Summary: Do you know the Gospel? It is Good News, and will settle three of our greatest enemies? Find out more about the Gospel and these enemies in this sermon.
A Sermon For You
A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby
We take our text today from the first epistle to the Corinthians, chapter fifteen, verse one through verse eight.
1Corinthians 15:1-8; Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
No word in English is as misunderstood as the word "Gospel." It is a word that is heard almost everyday, even from childhood. It is a word that many Christians do not really know it’s meaning.
The word Gospel, means "Good News!" or "God Spell!"
The Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the good tidings of Great joy! No greater news from Heaven than the Gospel!
One night many years ago, shepherds were watching over their flock when they heard this Good News. The angels came to them saying, "Behold, I bring you tidings of Great Joy." Luke 2:10. Had this been some today their reply to the angel would be, "You are just trying to upset us, or are trying to excite us."
Satan says, "Don’t believe it, for he knows that the moment that you do believe it you are saved.
The shepherds believed it, and the Bible tells us that they were filled with joy!
Suppose someone brought you a telegram, they would know by your reaction to the telegram if it were good news, or bad, by your reaction or the expression on your face. In the Gospel of Luke 15 we see the prodigal’s father was happy that his son was coming home, it was good news to him. The Gospel is not only Good News, it is glorious news! Ephesians 2:1; says, And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; When one believes the Gospel, their trespasses and sins are forever forgiven by God. And that my friends is Great News to me! The Gospel is the best news I have ever heard. No one can tell all it has done, but I can tell you what it has undone for me. It has taken care of Three terrible enemies
(1) The Last Enemy, Death
1Corinthians 15:26; The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Over one hundred years ago when someone in a village or town would die, the Church bell would ring out the number of years the one who died age. If they were twenty, the bell would ring twenty times, if they were eight, it would ring out eight times. At this time there was a young man named Dwight L. Moody who lived in Chicago, who told that many times that he heard those death chimes ring, that the number of chimes would stop at just his age. He thought of how it would be with his soul if he died in his lost condition. Then one day a show clerk showed Moody the way of salvation, The Gospel, and Moody received Christ as his Lord and Saviour. No more did he fear those bells, no more did he fear death again, for now he knew the Good News, that Jesus Christ had died, was buried, and rose from the dead to save lost souls.
I have been to grave yards, I have seen workers throwing dirt on the casket, and for a time it scared me. I was not a Christian, and I knew if that were me in that coffin, that my soul would be in hell forever. But Not NOW! Praise His Holy Name, I have believed the Gospel and I know I am on my way to heaven!
One day a child was playing while his mother was hanging out the laundry. Suddenly a wasp landed on the child and stung him. He went crying to his mother and told her what had happened. "It’s alright now son, his mother said, look the bee left the stinger in your arm, and he now has no stinger left to hurt anyone again. Death now has no stinger my friends, because of the Gospel. Jesus told us, "Because I live, ye shall live also." The apostle Paul said, "To die is gain." Philippians 1:21.