I had the opportunity to preach on the Gospel tonight at Union Grove. Our Pastor was out of town, and I had the privilege of sharing the Gospel. I have been very privileged to speak quite a bit for a guy my age. I spoke a lot at East Side Baptist before I came to Union Grove. I have rarely turned down an invitation to preach somewhere, and if I did, it would be for a very good reason. I love speaking and communicating the truth of God’s Word to the people. It is what God called me to do so why not love it, right? So, I begin preparing for this message this past week, and God laid the Gospel on my heart, and that was it! I had no direction of where He wanted me to go. So, I began preparing a message about the Gospel, and he led me to Colossians 1:20-27. There are some powerful verses in this passage. It speaks to the truth that the Gospel is powerful.
The Gospel is not just powerful enough to save you, it is powerful enough to change your life every day! It should change the way I do life!
Romans 1:16 says, “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.”
The Gospel is powerful, and it is illustrated in Colossians 1.
- The Gospel is God’s answer for our alienation. The term alienated means that we were estranged from God. We were enemies of God. We could not get to Him. We did everything that was against Him. Now, you say, I am not a bad person. You might not be, but you are a sinner! When Adam sinned, sin passed upon all mean the Bible says. So, therefore the moment anyone is born, they are born with a sin nature. So, God needed a way to restore or reconcile this relationship. So, God loved you and I enough to send His only begotten Son to die for us so that we could be reconciled with Him. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!
- The Gospel completely changes our standing before God. When one accepts Jesus, their standing before Him changes. We were once seen as enemies of God, but now, we are seen holy in the sight of God. He now sees us as a saint in His sight. He looks at us and says case dismissed, never to be brought up again. We go from guilty to not guilty immediately when we get saved.
- The Gospel should be our motivation for ministry. II Corinthians 5:14 says, “For the love of Christ constraineth us.” The love of God motivates us to minister and to serve God. If I do ministry for any other reason, it is in vain. It must flow out of a deep love for God based upon what He has already done and completed in you!
- The Gospel enables us to rejoice through pain and suffering. Christians should handle pain and suffering differently than an unsaved person. Why? Because of the Gospel! The Gospel enables them to handle pain and suffering differently! We can now have peace in the midst of the storm. God should be glorified in our lives even in the midst of our suffering!