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The Gospel of Jesus Christ

  1. 1. The Gospel of Jesus Christ Nicholas Curtis
  2. 2. Background  1 Corinthians 15:3-4  1 Corinthians 2:21  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the POWER of GOD unto SALVATION to those who believe Romans 1:16
  3. 3. Dilemma  Sin separated God from man.  Mankind was in slavery to sin  Sin kept mam in bondage, keeping him from who he truly was  Man could not obey God’s law perfectly  Man did not have fulfillment, was lost, without hope.
  4. 4. Dilemma  The strength of sin is the law 1 Corinthians 15  The law was the schoolmaster unto Christ  Told us how much we needed a savior  The law does not have the power to make one holy
  5. 5. Dilemma  Without God, we cannot do anything  We cannot live uprightly without trusting in Jesus Christ.  No one is right with God apart from Jesus. No one can be with him while being enslaved to sin.  Obeying God’s laws will not make one righteous Romans 3  Neither will our works---Isaiah 64:6  True peace and fulfillment is only found in Jesus Christ
  6. 6. Dilemma  Sin must be punished  Fires of Hell  Forever  No one can save himself. Jesus said whoever tries to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  Our life we must lose-our self-centered life
  7. 7. Solution  For by grace are we saved through faith, not of ourselves, it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8  And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free John 8:32  Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me John 14:6
  8. 8. What is Grace? A better question is who is grace? Jesus Christ
  9. 9. The Gospel Made Simple  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes on him shall not perish, but we have everlasting life.  St. John 3:16
  10. 10. One facet of Grace is getting what we do not deserve  Unmerited favor  We walked away from God in the garden, we deserved to go to Hell.  We were enemies of God. Far off…  We had a debt we could not pay  But God sent Jesus do die in our place as the final sacrifice for our sins.  …but brought nigh by the blood of Christ (Romans 5:6-7)
  11. 11. True Love of God  God accepts us for who we are  He loves us unconditionally so that we can be free from sin, and walk in his light.  He sent his son Jesus, so that we can be restored back to the father and have a loving relationship with him. 2 Corinthians 5
  12. 12. Not of ourselves…it is the gift of God Not of our works, lest any man boast  This is nothing we can do, its God’s gift back to us. All we need to do is receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Nothing we can do can earn God’s righteousness or maintain our righteousness.  No additional effort on our part (God does the repentance for us)  Nothing we can do to earn God’s love.  It is received by faith, trusting in his love.  Faith in God means you are repenting from a lifestyle of sin into a Godly lifestyle.
  13. 13. Because of Jesus  It is Because of Jesus that we:  Are Holy (Colossians 2:10)  Have Joy and Peace (Ephesians 2:14, Philippians 4:4)  Are Successful (Philippians 4:13)  Are Complete (Colossians 2:10)  Are Satisfied  Can walk in him.  It’s really all about him, not about us  He gave us our positions, our food, our home (Psalms 23, 68), so the focus needs to be in him, not in ourselves.  Everything is THROUGH Jesus
  14. 14. The Non-negotiable Elements of the Gospel of Christ (2 John 6-9)  Christ was born of a virgin (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14)  Jesus Christ is both God and Man (John 10:30)  Jesus Christ Alone is Sufficient (Galatians 3)  Christ was born in Bethlehem (Micah 7)  Christ fulfilled the law, was obedient unto death (Romans 10:4, Philippians 2)  Christ died for our sins (Mark 15)  Christ was buried (Mark 15)  Christ rose again (Mark 16) (1 Cor 15)  Anyone who believes on him shall receive eternal life (John 3:16)
  15. 15. Responding to This Gospel  Got to Receive by faith (Romans 10:9-10)  Prepare your hearts to receive.  Trust, not merely have head knowledge (James 2:14-26)  Trust that Christ paid for your sins, and that you want to be reconciled to him.  You want to be free from sin so you can walk in the light. (John 8:32-36)
  16. 16. Recognizing Sin  Blessed are the poor in spirit  When one realizes how poor they are without Christ, and how sin has robbed them of true fulfillment…they will want to turn to Christ to pay that off.  Many people trust that Christ paid their sin debt in full…but do not want anything to do with living for God. They missed the gospel by a long shot.  Believing in Christ means that you want to turn from slavery to sin and become new in Christ. It’s a change of heart that only God can do (Acts 3:26). Its our part to believe in Christ for the remissions of our sins and he does the turning for us.
