Making the Gospel Real

  • Reasons for a disconnect between life and the gospel
    • Churchianity
      • 2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness but denying its power
      • 1 Corinthians 4:19 Not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power
      • James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there
    • Ignorance
      • 2 Timothy 3:7 Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth
      • 1 Corinthians 8:1 Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up
      • Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge
  • Seeing the gospel through life
    • Limitations of the outsider
      • 1 Corinthians 2:14 Nor can he know them for they are spiritually discerned
      • Romans 5:5 The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us
      • Hebrews 10:22 Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience
      • 2 Corinthians 3:15 The veil is taken away in Christ
      • John 1:5 The darkness comprehended it not
    • Competition for the outsider’s attention
      • Romans 1:21 Became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened
      • Romans 16:18 By smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting
      • Hebrews 3:13 Hardened through the deceitfulness of sin
      • John 3:19 Men loved darkness rather than light
      • Matthew 13:18 – 23 Parable of the sower
    • Motives for investigation by the non-Christian
      • Romans 2:15 Their conscience also bearing witness
      • Romans 7:15 What I am doing I do not understand.
      • Ecclesiastes (many times) All is vanity and chasing after the wind
      • Acts 2:40 Be saved from this perverse generation
      • Romans 2:4 The goodness of God leads you to repentance
      • 2 Peter 1:3 [Jesus] called us by glory and virtue
    • Promises understandable by the non-Christian
      • 2 Peter 1:4 May be partakers of the divine nature
      • Galatians 5:22 – 23 Fruit of the Spirit
      • Romans 4:16 The promises are certain…to those who have the faith of Abraham
      • Romans 5:3 – 4 Tribulation produces good character
      • Romans 8:13 By the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body
      • Philippians 3:15 God will reveal even this to you
      • Hundreds more
    • Evidence
      • Promises certified by a history of miracles
      • Confidence concerning my acceptance based on the work of the Spirit in me
  • Seeing life through the gospel: viewpoint of a Christian
    • Motives for growth
      • Love
        • Ephesians 4:30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God
        • 1 John 4:19 We love because He first loved us
        • Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look out not for his own interests but for the interests of others
      • Fear for the fate of the lost
        • Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God
        • 2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men
        • 2 Corinthians 7:1 Perfecting holiness in the fear of God
        • Ephesians 5:21 Submitting to one another in the fear of Christ
        • Philippians 2:12 Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
        • Hebrews 4:1 Fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it
        • 1 Peter 1:17 Conduct yourselves throughout your sojourn in fear
      • Eternal life is a result, not a reason
    • Tools
      • Word: Hebrews 4:12, 2 Thessalonians 2:15, Acts 20:32, 2 Corinthians 3:7 – 18
      • Singing: Ephesians 5:18 – 21, Colossians 3:16
      • Prayer: 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Romans 12:12, Colossians 1:9 – 12, 1 John 5:16
      • Love: Romans 5:5, 1 John 4:12 – 13
      • Fellowship: 1 John 1:5 – 7, Acts 2:42, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Philippians 2:1, Philemon 6, Hebrews 13:16
      • Teaching: Hebrews 5:12
      • Evangelism: 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:7, 4:13
      • Giving: 2 Corinthians 8:4 – 7
      • Suffering: 1 Peter 4:12, James 1:3, 2 Corinthians 12:9
    • Attitudes
      • Believing our potential: 2 Corinthians 5:17
      • Believing our importance: Ephesians 3:10
    • Practices
      • Time Management: Ephesians 5:15 – 16, Colossians 4:5, Romans 8:18 – 25
      • Conscious Thought Control: Philippians 4:8, Ephesians 4:25 – 32, Colossians 3:12 – 15