THE GOSPEL IS AND MUCH MORE<br />1 THESSALONIANS 1:5 AND cf 1CORINTHIANS 15:1-4<br />Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant<br />Cf 1Corinthians 15:1-4<br />1Co 15:1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel….)<br /> 1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.<br /> 1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;<br /> 1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:<br /> <br />NOW I MAKE KNOWN TO YOU, BRETHREN, THE GOSPEL…..<br /><ul><li>The Gospel is not merely an introductory message to Christianity, or salvation, it is the message.
The means of continued sanctification in the life of the most mature believer.
In conversion, the journey began, and will continue the entire life and throughout eternity the discovery of the glories of God revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.</li></ul>WHAT DRIVES A BELIEVER’S TO CONTINUE TO HAVE AN UNUSAL PASSION FOR GOD AND THE KINGDOM?<br /><ul><li>A glimpse of the glory of the Gospel.
An ever-increasing, ever-deepening, understanding of what God has done for His people in the person and work of Jesus Christ
The more a saint comprehends its wonder, the more one will apprehended by its power</li></ul>“WHICH I PREACHED TO YOU:”<br />The Joel Osteen is the style today. Ed Young, Jr. , Mark Hoover - a tad more humility and candidness to other points of view – The Emergent – style. <br />WHY? They say…..<br /><ul><li>We simply must change the way we preaching because it just looks foolish to the world.
Our present culture cannot tolerate the type of preaching of our forefather preachers – Spurgeon.</li></ul>Cf 1 Corinthians 1:21, and Romans 1:22.<br />YET WE SHOULD PREACH WITH POWER<br /><ul><li>True gospel preaching will always be “foolishness” to every culture. To remove the offense and make preaching “suitable” diminishes the power the power of the Gospel.”</li></ul>“WHICH ALSO YOU RECEIVE.”<br />ONE:<br /><ul><li>To be saved, the Gospel must be received. But what does it mean to ‘receive?” Opposed of one another. The Gospel and the world possessions.
To receive the Gospel is to reject the world. To receive and follow the Gospel call is:
Reject personal self-sufficiency, right to self government so that you can enslave oneself to Jesus Christ.
Throw out the majority and its views, in order to look foolish to the world.</li></ul>TWO: “To receive or accept the Gospel”<br /><ul><li>To trust entirely in the person and work of Jesus Christ as the only way of right standing before God.
The Christian faith is select. To toss off every other hope in every other thing, but Christ alone. Cf. 1 Corinthians 15:19
Christ plus something else equal’s zero with God.
To receive one’s life to the LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST i.e. to live in unconditional submission to the Lord.Cf. Acts 2:36, Psa. 2:4-6. Matthew 10:16, 39.
The most reasonable thing to do is to follow Jesus Christ as LORD of your live. Cf. Romans 12:1
THE VERY CENTER OR FOCUS POINT OF OUR LIVES.</li></ul>He is omnipotent Creator, Sustainer of the universe, loved His people<br />THREE: “To receive the Gospel<br /><ul><li>To “receive” is to take the Gospel, Jesus Christ as the very source and sustenance of one’s life. That is, Jesus Christ is not a minor owner in your life. But Jesus becomes our life. Cf. John 6:53, Psa. 34:8</li></ul>TO RECEIVE….AND NEXT TO STAND UPON THE TRUTH.<br /><ul><li>One indication that one has truly received the Gospel is standing firm on the truth of the Gospel. Cf. 2:14-26.
Here is what happens when true saving faith is received: saving faith produces conviction that governs the will and determines activities, behavior, deeds. One lives his life in agreement with its truths.
