03. What isnt the Gospel?


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The third study in our "Growing Deep in the Gospel" series. In this study we answer the question "What isn't the Gospel?" by looking at false gospels, the difference between religion and the gospel and three ways to live: be your own god, make yourself right with God and trust Jesus.

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03. What isnt the Gospel?

  1. 1. Growing Deep Growing Deep in the Gospel
  2. 2. The Big Picture Jesus Gospel Church Mission
  3. 3. What is the gospel? What is the Gospel?
  4. 4. Christ on Cross <ul><li>Christ died for our sins and rose again according to the scriptures. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Basic Gospel Outline <ul><li>Why we need Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>What Jesus did for us. </li></ul><ul><li>How we are reconciled to God through Jesus. </li></ul>Focus on Jesus
  6. 6. From Man’s Perspective <ul><li>We have a problem - separated from God due to sin- consequences: judgment, hell and wrath. </li></ul><ul><li>We need a solution - Jesus is the only solution- Jesus died for our sins. </li></ul><ul><li>How we acquire the solution for ourselves - repentance and faith. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What isn’t the gospel? What isn’t the Gospel
  8. 8. Plastic Fruit False Gospels
  9. 9. <ul><li>I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Galatians 1:6-7 </li></ul>False Gospels
  10. 10. <ul><li>But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. </li></ul><ul><li>Galatians 1:8-9 </li></ul>False Gospels
  11. 11. Danger Sign
  12. 12. <ul><li>This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says, ‘When you hear what I say, you will not understand. When you see what I do, you will not comprehend. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 13:14 </li></ul>Danger
  13. 13. <ul><li>For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes—so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 13:15 </li></ul>Danger
  14. 14. Lake of Fire
  15. 15. The World
  16. 16. Cool Dude
  17. 17. Satan
  18. 18. Two Directions
  19. 19. Lots of Cash
  20. 20. False Gospels <ul><li>Focus on something other than Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to our flesh. </li></ul><ul><li>Contrary to the Bible. </li></ul>
  21. 21. False Gospels <ul><li>The Jesus “Plus Something” Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>The “Me” Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>The “Health and Wealth” Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>The “It’s OK to Sin” Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>The “Go to Church” Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>The “Spiritual Experience” Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>The “Better World” Gospel </li></ul>
  22. 22. Jesus +
  23. 23. Looking at Self in Mirror
  24. 24. Luxury Home and Boat
  25. 25. Red Light District
  26. 26. Orthodox Church
  27. 27. Spiritual Experience
  28. 28. Earth in Hands
  29. 29. Religion vs. Gospel
  30. 30. What is Religion? <ul><li>Performance of ritualistic actions to obtain the favor of God. </li></ul><ul><li>What you do in order to be accepted by God. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Mark Driscoll
  32. 32. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION says, if I obey, God will love me. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL says, because God loves me, I can obey. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION has good people & bad people. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL has only repentant and unrepentant people. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION values a birth family. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL values a new birth. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION depends on what I do. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL depends on what Jesus has done. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION says do. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL says done. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION believes appearing as a good person is the key. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL believes that being honest is the key. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION has an uncertainty of standing before God. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL has certainty based upon Jesus’ work. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION is about me. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL is about Jesus. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION has the goal to get from God. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL has the goal to get God. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION sees Jesus as the means. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL sees Jesus as the end. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Religion vs. Gospel <ul><li>RELIGION ends in pride or despair. </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL ends in humble joy. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Three Lane Street Three Ways to Live
  44. 44. Tim Keller
  45. 45. C. S. Lewis
  46. 46. Three Ways to Live <ul><li>Be your own god. </li></ul><ul><li>Make yourself right with God. </li></ul><ul><li>Trust Jesus. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Throne
  48. 48. Be Your Own God <ul><li>I decide what is right and wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>I live for me, myself and I. </li></ul><ul><li>I choose what to worship, what to live for, what to seek happiness and find satisfaction in. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Be Your Own God <ul><li>The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 1:18-20 </li></ul>
  50. 50. Be Your Own God <ul><li>For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 1:21-23 </li></ul>
  51. 51. Be Your Own God <ul><li>Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 1:24-25 </li></ul>
  52. 52. Offering to gods
  53. 53. Church Service
  54. 54. Make Yourself Right <ul><li>Live for self and God. </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge God but only give Him part of heart – live a divided life. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to earn salvation – hoping good works will outweigh the bad. </li></ul>
  55. 55. Make Yourself Right <ul><li>All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 64:6 </li></ul>
  56. 56. Make Yourself Right <ul><li>“ Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 7:21-23 </li></ul>
  57. 57. Jesus Dead on Cross
  58. 58. Jesus on Throne
  59. 59. Trust Jesus <ul><li>Rest in the salvation Jesus made possible through His life and death. </li></ul><ul><li>Obey, serve and worship Jesus out of love not out of duty. </li></ul><ul><li>Live for Jesus. </li></ul>
  60. 60. Trust Jesus <ul><li>I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. </li></ul><ul><li>Galatians 2:20 </li></ul>
  61. 61. Three Ways to Live relationship legalism license gospel religion irreligion love duty rebellion grace and truth truth over grace grace over truth Trust Jesus Earn Acceptance Be Own God
  62. 62. Man Gives Flowers
  63. 63. Three Lane Street ?
  64. 64. Reflection <ul><li>What false gospels do you struggle with at times? </li></ul><ul><li>Which way of living do your thoughts, words and actions show you live the most? </li></ul>
  65. 65. Growing Deep Grow Deep!
  66. 66. Grow Deep! <ul><li>What you do with the gospel and Jesus determines everything in your life including your eternal destiny. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Grow Deep! <ul><li>Resolve to make the gospel the highest priority in your life and ask Jesus to empower you to do so day by day through the Holy Spirit. </li></ul>
  68. 68. Grow Deep! <ul><li>Take the time to study, meditate and pray over the gospel on a regular basis so that you are continually growing in your understanding of it. </li></ul>
  69. 69. Grow Deep! <ul><li>As you grow in your knowledge and understanding of the gospel take a hold of it by faith and learn how to live it out. </li></ul>
  70. 70. Last Word <ul><li>Take a hold of the gospel so Jesus can take a hold of you. </li></ul>
  71. 71. The End – Psalm 32:1-2 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule… Galatians 6:14-16