The Good News of Jesus Christ

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Scripture Reading
1 Corinthians 15:1–11 ESV
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
Paul, after beating them up, want to encourage them with the Good News of Christ
Leaders, Church discipline, law suits, marriage, pride, etc
Easter Service
Too Good to pass up!
Focus last time on the it being news that you can trust
We can trust in the Gospel because of the testimony of of the Church
We can trust in the Gospel because of the testimony of Scripture
We can trust in the Gospel because of the testimony of credible eyewitnesses
We can trust in the Gospel because it changes lives
We can trust in the Gospel because it has always been a consistent message

What is this message?

Jesus died for our sins
All have sinned and are in need of being rescued or “saved” from it and its effects
Most think or say to themselves, “I’m not that bad”
Way of the Master Illustrations
Penalty - spiritual death, hell
2 Thessalonians 1:7–9 ESV
and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
The way is narrow
Matthew 7:13 ESV
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
Power of sin
Romans 6:12–13 ESV
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
Presence of sin
Galatians 1:3–5 ESV
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Jesus as the Son of God lived a perfect, sinless life
Jesus was buried
He took our sins to the grave
He paid the debt for sin that we owed
He died as a substitute for us
Jesus rose on the third day
He appeared to Cephas (Peter)
He appeared to the disciples
He appeared to over 500 people at one time
He appeared to James (Jesus brother) and all the apostles
He appeared to Paul
Victorious over sin and death!
His sacrifice was acceptable to God.

Response - How will you respond to God’s grace?

Jesus Commands us to believe and repent.
Jesus is coming again
No decision
Believe in vain (vs 2)
Paul’’s response
Saved by Grace not works
God’s grace was not in vain
Works harder than any
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