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Living the Gospel

  1. 1. Living the Gospel
  2. 2. Blessings of Living the Gospel? Blessings of Living the Gospel
  3. 3. Blessings of Living the Gospel 1. Experience freedom from the grip of sin. 2. Derive strength and faith to live. 3. Delight in assurance of God’s love. 4. Cultivate a joy filled life. 5. Break the hold of legalism. 6. Enjoy the liberty of the cross. 7. Grow to be more like Jesus.
  4. 4. How Do I Live the Gospel?
  5. 5. How Do I Live the Gospel? 1. By living a life of continuous repentance and faith. 2. By preaching the gospel to yourself every day.
  6. 6. Life of Repentance
  7. 7. What is Repentance? It is a change of mind, that leads to a change of heart, that leads to a change in actions. This change involves both a turning from sin and a turning to God.
  8. 8. Life of Repentance Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. Revelation 2:5
  9. 9. Life of Repentance “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent,’ he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” Martin Luther
  10. 10. Life of Repentance Our life as Christians is one of continual repentance and faith. We never stop needing to repent and believe. It should be our desire to live all of life under the influence of the gospel.
  11. 11. Religion vs. Gospel In “religion” the purpose of repentance is basically to keep God happy so he will continue to bless us and answer our prayers. But in the gospel the purpose of repentance is to return to the joy of our union with Christ in order to weaken our desire to do anything contrary to God’s heart.
  12. 12. Religion vs. Gospel In “religion” the response to sin is remorse and resolution. In the gospel the response to sin is to realize and repent.
  13. 13. True vs. False Repentance True repentance deals with sins and the idols behind them. False repentance is only looking for a quick form of pain relief.
  14. 14. True vs. False Repentance True repentance deals with the heart. False repentance deals with feelings.
  15. 15. True vs. False Repentance True repentance is painful. False repentance avoids pain.
  16. 16. An Example
  17. 17. True vs. False Repentance Husband –says something hurtful to his wife. –later he says, “Sorry I hurt you, I shouldn’t have said that, will you forgive me?”. –wants her to forgive him right away so they can get their relationship “back to normal”.
  18. 18. True vs. False Repentance Wife –is still feeling the impact of the deeper sin behind the hurtful words. –the resentment, anger, and hatred in her husband’s heart which lie behind those hurtful words. –husband never deals the sin of his heart so the real problem is never dealt with.
  19. 19. Biblical Example of False Repentance Come, and let us return to the LORD for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth. Hosea 6:1-3
  20. 20. Biblical Example of False Repentance O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud, and like the early dew it goes away. Hosea 6:4
  21. 21. Biblical Example of False Repentance “ Woe to them, for they have fled from Me! Destruction to them, because they have transgressed against Me! Though I redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against Me. They did not cry out to Me with their heart when they wailed upon their beds… Hosea 7:13-14
  22. 22. Biblical Example of True Repentance Psalm 51
  23. 23. Prayer for Cleansing Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2
  24. 24. Confession of Sin For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:3-6
  25. 25. Prayer for Renewal and Restoration Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Psalm 51:7-12
  26. 26. Response of Worship Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; you do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:13-17
  27. 27. Prayer for Others Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bulls on Your altar. Psalm 51:18-19
  28. 28. Psalm 51 in Light of Jesus 1. Acknowledge Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins. 2. Confess your sins. 3. Pray for God to purify your heart and for restoration of fellowship with Jesus. 4. Response of worship to Jesus. 5. Pray for others.
  29. 29. Summary of Repentance 1. Conviction of Sin 2. Confession of Sin 3. Turning from sin to God 4. Restitution through Jesus 5. Restoration
  30. 30. Life of Faith
  31. 31. Life of Faith For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
  32. 32. Life of Faith For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
  33. 33. What is a Life of Faith? 1. Trusting God's integrity and acting on His promises. 2. Taking God at His Word no matter the circumstances. 3. Believing in God’s love more than in human reason.
  34. 34. What is Involved? 1. Renunciation and reliance 2. Trusting and believing 3. Knowing and acting
  35. 35. What is the Basis? 1. Nature and character of God 2. Holy Spirit 3. Word of God
  36. 36. How to Experience It 1. Ask God for faith. 2. Stop saying, "I can't" and start believing that God can! 3. Stop doubting and start trusting. 4. Develop a confident expectation in God. 5. Put your faith into action- get out of your comfort zone.
  37. 37. How Do I Live the Gospel?
  38. 38. Preach the Gospel to Yourself
  39. 39. Daily 1. Review, study and memorize the gospel. 2. Refresh your mind and heart of it’s truths and implications. 3. Remind yourself through the day.
  40. 40. Suggestions – C. J. Mahaney 1. Memorize Gospel verses 2. Pray the Gospel 3. Sing the Gospel 4. Review how the Gospel has changed you 5. Study the Gospel
  41. 41. Remember Life Before Jesus
  42. 42. Alienated, Ignorant, Blind having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; Ephesians 4:18
  43. 43. Spiritually Dead But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
  44. 44. Slave to Sin Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. John 8:34
  45. 45. Without Hope and God that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12
  46. 46. Condemned …one trespass led to condemnation for all men… Romans 5:18 (ESV)
  47. 47. Wrath of God But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2:5
  48. 48. Life Because of Jesus
  49. 49. Chosen and Loved by God Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
  50. 50. Reconciled Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ… 2 Corinthians 5:18
  51. 51. Adopted by God For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
  52. 52. Made Alive But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
  53. 53. Dead to Sin …reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:11
  54. 54. Justified and Redeemed being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Romans 3:24
  55. 55. Forgiven You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. Colossians 2:13 (NLT)
  56. 56. No Condemnation Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1 (NIV)
  57. 57. A New Creation Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  58. 58. Created for Good Works For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
  59. 59. Unsearchable Riches of Christ To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, Ephesians 3:8
  60. 60. Unsearchable Riches of Christ To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
  61. 61. Unsearchable Riches of Christ