WHAT IS IN THE GOSPEL?
Colossians 1:15–23 15The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—23if you continue in your faith, [an abiding/remaining faith—a settled, established, faithful faith] established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
THE PLAN OF SALVATION—THE GOOD NEWS
2. We have all gone astray. We’ve fallen short of the glory of God, and we need reconciled to Him.(vs20)
Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Romans 3:21–24 21But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
3. Jesus came and presented Himself as the Lamb of God and the Messiah, the King.
4. Those who accept His sacrifice for their lives, and accept His Kingship in their hearts, are saved—through faith and faithfulness.
o Justification versus sanctification
o Verse 23: “If you continue in your faith…” Faith is a settled faith, a growing in obedience faith, and allegiance to Him.
Ephesians 2:8–10 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
2 Corinthians 5:14–15 14For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
5. A public confession in baptism is based on repentance.
o Now the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit moves in.
Acts 2:36–41 36“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
AS WE END THIS SERIES, IT’S RIGHT THAT WE TAKE TRUTH TO ITS CONCLUSION.
THE GOSPEL’S POWER
Romans 1:14–17 14I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
QUESTIONS TO REFLECT AND DISCUSS:
Passages to consider: Colossians 1:15-23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-7; Acts 2:36-41; Romans 10:9-15 Icebreaker: When you have some good news, what is your favorite way to share it?
Passages to prepare for next week’s new series, Cultivate! This week, read Romans 8:1-6 and Galatians 5.
As you read, ask yourself these questions: