Meaning of Gospel in Jesus’ Day <ul><li>In Jesus’ day the word “gospel” was an important message of “good news” that was proclaimed on behalf of a king. </li></ul><ul><li>“ good news” of his new reign as king </li></ul><ul><li>“ good news” of the birth of a son </li></ul><ul><li>“ good news” of his victory in battle </li></ul>
Meaning of Gospel in Jesus’ Day After John was put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God. He said, “The time has now come, the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe this good news.” Mark 1:14-15
Basic Gospel Message <ul><li>Why we need Jesus - sin, death, judgment, hell and wrath (eternal death- separation from God forever) </li></ul><ul><li>What Jesus did for us - became a man, sinless life, cross, death, punishment, wrath and resurrection </li></ul><ul><li>How we can be restored in our relationship with God and receive eternal life - through Jesus by repentance and faith </li></ul>
What is Sin? Sin is denying God His rightful place in your heart and life and seeking to be your own god by making something else more important to your significance, purpose, and happiness than your relationship to God.
What is Sin? Against You, and You alone have I sinned… Psalm 51:4
Consequences of Sin <ul><li>For the wages of sin is death… </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 6:23 </li></ul>
Judgment Day Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books…
Judgment Day The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15
Lake of Fire If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched… Mark 9:43
Lake of Fire He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36
What Jesus Did For Us Lived a sinless life Went to the cross Took our punishment Experienced the full wrath Died, separated from the Father Rose from the dead
Lived a Sinless Life For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
Gave Us His Righteousness For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Lamb of God The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
He Suffered Our Punishment Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5
He Died In Our Place … And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8
By His Blood Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Romans 5:9
Proved He was the Son of God … and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 1:4
Provided Us with Hope Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3
How Do We Receive What Jesus Did? How Do We Receive Restoration and Eternal Life?
Through Jesus Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25
And Only Jesus! And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12
New Jerusalem How Do We Receive Eternal Life Through Jesus?
Repentance and Faith … how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:20-21
Definition of Repentance The Greek word for repentance is metanoia . It means to change one’s mind.
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.
What is Repentance? <ul><li>Conviction of Sin </li></ul><ul><li>Confession of Sin </li></ul><ul><li>Turning from sin to God </li></ul><ul><li>Restitution through Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>Restoration </li></ul>
Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:13 Repentance
Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 Repentance
Luke 13:3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 Repentance
John 12:40 He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.” John 12:40 (quoting Isaiah 6:10) Repentance
Acts 3:19, 17:30 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, Acts 3:19 and 17:30 Repentance
Acts 26:20 … but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. Acts 26:20 Repentance
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 Repentance
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 Repentance
One Who is Truly Repentant <ul><li>1. Realizes in their heart that they have sinned against God and deserve to be punished. </li></ul><ul><li>Agrees with God that they deserve judgment, hell and the wrath of God because of their sin. </li></ul><ul><li>Understands that sin cannot exist in the presence of God for His holiness will not allow it. </li></ul>
One Who is Truly Repentant <ul><li>4. Knows there is nothing they can do in order to make themselves right with God for their sin. </li></ul><ul><li>Accepts what the gospel says with joy and turn in their hearts from sin to God placing their faith in Jesus and everything He did for them. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Lives a life in keeping with repentance. </li></ul>
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 What is Faith?
What is Faith? “ A reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.” John Stott
What is Faith? Faith is: 1. Belief that the gospel is true and that Jesus is the Messiah. 2. Trust in the gospel and Jesus, who is the object of faith. 3. Taking a hold of and committing yourself to the gospel and Jesus and living your life accordingly.
John 1:12-13 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. John 1:12-13 Faith, Belief, Trust, Commit
Romans 3:21-26 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… Faith, Belief, Trust, Commit
Romans 3:21-26 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26 Faith, Belief, Trust, Commit
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Faith, Belief, Trust, Commit
Philippians 3:9 … and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. Philippians 3:9 Faith, Belief, Trust, Commit
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God… Hebrews 11:6 Faith, Belief, Trust, Commit