  17. 17. Recognizing Sin  Sin is deadly and it causes us to have misery in our lives. It is not fun.  It causes us to be separated from true peace and Joy.  It fills us up with pride, which always leads us to destruction.
  18. 18. The Nature of Grace  Grace is not a license to sin, like some say  Grace is an empowerment to live a righteous, joyous and peaceful life (Romans 14:7)  Grace wants to set us free from sin, and help us be more like him and in him everyday.  Grace causes us to deny ourselves (Mark 8:34) and turn to him and trust in him.  Grace is the empowerment to do the work God has created you.
  19. 19. The Nature of Grace  God loves us all  Nothing can separate  But God loves us so much that he wants us to restore us to what were created us to be.  He does not approve of sin.  But he loves us so we can repent and live for him  Grace is all about being reconciled to the father and serving him.  Deny Our Own Ambitions, Take up our cross, and follow him. Mark 8:34
  20. 20. Its already done Jesus already paid for our sins, past, present and future (God is outside of time) (Galatians 2:13) The war in the spiritual realm is over. He already has done everything in how word…we just have to receive it by faith. Walk as if its already done.
  21. 21. How to Respond  Confess with Your Mouth  Believe in Your Heart  Romans 10:9-10  Confess & Believe that Christ died for you, was buried and risen again. Believe in your heart that he did die for you so you can be with God forever.  Its very simple. You do not have to say a prayer to get saved, but you must confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord and believe in your heart that he is risen and still lives today.
  22. 22. Trust Only in Jesus  Through Jesus and him alone we are saved  Jesus paid it all for me.  Trust in his sacrifice to cleanse you from all unrighteousness, not yourself to make you right with God.
  23. 23. If you trusted in Jesus today  You are a new creature  You (your sinful self) is dead and your life is hid with God (Colossians 3:3)  You are buried with him (Romans 6)  You are risen with him (Romans 6)  You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:7)  God has imputed Righteousness to you through Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17)  Meaning, your spirit is changed  The Holy Spirit bears witness with your spirit, he will never leave you. (Romans 8)
  24. 24. In Christ You Are…  The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  Ambassadors for Christ  Joint-Heirs to God’s throne  Accepted  Worthy to be Called His Son  Competent  Holy
  25. 25. In Christ You Have… Colossians 2:10 2 Peter 1:3  Hope  Faith  Purity  Joy  Everything You Need  Fulfillment
  26. 26. In Christ, You Have A…  Relationship with the Father  Relationship with the Son  Relationship with the Holy Spirit
  27. 27. With the Father  You can come to him and ask him for anything you need, through his son  You can trust that he will meet every one of your needs, through his son.  You can have a healthy relationship with him and experience him in your day life, through Jesus.
  28. 28. With the Son  You are the Bride of Christ  You can have anything through him  You are created to be like Christ  You are to model him to please the father.  Christ is your intercessor, he intercedes for those who trust him as their savior.
  29. 29. With the holy spirit  The Holy Spirit Convicts us of who we are in him. He guides us on the right path.  He guides us into all truth  He tells us what the father and the son want to tell us. He gets everything through them  He comforts and edifies us. He helps us and gives us peace and joy.  He helps us along the righteous path.
