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2. The Big Picture - Gospel and Church - Notes
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2. The Big Picture - Gospel and Church - Notes


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  • 1. 2. The Big Picture - Gospel and ChurchKnowing the Big Picture helps us to answer the question, “What does God say life is all about?”It Also Helps Us to Answer Life’s Big Questions - Who? What? How? 1. Who am I? 2. What is my purpose? 3. How do I accomplish my purpose? The Big Picture Jesus       Gospel  Church  MissionAs we see it’s not about us, it’s about Jesus! Even Jesus said this!It’s About Jesus!!! 1. Jesus created the universe 2. Jesus sustains all things 3. Jesus will inherit all things 4. Jesus will judge everyone 5. Jesus will be King over allThe Big Picture - The GospelImportance of the GospelLuke 4:43 (NLT)But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, becausethat is why I was sent.”Romans 1:16 (NIV)I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone whobelieves…Definition of the GospelThe gospel is the good news of what God has done through His Son Jesus Christ to restore Hisreign and rule over all creation and bring reconciliation to all those who repent and place their trustin Jesus.Aspects of the Gospel 1. Understanding/Believing the gospel 2. Living the gospel 3. Proclaiming the gospel 4. Defending the gospelUnderstanding the Gospel 1. Growing in knowledge and understanding of the gospel. 2. Able to write out the gospel. 3. Able to clearly explain the gospel to others.You never leave the gospel to go onto other things. You only go deeper into it. 1
  • 2. Living the Gospel 1. Preach the gospel to yourself daily. 2. Live based on the truths of who you are in Christ. 3. Live a cruciform life. 4. Live a life of repentance and faith.Proclaiming the Gospel 1. Holy Spirit – need for prayer 2. Gospel – know it well 3. Testimony – your story & lifeDefending the Gospel (Questions you should be able to answer) 1. Why believe in God? 2. Why believe that the Bible is the Word of God? 3. Why does God allow evil and suffering? 4. Why does God send people to hell?The Big Picture - The ChurchWhat is the Church?The church is not a building! Ekklesia is the Greek word from which we get our word "church" from. An"ekklesia" is a gathering of people who have been called out for a purpose.David WellsWe have turned to a God we can use rather than a God we must obey; we have turned to a God who willfulfill our need rather than a God before whom we must surrender our rights to ourselves. He is a God forus, for our satisfaction-- not because we have learned to think of him in this way through Christ but becausewe have learned to think of him this way through the marketplace. Everything is for us, for our pleasure, forour satisfaction, and we have come to assume that it must be so in the church as well.Importance of the ChurchEphesians 3:10-11 (NLT)God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all theunseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carriedout through Christ Jesus our Lord.Matthew 16:13-15 (NLT)When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people saythat the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, andothers say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say Iam?”Matthew 16:16-18 (NLT)Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed,Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from anyhuman being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build mychurch, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV)As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—youalso, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritualsacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2
  • 3. 1 Corinthians 12:7, 27 (NLT)7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other… 27 All of you together areChrist’s body, and each of you is a part of it.The Church 1. Bride of Christ 2. Body of Christ 3. Family of GodGod as Trinity is our guide for our relationships with one another in the church.The Church is a community of people who belong to God through faith in Jesus Christ.The church is a community of imperfect people clinging to a perfect Christ who are being perfectedby grace. -- Jonathan DodsonThe Church is God’s people saved by God’s power for God’s purposes. -- Soma CommunitiesThe purpose of the church is to serve as an outpost of Jesus’ kingdom that makes the invisiblekingdom visible by the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit. -- Mark DriscollThe Church shows the world what it looks like to live under the reign and rule of Jesus.The church is a light, a city on a hill before a watching world. The Big Picture Jesus       Gospel  Church  Mission 3