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The Theology of the Gospel
Pastor Ron Johnson
Church family, are you certain today that you won’t be among the MANY Jesus spoke of who will be thoroughly confused and eternal-ly lost one day (Matt 7:22-23)?
This morning, I’d like to take some time to answer 2 simple yet vital questions for you 1) What is a Christian? 2) How do I become a Christian?
*Pastor Ron recommends the workbook Partners 1on1 Discipleship by Mike Fabarez
1) What is a Christian? (term used only 3x in Scripture) – Refers to
someone closely aligned with Jesus – someone who truly _______
and is _________ by Him (John 8:19 and 10:14-15). So a Christian is one who knows or truly has a relationship with Je-
sus and the Father and is able to have that relationship because... They’ve been made ______________ to God and their sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ.
Acts 16:38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through
this man (Jesus) forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. And for
those who have had their sins forgiven through Jesus Christ... Paul
says in Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those
who are in Christ Jesus.
A Christian is Someone Who ___________ Jesus.
Now I mentioned moments ago that the term Christian is only used 3x in the Bible, but a word that’s used far more often is disciple. And the word disciple describes one who follows the teaching of his master and seeks to emulate his lifestyle. A Christian is Someone Who Has Been ____________ by God. Consider Rom 8:15 which says “you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!’
A Christian is Someone Who is _________ ______________ with other Christians
The most frequently used term is in the NT for those who are aligned with Christ is brothers (or brothers and sisters). Christians (in a very unique way) find an identity together and the love, unity, togetherness and this is a distinguishing mark of following Jesus. John 13:35
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have
love for one another.
2) How Do I Become A Christian? (what does the Bible say)
Now I want to begin this discussion by saying that as much as the Gospel truly should and does transform how we LIVE our lives, we can’t forget the Gospel (or GOOD NEWS) is a MESSAGE we’ve been called to understand and respond to. So....
To Become a Christian You Must ______________ the Gospel
Here’s a basic outline that reflects a pattern we see as the gospel is presented repeatedly throughout Scripture.
1) The _________ 2) The ____ ________ 3) The ______ ________
Again, the emphasis now is upon what the Gospel message is, not how we should respond to the message.
Background: God is the ____________ of everything, including you.
God is _________ and the emphasis here is that He is absolutely perfect (moral). In 1 Peter 1:15-16 God’s absolute perfection is shown to be the standard for everyone He created when it’s said “but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Not only is God our Creator and Holy, but He’s also ________.
This thought is also ___________ to the gospel message.
In Acts 17 Paul explains God has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness. And in Job 34:11 God is rightly spoken of as One who will not pervert justice. Make no mistake, the God of the Bible is a holy and just God and because He is, He’s not willing to simply overlook all that you and I have done wrong. In fact, to do so would be unjust.
Now let me give you one more piece of Gospel background here... the Bible clearly tells us that God is _________. In fact, John said it this way in 1 John 4:8. Anyone who does not lov does not know God, because God is love.
So far we’ve seen the Gospel background includes the very important facts that God is our Creator, He is Holy, Just and also Loving, but before the Good News can be really seen to be as Good and beautiful as it, we need to understand the bad news. Bad News: We are _______ and __________ from God. In 1 John 3:4, the author points out that Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; SIN IS LAWLESSNESS.
And Isaiah explained very clearly why breaking God’s law is a big deal in Isaiah 59:2 “your iniquities (sin/lawlessness) have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins
have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. And because we’ve sinned, because our sin has separated us
We Deserve God’s ____________. In reality, the Bible explains we’re guilty because we’ve sinned against God. And we’re all guilty and deserve God’s punishment whether we feel like it or not! As we saw a couple of weeks ago in Eph 2:3, Paul explained “we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
God’s called us not only to help people see there is HOPE in Christ, He’s also called us to let people know they NEED Him.
Good News: Jesus is _______ and this had to be so for His work on the cross our behalf to be acceptable to save.
So at the very heart of the truly Good News is the fact that Jesus is God incarnate (human flesh) and not only was Jesus God, but He Lived & Died As Our _____________.
This is the very core of the gospel message. Since God is Holy and Just, he requires 100% righteousness from his people and 0% sin. He does not grade on a curve!
2 Cor 5:21 For our sake he (God the Father) made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God.
Now that’s some amazing love! God counts Jesus’ sinless life and death as a substitute for ours, making us in Jesus 100% righteous and 0% sinful and God did this without having to compromise being 100% holy and just.
Finally, Jesus __________ _________ for us (died, buried & rose again). Have you embraced what He did on the cross?