  30. 30. Walking By Faith Grace-Second Facet- Empowerment to Serve God to do Good Works  The same way you receive Christ is the same way you walk in him…In Christ  We are his workmanship created to do good works (Hebrews 11)  Trust in God along the way as you walk by faith. You cannot walk while sitting down.  We rely on Jesus and not ourselves to make us into the person God’s called us to be. Its by faith in him to finish the work in us  Salvation is Justification, Sanctification, and glorification.  Its all about living in God’s kingdom. You’re now a part of God’s family, and you are entitled to many privileges so take advantage of them.  When you are justified, you are born again, when you are being sanctified, you are growing up in Christ and when you are glorified, that’s the final deliverance from sin.
  31. 31. Freedom in Christ  You are free to walk by faith in him  You are free to be yourself, the righteousness of God in Christ.  You do not need a list of rules to govern your relationship with God, it is all done through love.  Relationships are done through love, not law.  Since God loves you, you do things because of God’s Love.
  32. 32. Being Yourself  Legalism will try to tell a person that they have to be this or that to be a real Christian.  You already are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  See yourself the way God sees you, and you will act the way God wants you to act.  Take authority by declaring God’s word and living it out. Satan will mess with you, but keep declaring God’s word.  Accept God’s love and do not try to win people’s approval.
  33. 33. Third Facet of Grace- Accepting God’s Approval  Those who haven’t accepted God’s approval will try to find approval in man.  Only God’s approval one needs.  When we do, we can be accepting towards others and please them so they can come to know Christ.  We can love others without being in bondage to others.  We can love without being in bondage/
  34. 34. The Gospel is Still Relevant  Even after you are born again, it’s the same gospel that keeps you moving forward.  Its because of him we have everything.  In everything give thanks, for it is the will of God for us (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  It is in him we live and move our being.
  35. 35. Developing our Relationship with God  Spend time with him  Get to Know him  Develop Your faith in him by growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Basically in a nutshell…Grow in Christ.  Let Christ consume you and be everything to you.  Its all about Jesus when it comes down to it.  Walk in him, stay free from sin.  Forgive others and love others and show the same love of God to others.
  36. 36. Loving Others  Serve others the same way you serve God, by loving them with the same love God loves you with.  Be interested in pleasing them (in a non-manipulative way) for their edification so they can come to know Jesus. Do not compromise so you can win others. It does not work that way.  Pleasing others the right way means putting people into the equation when you communicate. Be interested genuinely in them and love them unconditionally. You do not have to do or allow anything that is ungodly.  Don’t judge others, show them compassion and love for their wretchedness so they can come to know the Lord.  This is a hot-button issue because many people want us to love them and support their causes. Many people justify their own behavior and say God still loves them, but God doesn’t approve and neither shall we. We need to love others and serve the world so they can know Christ.  Be an example to others, and love the people around you. Religious spirits want to manipulate and control and put down, but Genuine love is respectful and gentle and shows others compassion. It lets Go, and lets God.
  37. 37. Personal Discipleship  Add to your faith…virtue  And to virtue…knowledge  And to knowledge…temperance  And to temperance…perseverance  And to perseverance…Godliness  And to Godliness….brotherly kindness  And to Brotherly Kindness….Love  2 Peter 1:5-8  Develop your faith by reading God’s word and staying in prayer. Find someone to hold you accountable.
  38. 38. Corporal Discipleship  Find people in your life that will guide you in the right direction.  Get plugged into a church where you can grow spiritually and be accountable to one another.  Remove this independent egotistical spirit that wants it your way. You need others so serve the brethren and offer help to anyone who needs it.
  39. 39. The Result of Changed Lives  Fruit of the Spirit is:  Love  Joy  Peace  Patience  Kindness  Gentleness  Faithfulness  Goodness  Self-control Developped Faith: 1. Virtuous 2. Well-Knowledged 3. Well-Disciplined 4. Perseverant 5. Godly 6. Kind 7. Loving
  40. 40. Final Word  Neither circumcision or uncircumcision profits anything, but faith, which works through Love Galatians 5:6