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Summary: The calling of Matthew to follow Jesus - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info

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SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). A Profession (vs 14a):

(2), A Challenge (vs 14b)

(3). A Response (vs 14c)

(4). A Gathering (vs 15):

SERMON BODY:

Ill:

• This photo has been doing the rounds on social network sites.

• It shows an EasyJet plane on a runway;

• Nothing to unusual about that until you look a bit closer.

• EasyJet passenger Adam Wood posted a photo last week on Twitter;

• When he spotted a technician sticking something to his plane’s giant engine.

• The technician is repairing a wing with what appears to be Duct-tape.

• Now Duct-tape is a marvellous product,

• But do you want to look out of your aeroplane window;

• Only to find the wing of the plane has been repaired;

• With a roll of the silvery grey sticky stuff!

Now EasyJet have commented and said;

• The tape that the EasyJet technician used was not, in fact, Duct-tape,

• But a far more powerful form of adhesive known as speed tape.

• It is often used in aviation fixes and was named as such due to its ability;

• To stick to the aircraft at high speeds in extreme wind conditions.

An EasyJet spokesperson said:

“The high speed metallic tape is in place as a result of some cosmetic work that is required to the aircraft paintwork,” the airline replied to him on Twitter. “It is nothing structural and in no way compromises the safety of the aircraft.”

Ill:

• In 2011 a similar photo of a RyanAir jet wrapped in tape drew attention worldwide.

• But once again it was pointed out that this was special tape that was being used;

• And that such repairs are always temporary.

Ill:

• A number of years ago I did a couple of parachute jumps for charity;

• We flew up to 3.000ft in a small plane.

• And we were not very reassured;

• When we saw mechanics trying to start the engine using WD40!

• TRANSITION: Those illustrations ask the important question:

• When it comes to flying – make sure your aircraft and pilot are reputable.

• Because if anything goes wrong you might not get a second chance!

• This morning we are starting a new series of talks called; ‘The Gospel Truth’.

• This series of talks will look at some key verses in the New Testament;

• That will help us understand and be confident;

• That when it comes to knowing God, living for God, talking about God;

• And one day standing before God;

• We will be confident and prepared.

Note:

• The word ‘Gospel’ is a term used over 75 times in the New Testament.

• While it has various nuances of meaning,

• Its most fundamental meaning from the Greek is “good news.”

• Question: But good news of what?

• Answer: According to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology,

“the gospel is the joyous proclamation of God’s redemptive activity in Christ Jesus on behalf of man enslaved by sin.”

In plain English I would suggest that the gospel is:

“Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for our sin so that we might become the children of God through faith alone in Christ alone!”

Ill:

• Some people define the gospel to a simple formula:

• i.e. The Four Spiritual Laws.

• The first spiritual law: God loves you.

• Bible reference: John chapter 3 verse 16.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life,"

• The second spiritual law: Man is sinful and separated from God.

• Bible reference: Romans chapter 3 verse 23

• "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Rom. 3:23);

• The second spiritual law: Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin.

• Bible reference: Romans chapter 5 verse 8.

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us,"

• The fourth spiritual law: We must individually receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

• Bible reference: John chapter 1 verse 12.

."But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,

even to those who believe in His name,"

• TRANSITION: The Four Spiritual Laws is a useful outline to have;

• And it is a good outline to grasp.

• But it certainly does not comprehensively summarise the gospel.

• i.e. No mention of repentence.

• i.e. No mention of discipleship

• So over the next few weeks each of us should have a fuller understanding of the gospel;

• That will help us to know God, to live for God, to talk about God;

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