It is one thing to make a profession of Faith in Christ; it is quite another to authenticate that profession with one’s life. One may say that he has “received, accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ” , but the question will remain, “DOES HE STAND UPON THE GOSPEL.”</li></ul>POINT TO BE MADE:<br /><ul><li>To argue that the reception of the Gospel produces real Gospel conviction is not saying that new Christians will not be immature or that mature Christians, will never struggle. Even the most saintly among us fight against sin and are loaded with many failures. </li></ul>HOWEVER:<br /><ul><li>In the midst of the struggle, adversities of life, it is going to be evident that they possess a deep conviction that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and they demonstrate a determination to stand upon it. Cf. Romans 14:4
They have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit of God and that same Spirit dwells within them. Though they battle with sin and their fallen flesh, a true conviction leading to righteousness is evident.</li></ul>….by which also you are saved, I Corinthians 15:2 <br />THE GREATEST PROMISE OF THE GOSPEL IS SALVATION. cf. Romans 10:13, 1 Peter 1:9<br /><ul><li>The whole purpose of Christ coming to die was to secure our salvation. There is no greater gift and the believers can have no greater hope.</li></ul>THE GIFT OF SALVATION: <br /><ul><li>Sinners by nature, and in deed, and corrupt in our total nature.
Deserved nothing less that eternal condemnation. </li></ul>But Christ: cf. Romans 5:6-10, Ephesians 2:13, Ephesians 1:7<br /><ul><li>Saved from our sin.
Brought into fellowship with Christ.</li></ul>IS THIS NOT ENOUGH TO MOTIVATE US TO LIVE FOR HIM WHO DIED IN OUR STEAD?<br />WHY DOES IT SEEM TODAY THAT THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL SALVATION ALONE NO LONGER SEEMS TO HAVE AS MUCH POWER TO ATTRACT MEN TO CHRIST?<br /><ul><li>Preachers are not preaching the certainty of judgment and the danger of hell.
Men cherish this world above the next. Romans 8:5, Hebrews 12:14.</li></ul>…..if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.<br /><ul><li>2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 1 Cor 15:1-2 (KJV)</li></ul>THE DOCTRINE OF THE “PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS.” <br /><ul><li>“IF.” Introduces a conditional clause. An explanation of the doctrine.
NO ONE who truly believes unto salvation will ever be lost to eternal destruction.
The grace and power of God that saved will also keep until that final day.
The evidence that they have truly believed is: they continue in the things of God and do not turn away.</li></ul>…..as of first importance… 3 For I delivered unto you first of all….1 Cor 15:2-3 (KJV)<br /><ul><li>There is no word or truth of greater importance than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, our passion should be to know the Gospel. Cf. Job 28:1-9, Hebrews 6:4-5</li></ul>WHY THEN IS A TRUE PASSION FOR THE GOSPEL SO SPARSE, <br />in the center of GOD’S PEOPLE? The Virtue of Candor in Preaching<br /><ul><li>Today the Gospel is a terribly compact or reduced version of the original. The Gospel cannot be contained in a tract. The Romans road of salvation, or the four laws are only the beginning.
Today the Gospel seems by many to be Christianity 101. Yet it should be our pursuit in life. </li></ul>……for I delivered to you, what I also received.<br />The gospel is to be handed down, and it is to be delivered. Cf. 1:11-12<br /><ul><li>There is only one true GOSPEL. It was born in the heart of God and handed down to the church through the Apostles.
The Gospel was not to be changed or adapted to the please the appetite of differing cultures.
Jude 1:3 and 2 Timothy 1:14</li></ul>EACH GENERATION OF CHRISTIANS MUST REALIZE THAT AN “ETERNAL” Gospel has been handed down to them. As stewards, it is our charge to preserve the Gospel without change.<br /><ul><li>Cf. 1 Timothy 4:15-16, 2 Timothy 3:5, 1 Corinthians 9:1, 1 Corinthians 15:2</li></ul>The Gospel is a very specific message in the Scriptures. <br /><ul><li>how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Cor 15:3-4 (KJV)</li></ul>WE ARE NOT ONLY CALLED TO PROCLAIM TRUTH BUT TO EXPLAIN IT TO OUR HEARERS.<br /><ul><li>Cf. Acts 8:26-35, 18:26, 17:1-3</li></ul>NOTE: The greatest Expositor of them all, Jesus Christ, who explained God to man in His incarnation, and explained the Gospel to His bewildered disciples on the road to Emmaus. Cf. John 1:18, Luke 24:27 <br />EXPLAINED or expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. i.e. He unfolded the meaning of something, explained, or expounded.<br /><ul><li>Men have sinned, and there are consequences. Proclaim Christ’s death. Declare His resurrection and ascension.
Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant, Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio 2008