1. Why is the Gospel Important?


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The first teaching in the series "Growing Deep in the Gospel". In this teaching we answer the question "Why is the Gospel Important?" by looking at Romans 1:16, several other Bible verses and quotes from pastors and Christian authors. Then in light of the importance of the gospel we look at what we should do with the gospel.

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1. Why is the Gospel Important?

  1. 1. Why is the Gospel Important?
  2. 2. Growing DeepGrowing Deepin the Gospel
  3. 3. Why is the Gospel Important?
  4. 4. The Big Picture JesusGospel Church Mission
  5. 5. Apostle Paul
  6. 6. Importance of the Gospel to Paul To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Romans 1:7-8 (NKJ)
  7. 7. Importance of the Gospel to Paul I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. Romans 1:13-15 (NIV)
  8. 8. Importance of the Gospel to Paul For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, because it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes… Romans 1:16 (NIV 84)
  9. 9. Importance of the Gospel to Paul When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (NIV)
  10. 10. Why the Gospel is ImportantFor I am not ashamed of the gospel,because it is the power of God thatbrings salvation to everyone whobelieves… Romans 1:16 (NIV)
  11. 11. Power = Dunamis
  12. 12. Volcano & Lightning
  13. 13. The Universe
  14. 14. Salvation = Rescue
  15. 15. SalvationJustification – Beginning Sanctification – Middle Glorification – End
  16. 16. Salvation Justification – BeginningJustification is God declaring thosewho receive Christ to be righteous,based on Christ’s righteousnessbeing imputed to those who receiveChrist through repentance and faith.
  17. 17. Jesus on CrossJustification – Beginning Jesus Photo
  18. 18. Salvation Sanctification – MiddleThe process of being conformedmore and more into the likeness ofChrist through the work of the HolySpirit and God’s Word within acommunity of believers called achurch.
  19. 19. Jesus Carrying Cross
  20. 20. Salvation Glorification – EndGlorification is the completion,the consummation, theperfection, the full realization ofsalvation.
  21. 21. Jesus Returns
  22. 22. Jesus on Throne
  23. 23. New Jerusalem
  24. 24. Salvation Justification – Penalty of SinSanctification – Power of Sin Glorification – Presence of Sin
  25. 25. CJ Mahaney Speaking
  26. 26. Why the Gospel is Important“If there’s anything in life we shouldbe passionate about, it’s the gospel.And I don’t mean passionate onlyabout sharing it with others; I meanpassionate in thinking about thegospel, reflecting upon it, rejoicingin it, allowing it to color the way welook at the world and all of life.” C. J. Mahaney
  27. 27. Why the Gospel is Important“… very small errors in a person’sunderstanding of the Gospelseemed to result in very bigproblems in that persons life.” C. J. Mahaney
  28. 28. Why the Gospel is Important“Early in my Christian life, I thought theGospel was the message to win people toChrist, then, in disciple-making, onemoved on to “deeper things.” What afallacy! You never move beyond theGospel. You go deeper and higher withthe Gospel, but never beyond theGospel.” P.J. Miller
  29. 29. Why the Gospel is Important“We never “get beyond the gospel” in ourChristian life to something more“advanced.” The gospel is not the first“step” in a “stairway” of truths, rather, itis more like the “hub” in a “wheel” oftruth. The gospel is not just the A-B-C’sbut the A-Z of Christianity. The gospel isnot just the minimum required doctrinenecessary to enter the kingdom, but theway we make progress in the kingdom.” Tim Keller
  30. 30. Why the Gospel is Important“The gospel is not only the mostimportant message in all of history;it is the only essential message in allof history.” Jerry Bridges
  31. 31. Greek Bible
  32. 32. Why the Gospel is ImportantBut he replied, “I must preach theGood News of the Kingdom of Godin other towns, too, because that iswhy I was sent.” Luke 4:43 (NIV)
  33. 33. Jesus teaching crowd
  34. 34. Why the Gospel is ImportantFor even the Son of Man did notcome to be served, but to serve, andto give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 (NIV)
  35. 35. Jesus Dead on Cross
  36. 36. Why the Gospel is ImportantThis will happen when the Lord Jesus isrevealed from heaven in blazing fire withhis powerful angels. He will punish thosewho do not know God and do not obeythe gospel of our Lord Jesus. They willbe punished with everlasting destructionand shut out from the presence of theLord and from the glory of his might. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 (NIV)
  37. 37. Jesus on Horse
  38. 38. Why the Gospel is ImportantIt is like a person building a house whodigs deep and lays the foundation onsolid rock. When the floodwaters rise andbreak against that house, it stands firmbecause it is well built. But anyone whohears and doesn’t obey is like a personwho builds a house without a foundation.When the floods sweep down against thathouse, it will collapse into a heap ofruins.” Luke 6: 48-49 (NLT)
