourown doing. It is the gift of God, not asa result of works, so that no one mayboast
For we are his workmanship, createdin Christ Jesus for good works, whichGod prepared beforehand, that weshould walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:1-10
Jesus made things right between you andthe Father!Jesus is your reward!
“for I am not ashamed of the gospel,for it is the power of God forsalvation to everyone who believes, tothe Jew first and also to the Greek. -Romans 1:16
The Gospel will never be the Good News to you untilyou believe it is Good News done for you, not by you. Good works will never be good enough to earn yougood graces into the throne of God. You gotta believe to be set free! It is the goodness of God that wakes our deadhearts
“finally, then, Brothers, we ask andurge you in the Lord Jesus, that as youreceived from us how you ought towalk and to please God, just as you aredoing, that you do so more and more
For you know what instructions wegave you through the Lord Jesus. Forthis is the will of God, yoursanctification: that you abstain fromsexual immorality;
that each one of you know how tocontrol his own body in holiness andhonor, not in the passion of lust likethe Gentiles who do not know God;
that no one transgress and wronghis brother in this matter, becausethe Lord is an avenger in all thesethings, as we told you beforehandand solemnly warned you.
For God has not called us forimpurity, but in holiness. Thereforewhoever disregards this, disregardsnot man but God, who gives his Holyspirit to you.”-1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
If you truly are born-again we will have noproblem following His commands, because theyare not burdensome. 1 John 5:3Knowledge is useless if you don’t put it intopractice!He always finishes what He starts. Rom. 8:28
“and I heard a loud voice from thethrone saying, “Behold, the dwellingplace of God is with man. He will dwellwith them, and they will be his people,and God himself will be with them astheir God.
He will wipe away every tear fromtheir eyes, and death shall be no more,neither shall there be mourning, norcrying, nor pain anymore, for theformer things have passed away.”-Revelation 21:3-4
WHY THE GOSPEL?I am astonished that you are soquickly deserting him who called youin the grace of Christ and areturning to a different gospel
WHY THE GOSPEL?-not that there is another one, butthere are some who trouble you andwant to distort the gospel of Christ.
WHY THE GOSPEL?But even if we or an angel fromheaven should preach to you a gospelcontrary to the one we preached toyou, let him be accursed.” –Galatians 1:6-8
WHY THE GOSPEL? “Why”-for what reason or purpose. What is the reason and purpose of the Gospel?
THE GOSPEL REASONThe gospel is meant to expose thekingdom of darkness and it’s lies withthe marvelous light of the Kingdom ofGod through the glorious truth of thefinished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
THE GOSPEL REASON So that mankind may experience thegoodness of His grace through Hissalvation and have their souls foreverpreserved in the pleasure of Hispresence by fulfilling the chief end oftheir design, to glorify God.
CAUTIONIf you do not know the Gospel, growingin the Gospel, or showing the fruit ofthe Gospel in your life and in the livesof others you will be easily deceived bysomething other that isn’t the gospel.
MIXING BAD NEWS WITH GOOD NEWS Spirituality- We are all spiritual beings. God is spiritand we were created from Him, but yet he is distinct. -John 4:23-24 There is no other God, but our God. Any otherclaims that Jesus is not God must not be mixed withthe Gospel! –Deut. 6:4; John 8:58; Isaiah 48:11
MIXING BAD NEWS WITH GOOD NEWS Jesus is the only way to the Father. There is noother way! –John 14:6 People will spend eternity either two: Under God’speace or under God’s wrath. Sin has consequences and it must be punished.
MIXING BAD NEWS WITH GOOD NEWS Relational-concerning the way two or more peopleor things are connected. We are relational beings. We love friendship andfamily and being apart of a loving environment.
MIXING BAD NEWS WITH GOOD NEWS Connecting with Entertainment Music, Movies, and social media have ability toproduce multiple messages that either complement theGospel or contend against the Gospel. We must always be mindful of who or what we allowto influence us!
MIXING BAD NEWS WITH GOOD NEWS Connecting with friends and family Anger-Proverbs 16:32; Ephesians 4:31 Bitterness-James 3:14-15; Ephesians 4:31 Forgiveness-Matthew 18:21-22
MIXING BAD NEWS WITH GOOD NEWS Physical-worshipping with our bodies Our bodies are temples meant to bring glory to theLord. -1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Sexual identity: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Sexual promiscuity: 1 Corinthians 6:12-18 Physical inhibitors: Drugs & Drinking -Eph.5:18
THE GOSPEL IS THE ONLY HOPE We must know the Word of God and Wash ourselveswith it daily! The Word of God will always weed out the Bad News! Psalm 119:105 2 Corinthians 10:5 John 6:68
WHY THE GOSPEL?It helps us clearly see God and if we can clearlysee God He can clearly see us and if He canclearly see us then that means that sin is farfrom us and if sin is far from us that means He istruly pleased with us and that should always beour ultimate aim.
