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Reflecting on the Good News, the Gospel

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Good News

Don’t you love a conversation that starts with good news?
Can you give an example or two of good news from your life?
Engagement/wedding announcement, first child announcement, first grandchild are a few that were good news to me.
In our series on reflections, our focus passage is.
Philippians 4:8–9 ESV
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
So what better thing can we reflect on than the Good News, the Gospel, the Euanggelion (GK)?
Previously we have reflected on the Bible, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Sin and now we are looking solution to sin, in other words Good News!

I. Introductory Considerations

Gospel is Good News - in N.T. spoken only of the glad tidings of Christ and His salvation, the gospel - The complete Word Study Dictionary
Luke 2:10 NASB95
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
Good News, Great joy, that is spoken of in the O.T. pointing towards Christ.
Isaiah 52:7 NASB95
7 How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Isa
and cannot stay away from Isaiah
Isaiah 61:1 NASB95
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
Good News - Jesus wants everyone to hear
Mk16:15
Mark 16:15 NASB95
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Matthew 28:19 NASB95
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Good News - It’s God’s power to save
Rom1:1
Romans 1:15–16 NASB95
15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 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.
Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel, be eager to share it with others. For it is God’s power to save!
NOw we have to be honest there are false Gospels out there too, so . . .
Good News - beware of other gospels
There is only one true gospel, one true way, there are others that pervert the gospel, or proclaim a gospel which is not really a gospel at all.
Galatians 1:6–7 NASB95
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
Gal1:8-9
Galatians 1:8–9 NASB95
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
Others who teach anything other than the Gospel, Paul call for them to be accursed
Good News - The Gospel must be obeyed
To obey the gospel is not a work; it is surrender to God’s work
1 Peter 4:17 NASB95
17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
So what is the outcome of those who do not obey, surrender, to the gospel?
2 Thessalonians 1:7–8 NASB95
7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
2 Thessalonians 1:8 NASB95
8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 NASB95
9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
2 Thessalonians 1:10 NASB95
10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.
So to know the gospel you have to hear the gospel, believe the gospel and obey the gospel. It has to be the gospel as proclaimed by Jesus and the Apostles. So now let’s press.

II. The Gospel in short order

The Gospel: There are things to believe
Christ died for our sins according to scripture
1 Corinthians 15:1–3 NASB95
1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
You can also see this
Isaiah 53:4–5 NASB95
4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4–6 NASB95
4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.
and can’t stop there
Isaiah 53:6 NASB95
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.
Christ was buried and rose again!
1 Corinthians 15:4–6 NASB95
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;
1Cor15:
1Cor15:7-8
1 Corinthians 15:7–8 NASB95
7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
buried, rose again and exalted
Acts 2:33–34 NASB95
33 “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. 34 “For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand,
Act2:35-36
Acts 2:35–36 NASB95
35 Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” ’ 36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”
And the best is yet to come, for He is coming again, coming in judgment and the take those that obeyed the gospel home.
Acts 1:9–11 NASB95
9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
SUMMARIZE ACT1:9-10
Acts 1:11 NASB95
11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
Act17:
Acts 17:30–31 NASB95
30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
No excuses, judgment is coming and we need to be prepared! we must obey the gospel, next we have
THERE ARE COMMANDS TO OBEY
What does command mean?
We must believe the Gospel
Mark 16:16 NASB95
16 “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
What is the result of one who does not believe?
We must confess our Jesus
we have to confess our faith in Jesus Christ
Romans 10:9–10 NASB95
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Jesus told us in Mt10:32-33 we must confess Him before men, and He would confess them before the Father in heaven!
We must repent of our sins
Acts 2:38 NASB95
38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Act23:19
Acts 3:19 NASB95
19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
Or Jesus owns words after the resurrection
Luke 24:46–47 NASB95
46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Must be baptized for forgiveness of sins
Mark 16:16 NASB95
16 “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Mark 16:15 NASB95
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Mark 16:16 NASB95
16 “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Mark 16:15 NASB95
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Acts 22:16 NASB95
16 ‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’
A command is not a suggestion, or just a good idea, it is an imperative and must be done. Beyond the commands there are promises to receive
Remission of sins - blotted away, taken away
Ephesians 1:7 NASB95
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
Eph1:7
Acts 2:38 NASB95
38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Gift of the Holy Spirit
We just read ACt2:38, so let me give you another
Acts 5:32 NASB95
32 “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
As Jesus said
John 7:37–39 NASB95
37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 7:38–39 NASB95
38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Jn7:
Gift of Eternal life (does it get any better?)
Romans 6:22–23 NASB95
22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is more but you can look up 1Jn5:11-13 on your own.
Eternal life, that is a great gift, it’s yours, or it is available to you!

III. The Gift, the Gospel, the Conclusion

The Gospel, the Good News, I hope it is easy to conclude we all need it.
The Facts show the God’s love and grace we need to believe
The Commands tell us how to receive the gift of the gospel
Surrender, obedience opens the door to the promises to receive
There is a sin problem and a gospel promise. The Gospel takes care of the sin problem if you have done something with it.
(lead to Invitation; insert Invitation Slide)
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