Review of the Gospel SeriesWhy People Refuse to Believe in God (according to the Bible) 1. Their hearts are deceitful, wicked, darkened and hard. 2. They love sin and darkness; hate God and the light; want to be their own god. 3. They are alienated from God and His life. 4. Their minds are corrupt, they suppress the truth, their thinking is futile, they are ignorant and are enemies in their minds. 5. They are not thankful. 6. They are prideful and arrogant. 7. They are blinded by Satan.Why Unbelief? (general reasons) 1. Christians Behaving Badly 2. Bad Things Happen 3. Unmet Expectations 4. Father Problem 5. Social Pressures 6. Cost of Following Jesus 7. Sexual ImmoralityObservation: Many of these “reasons” result from a wrong understanding of God.It is not one’s thinking that keeps them from God but rather the issues in their heart.Why Did Jesus Come?Jesus didnt come to make bad people good but to make dead people alive!Luke 19:10 (NIV)For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”Luke 4:43 (NIV)But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns,too, because that is why I was sent.”What is the Gospel?The Heart of the GospelChrist died for our sins and rose again according to the scriptures. (1 Cor. 15:3-4)Three Questions - Focus on Jesus 1. Why do we need Jesus? 2. What did Jesus do for us? 3. How do we receive salvation through Jesus?
Gospel Outline1. Why We Need Jesus • Sin • Spiritual death • Physical death • Judgment • Hell • Wrath of God • Eternal death2. What Jesus Did For Us • Created the universe and everything in it • Born of a virgin and became a man • Lived a sinless life • Went to the cross • Had all of our sin placed upon Him • Separated from the Father • Suffered our punishment, experiencing the full wrath of the Father for our sins • Died on the cross • Placed in a tomb • Rose from the dead • Ascended to the right hand of the Father • Waiting to return and restore the Kingdom of God over all creation3. How do we receive salvation through Jesus? • Repentance • FaithWhy Do We Need Jesus?What is Sin?Begins with Unbelief (Satan works in our lives the same way he did Eve &Adam) 1. Doubt God’s word 2. Doubt God’s character 3. Doubt God’s goodness and provision 4. Told to take control and be like GodHow Sin Begins and What it Results in 1. Unbelief 2. Idolatry 3. Rebellion 4. Breaking God’s law 5. Denying God His glory
What are the Consequences of Sin? 1. If you die physically without Jesus you only have one thing to look forward to. 2. The Great White Throne Judgment 3. Hell, Lake of Fire, Gehenna (different terms of the same place) 4. Everlasting Punishment 5. It will burn everything around you so you have nothing. (my thoughts)The Bible’s Description of Hell (from Charlie H. Campbell) • Outer darkness (Matthew 25:30) • Weeping (Matthew 8:12) • Wailing (Matthew 13:42) • Gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50) • Flames (Luke 16:24) • Everlasting fire (Matthew 25:41) • A furnace of fire (Matthew 13:42) • Separation from the righteous (Matthew 25:46) • Eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:9) • Torment (Luke 16:23) • Everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46) • The lake of fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19:20)What Jesus Did For Us? 1. Born of a virgin and became a man 2. Sinless life 3. Sacrifice on the cross 4. ResurrectionC. S. LewisThe Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.What Jesus Accomplished for Us through His Life and Death 1. God’s justice and wrath were satisfied for our sin. 2. Paid the price for our sin. 3. Declared righteous and our sin forgiven. 4. Reconciled with God. 5. Adopted into the family of God.What Jesus Accomplished for Us through His Resurrection 1. Proved He was the Son of God 2. Proved His victory over sin and death 3. Proved that resurrection is real 4. Proved He will judge the world with justice 5. Provided us with hopeWhat is that hope? To be reconciled to God through Jesus and live with Him forever.How Do We Receive Salvation through Jesus?Important to Know that Jesus is the Only WayWhy? Because only He took care of our sin problem by suffering the punishment forit.
1 John 5:11-12And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Hewho has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.What Must We Do to be Rescued from Sin?Acts 20:20-21 - Repentance and FaithYou know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to youbut have taught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both Jewsand Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our LordJesus.What is Repentance? 1. Conviction of Sin 2. Confession of Sin 3. Turning from sin to God 4. Restitution through Jesus 5. RestorationWhat is Faith?Belief → Trust → EmbraceHead → Heart → ActionWhat is Saving Faith? 1. Believing that the gospel is true and that Jesus is the Messiah. 2. Trusting in the gospel and Jesus, who is the object of faith. 3. Embracing the gospel and Jesus and living your life accordingly.Summary: Rebellion Surrender SubmissionJesus is King of kings and Lord of lords and all those who are His submit to His ruleby trusting and obeying Him.Paul TrippThe fundamental difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of self iscaptured by one question. Who resides at the center?You are in rebellion against God and there is a price that has to be paid for it.Someone will pay the price for your sins. Will it be YOU or JESUS?You can learn more about Jesus and the gospel at despreisus.roRemember - Jesus didnt come to make bad people good but to make deadpeople alive!