“Arise and Go” Evangelism Conference Day One: What is the Gospel? (Romans 1:16-17) Pastor Alan Carr

27 Apr

We were blessed in our first night of the “Arise and Go” Evangelism Conference with a stirring message from Pastor Alan Carr of Calvary Baptist Church in Lenoir. Below are my notes on the sermon. Please join us tomorrow night at 6pm for the second night of the conference. You will be blessed.

Romans 1:16-17  What is the Gospel?

 

Our theme “Arise and Go” comes from Mark 16:15 “Go and preach the gospel to all creation.” This is a simple command but a daunting task.

If we are going to obey Mark 16:15 and preach the gospel we have to know what the gospel is and this is the purpose of tonight’s message, to make sure we are all clear on what the gospel is and what it is not. Romans 1:16-17 gives us a great starting point for understanding the gospel . . .

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Now the question comes as we read this: why would anyone be ashamed of the gospel?

There were many reasons in Paul’s day for being ashamed. Paul’s Jewish background was looked down on by many he was trying to reach. Paul had been rejected and mistreated repeatedly in his ministry. Paul’s message of the death of a Jewish man bringing salvation was regarded as foolishness. To top it off his proclamation of this Jesus’ resurrection, ascension and return was ridiculous to his Gentile hearers (see 1 Cor. 1:18 and 1:22).  We face many of these same obstacles today in our world. But in spite of these obstacles, Paul was still willing and ready to share the gospel. The question is why? And the answer is found in Romans 1:16-17.

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because the gospel is POWERFUL.

God could have expressed His sovereignty in any number of ways but He chose to express it through the sacrifice of His Son for His people.

There are many false gospels: Religion, Materialism, Liberalism (I’m ok, you’re ok), Pleasure and the Social Gospel of good works but all of them are characterized by two things: the are all POWERLESS to save and NONE of them are good news.

The gospel on the other hand is the good news of God’s powerful working through His Son Jesus to bring about reconciliation of ourselves to God, transformation and abundant life. Paul knew the power of the gospel by firsthand experience through his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus Road (see Acts 9).

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because of the gospel’s good PURPOSE.

God sent Jesus to save (to deliver, rescue). Because the end of all sinners apart from Christ is eternal hell God sent Jesus.

“God gave Himself to Himself as a sacrifice to Himself to save us from Himself.”

Because of the depth of God’s self-giving love, we need not fear that if He saves us we will ever be lost (see John 10:28).

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because of the PLAN of the gospel.

To everyone that believes. Salvation is not through ritual or through good works but by grace through faith (see Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 3:16; John 6:47).

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because of the PURPOSE of the gospel.

to everyone who believes (see John 1:12-13; John 6:37). No distinction. The gospel is for young and old, rich and poor, black and white, morally upright and morally suspect.

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because of the PRODUCT of the gospel.

In the gospel the righteousness of God is manifested (see Galatians 3:22 and Romans 3:10). We are not righteous. We are not good. We are destined for wrath and judgement. But God is so good that He sent Jesus to die in our place and to bear the wrath of God as our substitute. God counts the righteousness of Jesus to our account and then over the course of our lives He makes us righteous in our actual experience. Salvation makes us different people (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation is by faith from first to last and that life of faith produces a changed life.

So the question for all of us tonight is: what have we done with this gospel? Are we believing in God’s gift of His Son Jesus or have we rejected His gift? And if we have believed, do we have an unashamed passion like Paul to share the gospel with others? Tomorrow night, we’re going to talk about how to share this great gospel with others all around you.

Come back and join us tomorrow at 6pm. You will be blessed as we join together to “Arise and Go.”

 

 

 

 

 

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