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Monday, September 28, 2009

A Gospel Outline

I mentioned yesterday that I would post the gospel bullet points I gave you. Here they are.

First, God is holy. (Isaiah 6:3, Psalm 99:9) God is morally perfect, completely separated from sin, and devoted to His own glory. (His holiness and devotion to His own glory are strikingly illustrated in Leviticus 10.

Second, God is Lord. (Acts 17:24, Psalm 97) Scripture repeatedly refers to God as the “Lord of all the earth.” He has created all things, therefore, He owns all things, therefore, He is Lord of all things. He has the right to rule over his creation and to demand perfect obedience from His creatures (Gen 2:16-17, Lev 11:45).

Third, Man is sinful. (Rom 3:10-18, 3:23) All men have willfully violated the law of God and sinned against Him.

Fourth, Man is under the wrath of God. (John 3:36, Rom 3:23, Eph 2:1-3) God’s wrath, while experienced in various ways in this life, culminates in eternal separation from God in a literal hell (Matt 3:12, 7:13, 8:12, 10:28, 13:38-42; 2 Thess 1:9).

Fifth, out of love, God sent His Son to bear the punishment for sin. (Rom 5:6-8; 1 Cor 15:3; Gal 3:13; 1 John 2:2) There are three important things to note about Jesus. He lived sinlessly (Heb 4:15). He died willingly (Matt 26:51-54; John 10:17-18). He was raised literally (Luke 24:42-43; John 20:25-28; 1 Cor 15:1-8).

Sixth, now God calls on us to repent of our sin and trust in Christ for our forgiveness. (Mark 1:14-15; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 17:30-31) There must be both repentance and belief, a turning away from sin and reception of all that Christ is. Belief is not mere intellectual assent – the demons demonstrate that kind of belief (Luke 4:34). Rather, this is a complete surrender to and trust in the saving power of the blood of Christ, and the acceptance of His lordship over one’s life (Rom 10:9).

Seventh, if we do this we are born again into an eternal life with God. (John 3:16, 6:40, 47; Rom 6:23.) Christ mediates peace between God and man so that the one who believes now stands boldly before the throne of God (Rom 5:1-2; Eph 3:11-12).

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