Summary: This sermon, the second in the series, presents sharing the Gospel, and the rite of baptism.
Go Therefore, and Baptize Them
Church of God Seventh Day Meridian, ID
November 4, 2000
Review what we covered last week
Review high points
Jesus is with us, each of us, He is here to help us
Saw the order of what he said:
Teach the Good News to all.(make disciples), baptize, teach them everything
We all teach
Jesus as model, balance of gifts
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
PREACH THE GOOD NEWS
Who do we present it to?
Spurgeon “A man is never so "fit for believing" as when, in himself, he is most unfit. It is unfitness, not fitness that is really required. What is fitness for being washed? Filth, and filth alone. What is fitness for receiving alms? Poverty, abject need. What is fitness for receiving pardon? Guilt, and only guilt. If you are guilty, if you are black, if you are foul, you have all the fitness that is required. So come and in Jesus Christ find all that meets your greatest and most urgent need.”
Presenting the Gospel
Address two components:
1)Man has a need of salvation
2)God fills this need
Man’s need (condition of man):
1. Guilt of Man
We are sinners, and our guilty
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
2. Depravity of Man
We are not only sinners, but sinful creatures
3. Alienation of Man
Because we are sinners, and sinful in nature, and God is holy, we are separated from, or alienated from God. Alienation is two sided:
a)sinner towards God
Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
b)God toward sinner (God hates sin)
4. Judgement of Man
Because God is a just and righteous God, He must judge sin
Penalty for sin is death
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
5. Helplessness of Man
On his own, man can do nothing to change his condition
(1) he is guilty, and can do nothing to cancel his guilt
(2) he is in a state of depravity, and can do nothing to recover
(3) he is alienated from God, and can do nothing to reconcile
(4) he is in a state of judgement, and can do nothing to avoid that judgement
God’s provision: Salvation
Message is that we are in this condition, but God has provided a way to reverse it: salvation is.
1. Salvation is provided by the love of God
Familiar with John 3:16
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
2. Mediator of this salvation is Jesus Christ
Speaking of Jesus, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said in Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
3. What is the content of salvation, how does it meet our needs?
For our guilt, it provides forgiveness, cleansing, and justification
Paul, speaking at a synagogue in Antioch, said of Jesus, in Acts 13:38-39a: “(38) Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: (39) And by him all that believe are justified…”
For our depravity, it provides regeneration
2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
For our alienation, it provides reconciliation
To meet our judgement unto death, it provides the gift of eternal life
John 5: 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life
4. This salvation is provided by grace, by the blood of Jesus, and by faith
John 20: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Once you do this, believe in Jesus, have faith in him, and accept his salvation, then as Peter said “Repent and be baptized”