  39. 39. Foundation
  40. 40. Storm Clouds
  41. 41. Tsunami Destruction
  42. 42. Rock Foundation
  43. 43. Why the Gospel is ImportantNow to him who is able to strengthenyou according to my gospel and thepreaching of Jesus Christ… Romans 16:25 (ESV)
  44. 44. Woman Bench Pressing
  45. 45. Why the Gospel is Important Strengthen, EstablishStērizō - 1) to make stable, placefirmly, set fast, fix 2) to strengthen,make firm 3) to render constant,confirm ones mind.
  46. 46. Woman Bench Pressing
  47. 47. Why the Gospel is ImportantBut when I saw that their conductwas not in step with the truth of thegospel Galatians 2:14 (ESV)
  48. 48. Lighthouse
  49. 49. Why the Gospel is ImportantI am astonished that you are soquickly deserting the one who calledyou to live in the grace of Christ andare turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all.Evidently some people are throwingyou into confusion and are trying topervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6-7 (NIV)
  50. 50. Torah Scroll
  51. 51. Lots of Cash
  52. 52. Three Lane StreetThree Ways to Live
  53. 53. Three Ways to Live1. By the Law - Legalism2. Against the Law - License3. By the Gospel - Grace
  54. 54. Living by Law - LegalismLegalism is adding our own effortsand works to what Jesus did toeither attain or maintain ourjustification before God and/or toearn or keep God’s favor by what wedo. Jesus + works = legalism
  55. 55. Against the Law - LicenseMoreover the law entered that the offensemight abound. But where sin abounded,grace abounded much more, so that assin reigned in death, even so grace mightreign through righteousness to eternallife through Jesus Christ our Lord. Whatshall we say then? Shall we continue insin that grace may abound? Well then,should we keep on sinning so that Godcan show us more and more of hiswonderful grace? Romans 5:20-6:1 (NLT)
  56. 56. Against the Law - LicenseMeans “against the law” or “lawlessness”and is the belief that there are no morallaws God expects Christians to obey. It isthe unbiblical practice of living withoutregard to the righteousness of God, usingGods grace as a license to sin, andtrusting grace to cover willful sin. Jesus + abuse of grace = License to sin
  57. 57. Against the Law - LicenseWell then, should we keep on sinning sothat God can show us more and more ofhis wonderful grace? Romans 6:1 (NLT)
  58. 58. Against the Law - LicenseOf course not! Since we have died to sin,how can we continue to live in it? Or haveyou forgotten that when we were joinedwith Christ Jesus in baptism, we joinedhim in his death? For we died and wereburied with Christ by baptism. And just asChrist was raised from the dead by theglorious power of the Father, now we alsomay live new lives. Romans 6:2-4 (NLT)
  59. 59. Three Lane Street
  60. 60. Blessings of the Gospel1. Aligns our knowledge and understanding of God, ourselves and everything else with reality.2. Moves us to love God and people.3. Fills our lives with joy and thanksgiving.4. Gives meaning and purpose to our lives and changes our priorities.5. Guides us as we live out our lives.
  61. 61. Danger Sign
  62. 62. Satan
  63. 63. Why is the Gospel Important?
  64. 64. The Gospel is Important1. Because it was the reason that God the Father sent Jesus.2. Because it provides the means to avoid judgment, hell and wrath.3. Because it gives us a rock-solid foundation on which to build our lives.4. Because it strengthens us spiritually.
  65. 65. The Gospel is Important5. Because it guides us on how to live the best life.6. Because it keeps us from being deceived by false gospels.7. Because it keeps us from falling into legalism or licentiousness.8. Because it provides the means to avoid judgment, hell and wrath.
  66. 66. One Fingers in Air
  67. 67. Why the Gospel is ImportantFor I am not ashamed of the gospelof Christ, because it is the power ofGod to salvation for everyone whobelieves… Romans 1:16 (NIV 84)
  68. 68. ReectionDoes your life reflect that the gospelis important to you?What changes do you feel the Lordwants you to make in your life inlight of the gospel?
  69. 69. Growing DeepGrow Deep!
  70. 70. Grow Deep!What you do with the gospel andJesus determines not only youreternal destiny but how you live inthe here and now.
  71. 71. Grow Deep!Resolve to make the gospel thehighest priority in your life and askJesus to empower you to do so dayby day through the Holy Spirit.
  72. 72. Grow Deep!Take the time to study, meditate andpray over the gospel on a regularbasis so that you are continuallygrowing in your understanding of it.
  73. 73. Grow Deep!As you grow in your knowledge andunderstanding of the gospel take ahold of it by faith and learn how tolive it out.
  74. 74. Last Word Take a hold of the gospel soJesus can take a hold of you!
  75. 75. Invitation from Jesus
  76. 76. Walking on PathThe Gospel Journey Take a hold of the gospel