Summary: Learn about the Resurrection. The Reservation. The Revealing and the Receiving. How will you stand at the judgment seat of Christ?
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL
“For God so Loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth in Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
TEXT VERSE: Colossians 1:5-6 “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel. Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth.” I want to preach on the latter part of verse 5 where it says the truth of the gospel.
1 Peter 1:3-7 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come to you.”
There’s a lot of people out in the world today that don’t know what the truth of the gospel is. There’s a lot of people that have heard about God and Jesus Christ. They know about attending church. Just because someone attends church it does not mean they know the truth of the gospel. Just because you go to church it does not mean they are saved by the grace of God. Your church membership will never carry you into God’s heaven. Thank God it still takes the blood. In order to preach on the truth of the gospel we’ll need to bring out a few verses that you will need to pay attention to.
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Your mom and dad can’t get you into heaven. The Deacon and the Pastor can’t get you into heaven. Your wife and your husband can’t get you into heaven. The Bible said there is only one mediator between God and men and that mediator is Christ Jesus. Jesus gave his life for you. Died on the cross of Calvary and paid your sin debt. I’m glad to be saved by the grace of God. The Bible says by grace are ye saved. Not of yourself but it’s a gift of God. It’s a gift just to be saved. Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” There is no other name than that of Jesus Christ that people can get saved. It can only come through Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” There’s no other mediator. There’s no other way. There’s no other way. Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life. I’m glad I know Jesus Christ as my personal savior. I want to point out a few things in Peter.
NUMBER ONE: The resurrection of Jesus Christ. There’s a lot of people that talk about him. There’s a lot of people that have heard about him. But do you know him in the resurrection form? The Bible says he’s not the God of the dead but the God of the living. Not only do I believe my Jesus died for me and paid my sin debt but that they buried him and he arose on the third day. We’ve been justified...purified and one day after awhile we’re going to be glorified. I’m glad for the resurrection. Revelations says this: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection on such the second death hath no power. If you have the resurrection the second death will never touch you. You say, what’s the second death? It’s the eternal lake of fire. How can we keep from that preacher? Believe in Jesus Christ.