LOVING THE AUTHOR OF THE GOSPEL “do not love the world or the thingsin the world. If anyone loves theworld, the love of the Father is not inhim. For all that is in the world—thedesires of the flesh and the desires ofthe eyes and pride of life—
LOVING THE AUTHOR OF THE GOSPEL is not from the Father but is fromthe world. And the world is passingaway along with its desires, butwhoever does the will of God abidesforever.”-1 John 2:15-17
THE AUTHOR Every one loves the story. We are a generation that livesfor the sequel. We love stories because of how it makes usfeel, it’s challenge us, convicts us, and inspires us to beswept up into the characters and their lives. God is theauthor of our salvation and has written a story much biggerthan any story man could ever write and he doesn’t want usto spectators in the story, but participants.
THE CHARACTERS There are three sets of characters in the story of God: The main character Jesus: It’s all about Jesus, not you! Those who love the Father Those who hate the Father
THE LOVERS We must always remember that it was God who first loved,not the other way around. –Rev. 2:4 Noah-Genesis 6:1-14 He walked with the Lord and built an ark despite thecriticism from all the people who thought he was crazy forbelieving that a flood was coming to cleanse the world ofwickedness. God spared him and his family.
THE LOVERS Abraham-Genesis 22:1-14 He loved the Lord so much so that he was willing to sacrificehis own son. The Lord saw that he feared Him and spared hisonly son by providing a ram for the sacrifice. Hannah-1 Samuel 1:1-28 She loved the Lord so much that she gave her only son,Samuel, to service of the Lord, because the Lord had provided.
THE LOVERS David- 1 Samuel 16:7 He is said to be a man after God’s on heart. He was notperfect but he did love the Lord and when he sinned heconfessed his sin to the Lord. He did many great things for theLord. The Disciples-The New Testament The Disciples of Jesus gave them even until death for thesake of the Gospel.
THE LOVER Jesus-Romans 5:8; John 15:13 These verses explains everything. There is no greater lover than Jesus. He is faithfullycommitted to lavishing His love on you every sec of everyhour of every day for all eternity and nothing will get in theway.-Romans 8:37-39
THE HATERS Pharaoh- Exodus 14:3-4 He is a punk. He thought he was the greatest man to liveand all had all power. God showed him otherwise. Ahab-1 Kings 16:30 He did evil in the sight of the Lord more than any otherking before him. He worshipped Baal and not the living Godof his fathers.
THE HATERS Jezebel-Revelation 2:20 This lady was bad. Enough said. Girls don’t be this girl. Pharisees- Matthew 23 They hated Jesus. They were teachers of the Law and knewScripture better than anyone, but couldn’t recognize the Godof the Scriptures when he was standing right in front ofthem. John 5:39-47
THE HATER El Diablo, Lucifer, or Stank face- 1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44 He despises the main character Jesus. He thought in hisheart that he was more magnificent than God. He thoughtwrong. He was not extended salvation and hates without anymercy the lovers of God.
IDENTIFYING A HATER The Jealous Joker This person loves world period. They don’t have to havethe things of the world their are bent on evil and being withworld. They don’t care about anything. They just want towatch the world burn. Your with Satan’s posse and yourtrying to cause as much havoc as you can. Your about hiswill, not God’s, because you love him and not God.
IDENTIFYING A HATER You make life chaos for those who really love you andcare for you. The sad part is you don’t care. You and the world are in starring roles. As long as youhave the world your alright. You are an assassin against God. Anything that hasassignment to bring God Glory your signing up to take it out.
IDENTIFYING A HATER The Gaudy Gold digger This person loves the trinkets and treasures the world’sgives. They do whatever the worlds wants to flaunt whateverthe world wants the others to see. They love the world for themoney, because their more about themselves and they willalign themselves with the world to gain the world’s pearls.
IDENTIFYING A HATER When things get tough and there’s tension between thelight and dark. They take dark’s side every time, becausethey love the things the world and don’t want to be apartfrom them. Fashion, popularity, pleasure, riches, success, comfort,etc. are their goals in life and they dig however deep theyneed to dig to get them. Very easy to sway.
