Summary: Things of God are of no avail to the believer until they are applied. The is the second part of the message of the "Applied Word of God."
Applied Word of God II
By Pastor Donny Granberry
In our last message we looked at what the gospel is and why it must be applied.
The Gospel is:
• The Incontestable word of God – No one will ever be able to successfully come up against the word of God, there is no contest there.
• The Incorruptible word of God - There is not a taint or a blemish of any corruption in it. No matter how much they try, man cannot corrupt the word of God. It has even withstood shoddy preaching.
• The Indestructible word of God - The word of God is fresh, it is alive, and it is indestructible. How men over the centuries have unsuccessfully tried every way imaginable to destroy it, yet it stands today as the indestructible word of God.
This time we look at The Indispensable Word of God.”
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
IV. The Indispensable Word of God
v. 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
No bible, no church. No bible, no Christianity.
Why is the gospel so important? It is the word by which the gospel is preached unto you.
A. The gospel provides the Churches Message.
v. 25 And this is the word by which the gospel is preached unto you.
What is our message? The Gospel, we have no other message.
Paul said, “I know no other gospel except Jesus, & him crucified.
Everything we preach springs from the gospel and then reverts back to the gospel.
Then, what is the Gospel? It is history’s central event, Jesus came, Jesus died, Jesus was buried, & Jesus arose from the grave.
Our gospel does not need to be reformed, it needs to be retaught.
We do not need a new and modern gospel for a new and modern age.
The gospel did not begin in the New Testament; it began in Genesis and goes through the New Testament.
The bible teaches us that Jesus saves.
The bible has but one villain – the devil.
The bible has but one hero – Jesus Christ.
The bible has but one message – Jesus saves.
Church, we must be preachers of the gospel.
I enjoy being known as a bible preacher, and although there are some who can preach this gospel better than I can, there is no-one who can preach a better gospel than I can.
This book provides the churches message and that message is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Not only does this book provide the churches message,
B. The Bible Prescribes our Method.
Now, the method and the message are ties together.
v. 25 And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
The method is preaching. God’s plan is that the gospel be preached.
In many churches preaching has gone out of style.
They have passions, plays, suppers, concerts, and many other things, but no preaching of the word.
The bible makes it clear that the method is preaching.
And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
… it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Not foolish preaching, but the foolishness of preaching.
It may be preaching from the pulpit.
It may be at a bible study.
It may be at you place of employment.
It may be going door to door.
It may be at you families Thanksgiving celebration.
But it is the proclamation of the saving message of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Churches message is the gospel.
The method is the preaching of the gospel.
C. The Gospel Produces the Churches Members
v. 21 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Being born again, that is alive.
The bible is the seed of the word of God.
If you put a seed in the ground it will bring forth life that corresponds with the seed that is planted.
There is life in the word of God.
God’s word is like a sword that cuts.