Sermon Outline 1-8-11 The Gospel Plain and Simple

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

Now I would remind you, brothers,of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. (1 Corinthians 15:1-9)

The Gospel: Plain and Simple

I.                   God  – The Holy and Loving Creator

  1. God is Creator – Genesis 1:1
  2. God is Love – 1 John 4:7-8
  3. God is Holy – Isaiah 6:3

II.                Man – The Sinful Creature

  1. Sin – defined in 1 John 3:4
  2. Man is a Sinner By Nature and By Choice (Romans 3:9-18, 23)
  3. Man Deserves Death and Hell (Romans 6:23)
  4. Man Cannot Save Himself (Isaiah 64:6) (Ephesians 2:8-9)

III.             Christ the Merciful Redeemer

  1. Jesus Christ is the Infinite God/Man (John 1:1, 14)
  2. Jesus died on the Cross and was raised from the dead (Romans 4:23-25)
  3. Jesus taught that you must be born-again (John 3:3,7) John 1:12-13

IV.             God Commands Us to Respond to Him in 3 Ways

  1. We Must Repent of Our Sin (Luke 13:3)
  2. We Must Trust in Christ Alone (Acts 4:12)
  3. We Must Be Baptized in Obedience to Christ’s Command (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38)

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