Summary: A sermon outline pointing out what it means to preach Christ.
A. The Message of the N.T. was Christ:
1. Acts 5:42
2. Acts 8:5
B. Christ was preached, not the glorification of men (II Corinthians 4:5)
1. All glory goes to God for all things (I Corinthians 10:31).
C. The Gospel message of salvation was preached:
2. Romans 1:16
a. The message was of God, not men: Galatians 1:11-12
b. The Apostles only wanted others to follow them BECAUSE they followed Christ (I Corinthians 11:1).
c. Even John the Baptist did not want men following him (Luke 3:15-16).
D. The cross was preached in the N.T.: I Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
1. Three things occurred on the cross:
a. The New Law came into effect
b. Christ’s blood gave forth the ability for us to have the remission of sins.
c. The church of Christ was purchased with the blood of Christ.
d. Those three things were preached by Philip: Acts 8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
I. Preaching Christ – His Authority
A. The name of Jesus is teaching on the authority of Jesus (Colossians 3:17).
1. The fact that we need book, chapter, and verse for all that we do (I Peter 4:11).
2. The fact that we cannot add or take away from that what God has authorized:
B. Preaching on the authority of Christ means preaching that we are under the New Testament Law:
C. Preaching on the authority of Christ means preaching that the Old Law has been put away:
1. Romans 7:1-6
a. The Old Law was for the Jews (Deuteronomy 5:1-6).
b. But, we must recognize it is for our learning (Romans 15:4).
II. Preaching Christ – Salvation Through Him
A. Jesus’ death was for a reason:
1. Romans 5:6-9
B. His blood was shed for a reason:
2. Hebrews 9:22
C. Salvation is ONLY in Christ (John 14:6).
D. The Bible defines God’s plan for man to be saved:
1. We are saved by Grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).
a. We must understand that Noah was as well (Genesis 6:8)...
b. …And that Noah had to do something to obtain [not to earn] that grace as we do also (I Peter 3:20-21).
2. The Bible does not teach faith only, as a matter of a fact the Bible teaches against faith only (James 2:19-26).
3. There are nine conversion examples in the book of Acts that show us the necessity of baptism as they all conclude with the act of baptism (Acts 2:36-41, Acts 8:5-13, Acts 8:26-39, Acts 9:1-20, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:23-34, Acts 18:8, and Acts 19:1-7).
a. Notice in the conversion of the Eunuch (Acts 8:26-39) two things:
- Philip preached Jesus (Acts 8:35).
- Preaching Jesus OBVIOUSLY included preaching on water baptism (Acts 8:36).
4. Baptism is for the remission of sins: Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent [active tense], and be baptized [passive tense] every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [“Eis” meaning unto as translated in Romans 10:10, preposition pointing forward, not because of. Sins are not remitted until after one is immersed]the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
a. Just as Jesus did not die because of the remission of sins, but FOR / UNTO the remission of sins (Matthew 26:28).
5. Baptism washes away sin (Acts 22:16).
6. Baptism is a death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:1-6)
7. Baptism puts you into Christ and you put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).
8. Baptism is a re-birth (John 3:1-5).
10. Baptism makes you a “new creature” (II Corinthians 5:17).
11. Baptism puts you into the church of Christ (I Corinthians 12:12-13).
III. Preaching Christ – Identifying His church
A. Jesus promised he would build His church (Matthew 16:13-18).
2. The body / church is singular, there is only one (Ephesians 4:4-6).
4. There is something in a name (Acts 4:10-12).
5. The church had a purchase price:
a. Acts 20:28
6. The church is not a building, it is a people (I Corinthians 12:27).