Sermon:
THIS GOSPEL
HEBREWS 2:1-3
INTRODUCTION: THE WAY TO SALVATION IS NOT THROUGH THE PHILOSOPHICAL TEACHINGS OF PLATO, SOCRATES, OR ARISTOTLE. NOR IS THE WAY TO SALVATION ROOTED IN THE POLITICAL CONCEPTS OF CAPITOL HILL. FOR YEARS, MILLIONS HAVE TRIED TO COME TO CHRIST BY MANY MEANS. HOWEVER, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, EXCEPT A MAN OR A WOMAN, COME TO CHRIST THROUGH THE FATHER, THEY ARE ON A FRUITLESS JOURNEY.

THE POSSIBILTY OF ONE TO SAVE HIMSELF IS A FOOLISH FABRICATION. TO PLACE HOPE AND SECURITY IN FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND JOB, IS AN ENDLESS HOPE. FRIENDS ARE OFTEN FICKLE, FAMILY IS OFTEN HARSH, AND JOBS ARE BEING DOWNSIZED ON A REGULAR BASIS.

NO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THE WAY TO JESUS IS NOT THROUGH SYSTEMS, BUT THIS GOSPEL. IF THERE IS ANYTHING WORTH PAYING ATTENTION TO ITíS THIS GOSPEL. IF THERE IS ANYTHING WORTH SHOUTING ABOUT, ITíS THIS GOSPEL. IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE THIS CHAOTIC WORLD, ITíS THIS GOSPEL. IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT IS GOING TO SAVE THE SOULS OF HUMANITY, ITíS THIS GOSPEL.

I. THE TEXT
AS I STATED IN LAST WEEKS SERMON, THE JEWS, BECAUSE OF SEVERE PERSECUTION, WERE ABANDONING THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST AND RETURNING TO THE PRACTICE OF JUDAISM. THEY HAD HEARD THE WORD, BUT WERE NOW TURNING THEIR BACKS ON THE WORD. THEY HAD HEARD THE WORD EXTERNALLY RATHER THAN INTERNALLY. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY WERE MERELY HEARERS OF THE WORD, BUT NOT DOERS OF THE WORD.
WHENEVER YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL, YOU ARE DESTINED TO SLIP INTO A STATE OF APOSTACY, A FALLING AWAY. AND I DONíT KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT SLIPPING CAN BE QUITE PAINFUL.

VERSE ONE SAYS, ďTHEREFORE WE OUGHT TO GIVE THE MORE EARNEST HEED TO THE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE HEARD, LEST AT ANY TIME WE SHOULD LET THEM SLIP.Ē MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE MUST NOT LET THE TEACHINGS OF THE GOSPEL SLIP FROM US, FOR IF THEY SLIP WE ARE SURE TO FALL.

WHATíS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS GOSPEL? ROMANS 1:16 SAYS, ďFOR 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.Ē FURTHERMORE, THE GOSPEL IS GREAT BECAUSE CHRIST IS THE OBJECT AND THE AUTHOR OF THE GOSPEL. HE IS THE GOSPEL! HE MET AND SATISFIED THE SALVIVIC REQUIREMENTS OF THE GOSPEL.

THE AUTHOR GIVES A STERN WARNING BY EXHORTING HIS READERS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE GOSPEL. AND THATíS WHAT I WANT TO DO TODAY. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE US TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE GOSPEL. NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE GOSPEL. IF WE LOSE SIGHT OF THE GOSPEL, WE LOSE SIGHT ON HOW TO PROPERLY LOVE, FORGIVE, BE UNDERSTANDING.

MANY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS OCCUR BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO STOP SIGNS, RED LIGHTS, AND YEILD SIGNS. MANY OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTER IN THE CHURCH ARE HAVING ONE SPIRITUAL ACCIDENT AFTER ANOTHER BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE GOSPEL.
II. CONCLUSION/THREE POINTS

THREE POINTS THAT I WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO: ONE, WHEN WE TAKE OUR EYES OFF JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL,