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The Gospel Defined

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The Gospel Defined

Text:  1 Cor. 15:1-4

Thesis: To discuss the 3 aspects of the gospel and their significance for us today.


(1)   The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone (Rom. 1:16).

(2)   Paul defines it by emphasizing the 3 aspects: 1) Jesus’ death; 2) Burial; and 3) Resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

(3)   Let us discuss each one of these:


I.                   His Death:

A.    Judas’ betrayal

B.     Sanhedrin trial

C.     Pilate, Herod, Pilate

D.    Barabbus’ release

E.     The scourging

F.      The crucifixion

II.                His Burial (cf. Matt. 27:57-66):

A.    Joseph of Arimathea, with Pilate’s approval, wrapped Jesus’ body in a clean linen cloth and buried Him in a new tomb.

B.     Then, Joseph placed a large stone before the tomb’s entrance.

C.     Afterwards, Pilate sent guards to secure the tomb and to seal the stone to prevent anyone from taking the body.

III.             His Resurrection:

A.    Order of appearances = 1 Cor. 15:4-8

B.     Hear these words:

Ø  “And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”       (Luke 24: 3).

Ø  “…Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Luke 24: 5).

Ø  “…they saw that the stone was rolled away…” (Mark 16: 4).

Ø  “He is not here: for He is risen…” (Mat. 28: 6).


(1)   Good news = you can be saved

(2)   Obey the gospel = Rom. 6:1-4

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