Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing Slides, 4/22/12
For I delivered to you as of first importance whatI also received: that Christ died for our sins inaccordance with the Scriptures, that he wasburied, that he was raised on the third day inaccordance with the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV)
“The main thing is to keep the main thing themain thing.” –Stephen R. Covey
“The Gospel is the heart of the Bible. Everythingin Scripture is either preparation for the Gospel,presentation of the Gospel, or participation inthe Gospel.” –Dave Harvey
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism:1. "A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth."2. "God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions."3. "The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself."4. "God does not need to be particularly involved in ones life except when God is needed to resolve a problem."5. "Good people go to heaven when they die."
Now I would remind you, brothers, of thegospel I preached to you, which youreceived, in which you stand, and by whichyou are being saved, if you hold fast to theword I preached to you— unless youbelieved in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importancewhat I also received: that Christ died forour sins in accordance with the Scriptures,that he was buried, that he was raised onthe third day in accordance with theScriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (ESV)
I am astonished that you are so quicklydeserting him who called you in the grace ofChrist and are turning to a different gospel— notthat there is another one, but there are somewho trouble you and want to distort the gospelof Christ. But even if we or an angel fromheaven should preach to you a gospel contraryto the one we preached to you, let him beaccursed.
As we have said before, so now I say again: Ifanyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary tothe one you received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9 (ESV)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer Iwho live, but Christ who lives in me. And the lifeI now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son ofGod, who loved me and gave himself for me. Ido not nullify the grace of God, for ifrighteousness were through the law, then Christdied for no purpose.
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Itwas before your eyes that Jesus Christ waspublicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask youonly this: Did you receive the Spirit by works ofthe law or by hearing with faith? Are you sofoolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you nowbeing perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer somany things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
Does he who supplies the Spirit to you andworks miracles among you do so by works of thelaw, or by hearing with faith— Galatians 2:20-3:5 (ESV)
though I myself have reason for confidence inthe flesh also. If anyone else thinks he hasreason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:circumcised on the eighth day, of the people ofIsrael, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew ofHebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, apersecutor of the church; as to righteousnessunder the law, blameless.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for thesake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as lossbecause of the surpassing worth of knowing ChristJesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the lossof all things and count them as rubbish, in orderthat I may gain Christ and be found in him, nothaving a righteousness of my own that comes fromthe law, but that which comes through faith inChrist, the righteousness from God that depends onfaith— Philippians 3:4-9 (ESV)