IDENTIFYING A HATER They try to manipulate to get want they want They don’t like correction, but really don’t care. They saywhat they got say to keep their treasure. They rather gothrough the self checkout than being checked out. These people are billboards on the road of life marketingdeath to those on the way to God’s throne. They soldthemselves out for far lesser pleasures.
IDENTIFYING A HATER Confused carl & Carla The most dangerous group to me because their hard toidentify. These people have the Hannah Montana mentality,“they want the best of both worlds.” they like this mentalitybecause it allows them to have a passport into both camps,the Kingdom of light and the Kingdom of darkness.
IDENTIFYING A HATER They either stay neutral not taking a clear stance at all, ortheir standing up for both, because they don’t want to fight. You think by doing good things that it’s good enough tokeep your status as Christian, so everyone will think you area Christian, so you can put on your dancing shoes and danceit up with the world at night without anyone knowing. Smoke screen conviction
IDENTIFYING A LOVER Content Carl & Carla This people love God and truly have the Father abiding inthem. They find the world completely unfulfilling anddistasteful. Only God can satisfy them. Whether they aremarried or not, rich or poor, fame or no fame their hope isin Christ and Christ alone is their righteous. They are thereal deal and they make no deals with the world.
IDENTIFYING A LOVER Cautions: Remember it’s not Jesus and me, it’s Jesus and we God gifts you to serve mankind, not save mankind You will always be tempted to leave the One who calledyou until your in the ground. Do not listen to the world andit’s lies, abide in the Father and do His will and you shall liveforever
LOVER OR HATER? How will it end? Do you want to be remember as a Lover or Hater of God? John 8:12-30
LOVING MY ROLE IN THE GOSPEL“and he gave the apostles, theprophets, the evangelists, theshepherds and teachers, to equip thesaints for the work of ministry, forbuilding up the body of christ,
LOVING MY ROLE IN THE GOSPELUntil we all attain to the unity ofthe faith and of the knowledge of theson of god, to mature manhood, to themeasure of the stature of thefullness of christ,
LOVING MY ROLE IN THE GOSPELSo that we may no longer bechildren, tossed to and fro by thewaves and carried about by every windof doctrine, human cunning, bycraftiness in deceitful schemes.
LOVING MY ROLE IN THE GOSPELRather, speaking the truth in love,we are to grow up in every way intohim who his the head, into christ,from whom the whole body, joined andheld together by every joint withwhich it
LOVING MY ROLE IN THE GOSPELis equipped, when each part is workingproperly, makes the body grow so thatit Builds itself up in love.”-Ephesians 4:11-16
KNOWING YOUR ROLE Role: the function or part played by a person or thing in aparticular situation that is orchestrated by God. We all have universal roles and distinct roles to play in thestory of God. Our universal role is to worship God, glorify God, and loveGod with everything we are by making Him everywhere wego. John 4:23-24; Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 22:37-40
KNOWING YOUR ROLE Our distinct role is to worship God, glorify God, and loveGod with everything we are by making Him knowneverywhere we go through the specific gifts He has giveneach us. Ephesians 4:12; Romans 12:6-8 As a Christian we must all identify our role.
UNIVERSAL ROLES We have already discussed what it means to be lover ofGod lets look at what it means to be a child and follower ofGod. All believers are Sons and Daughters of God. These rolesstem from the love the Father has towards all sons anddaughters that we all should be called children of God. 1John 3:1; Eph. 4:14
UNIVERSAL ROLES A son savors the words of the Father. John 8:38 A son spends time with the Father. Mark 1:35 A son works hard for the Father. John 4:34; 1 Tim 5:8 A son must be blameless. Jude 24 A son must honor authority. Titus 3:1-2 A son must honors the family name. Philippians 1:27
UNIVERSAL ROLES A daughter savors the words of the Father. John 8:38 A daughter spends time with the Father. Mark 1:35 A daughter must know she is beautiful. Proverbs 31:10 A daughter must not adorn herself with the world, but witha gentle and quiet spirit. 1 Peter 3:3
UNIVERSAL ROLES We are all Brothers & Sisters in the family of God. Bro’s & Sis’s look out for each other. Galatians 6:2 Bro’s & Sis’s have a right relationship with each other.Ephesians 5:3 Bro’s & Sis’s work better together for the glory of the Lordthan apart. Ephesians 4:5 Bro’s & Sis’s always speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
UNIVERSAL ROLES We are all called to be co-labors and make disciples of allnations so that we may grow up into mature manhood andwomanhood and attain complete unity of the faith. 1 Thess.3:2; Matt. 28:19 Co-labors have to be sanctified into that role throughthemselves being discipled. What does that look like?
