Summary: The gospel is a constant reminder that we are not saved by our good works, holiness, inheritance, religiosity or conduct, but by the pure grace of God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says: "Because by grace you have been saved by faith; this does not proceed of you, b
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Ice Breaker: Have you ever had problems with being communicative (Gossipy) at some time?
Key verse: 1Corinthians 15:3.
The gospel is a constant reminder that we are not saved by our good works, holiness, inheritance, religiosity or conduct, but by the pure grace of God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says: "Because by grace you have been saved by faith; this does not proceed of you, but is the gift of God, not by works, so that nobody may boast." We are saved by grace, by faith, only in Christ. Jesus changed His perfection because of our imperfection, His justice because of our injustice, His obedience because of our disobedience, His holiness because of our defiance, His blessing for our curse, His life for our death.
THREE WAYS TO PROCLAIM OF GOSPEL:
1. THROUGH PREACHING
a) If the gospel is good news, then it should be announced throughout the world. The "good news" becomes "bad news" just as soon as we stop announcing it. The news that we have is not gossip or simple information, it is the message of hope and salvation.
b) A preacher is not necessarily someone that just stands behind of a pulpit and he preaches a sermon. A preacher is any person that proclaims and announces the gospel. If you have a voice, then you have an instrument to reach everyone who will listen.
2. THROUGH PRACTICE
a) There is something that we should remember: the gospel not only should be preached, but should be put into practice—not only taught in a classroom, but to be lived. The declaration of your life speaks stronger than words. The gospel should be expressed; it should be embodied in you.
b) If we do not grasp the gospel with all our heart to show that is infused in us, we can come to lose it. The result is that our faith becomes empty, religious, weak, and even worse; it can lose its meaning. The gospel should be shown, not only spoken. (1 Peter 3:1-2).
3. THROUGH PERSEVERANCE
a) The majority of the Christians do not they realize that preaching and practice are not the only ways to announce the gospel; it is also perseverance in the middle of the suffering. Do not be mistaken; the chains of Pablo were real, not figurative.
b) The Roman soldiers imprisoned Paul, but they could not stop the gospel. When Paul was seated in a gloomy and dark cell, the church was preaching the good news of Jesus Christ with boldness. If you have the correct attitude and persevere in the middle of the prisons of your deceptions, God will give a spirit of bravery to His people.
We live in a generation where people want to see the gospel, not only hear it. They are tired of listening to a message that is not supported by a way of life. The world needs a church that gives validity to the gospel being a reflection of Jesus. There is a saying that says: “Actions speak louder than words." Your life can be the only Bible that some people are going to read. Let us proclaim the good news!
1. Besides a sermon, what other ways can communicate the gospel?
2. Why it is important to live a way of life that complements the message of the gospel?
3. What do you believe makes the difference between someone that complains and someone that is delighted in the middle of a trial?
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