UNIVERSAL ROLES Spiritual babe: John 3:3; Hebrews 5:13(Children) Maturing Disciple: 1 John 2: 12-14(Young men) Multiplying Leader: 1 John 2:12-14(Young men) Co-Laborer: 1 Thess. 3:2; 1 John 2:12-14(Fathers)
DISTINCT ROLES We are all called to the ministry of reconciliation, but weall have distinct roles in carrying out that ministry. 2Corinthians 5:18 God has called us and has equip for a certain task hereon this earth. God never calls the equipped he equips the called.
DISTINCT ROLES What’s your role? God has given gifts. What’s your gift and how can you glorifythe Giver with it? Some will be called into ministry to equip the saints: Pastors,Teachers, Evangelists, Apostles, and Prophets. Some will be called into ministry in the secular world:Doctors, Lawyers, Athletes, Business, Politics, Social Services,Military.
BE A ROLE MODEL Where ever you may be in life you are called to glorify Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1(Christ is the Head) 1 Timothy 4:12 Use your influence to be influential for the Kingdom of God,not the Kingdom of self. Know your role, love you role so the body can functionproperly in seeing the world redeemed by Jesus.
THE GOSPEL IS THE GLORY FOR ALL NATIONS“so when they had come togetherthey asked him, “lord, will you at thistime restore the kingdom to israel?”he said to them, “it is not for you toknow times or seasons that the Father
THE GOSPEL IS THE GLORY FOR ALL NATIONSHas fixed by his own authority. Butyou will receive power when the holyspirit has come upon you, and you willbe my witnesses in jerusalem and in alljudea and samaria, and to the end ofthe earth.”
THE GOSPEL IS THE GLORY FOR ALL NATIONSAnd when he had said these things, asthey were looking on, he was lifted up,and a cloud took him out of theirsight. And while they were gazing intoheaven as he went, behold, tow menstood by them in white robes, and said,
THE GOSPEL IS THE GLORY FOR ALL NATIONSMen of galilee, why do you standlooking into heaven? This jesus, whowas taken up form you into heaven?This jesus, who taken up from you intoheaven, will come in the same way asyou saw him go into heaven.” –Acts 1:6-11
ARE YOU READY? Ni zhun bei hao le ma? (Are you ready?) While they were staying with Jesus in Jerusalem he gavethem final instructions and ascended into heaven. While theylooked up two angels asked, “Why are looking into heaven?”Jesus will come again. We got work to do son!
HE IS COMING BACK! Jesus is coming back for His Bride!-Acts 1:11; 1 Thess.4:13-18; John 3:29 We must be a blameless Bride that her Bridegroomdelights to be with and show off to all of creation. We must remember the Gospel will advance forwardwhether we choose to partake in it or not. Beyonce mentality- You are replaceable. Acts 1:24-26
THE GOSPEL JOURNEY The Gospel is the greatest story ever told and everyoneneeds to here it, because God desires for them to hear it anddraw near it! Ezekiel 18:32; 1 Timothy 4:2 There is nothing more exciting and fulfilling than livingand dying for the sake of the Gospel. Whether throughsuffering and success the glory of God is of the upmostimportance to the existence of a believer. 2 Cor. 11:24-33
THE GOSPEL JOURNEY Sharing the Gospel to the nations requires us to becontent in Christ, not comfortable in Christ. We must be willing to get dirty and get in the trench’swhere dead hearts lie and speak to them the Words of life. We must be willing to be the first ones to go. Why?Because no one is innocent. We must go with the church and through the church
THE GOSPEL JOURNEY Buddy evangelism; Brimstone evangelism Carrying a too heavy of a burden, and not carrying aburden at all. Being a coward and not a conquer. Do not fear for He is with You! Living pure and blameless is essential to our testimony tothe world. Rev. 21:8
THE GOSPEL JOURNEY The goal of the Gospel is to glorify Jesus and to fulfill thefollowers of Jesus. Preserver to the end. John 6:62; Acts 1:9 Don’t be on the outside looking in. Rev. 22:14-15 When you feel yourself swaying remember what you’velearned this week and cling to the cross and continue to makeyour boast in Christ and He shall see you through to the end.
WELCOME HOME Be the child in the family of God that loves their Fatherand embraces their purpose in the plan of His great love inredeeming the world through the finished work of the Son. Enter in my good and faithful servant.