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Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on May 6, 2008 at 6:55 pm

This week, an interesting take on the forgiveness of sins from Josh Harris.

httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=SjvelbJCoNA&feature=related

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

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Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on April 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm

It’s interesting to look at how Mark’s gospel begins and how it ends:

Mark 1:1 – The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mark 16:20 – And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.

We can assume that if Mark set out to tell the story of the gospel of Jesus Christ, he would end his story once he felt he had accomplished that. Throughout the book, Mark tells the story of the life of Jesus for the purpose of conveying the gospel message and he briefly sums up that message in the last sentence of his book. The gospel is the sacred and imperishable message of eternal salvation.

There are three parts to this message. It is sacred, meant to be revered, treasured, viewed differently than all other messages. It is imperishable, it will not decay, change or lose its value, ever. It describes eternal salvation, not just a one time salvation from your sins, but an eternal existence in a restored relationship with God. Remember this is just a summary statement of the gospel, Mark describes so much more of it in his book!

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on April 22, 2008 at 7:28 pm

This week, have a listen to Kirk Cameron share the gospel with a stranger

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWcDXT6pH7A

And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on April 15, 2008 at 6:55 pm

“As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.” 1 Timothy 1:3-11

There is a doctrine that is in accordance with the gospel and a teaching that is not. Jesus entrusted this teaching to the apostles to spread to the entire world (Matt. 28:20) and the other came about as a result of speculating and guessing. How do you tell the difference? How do you know what to listen to? One simple test is this: is it in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God? Teaching in accordance with the gospel will always be Christ-centered, Christ-exalting, Christ-loving, and Christ-glorifying. It will never add to the gospel or take away from it; proper doctrine is drawn from the gospel.

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on April 8, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Jude 3…the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. There is something I have in common with Peter the apostle, and Paul the apostle, and Augustine, Justin Martyr, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley and George Whitefield. We all became believers of the gospel message. When I read about the sacrifices these men made to preach the gospel to people who had not believed, I feel a sense of unity with them, a common bond, because of the gospel message. The message hasn’t changed over the years. God hasn’t been refining the gospel since it was first preached as if it were something that means different things to different people. The truth that Peter believed is the same truth I now believe.

All of these men came from different backgrounds, lived in different cultures, spoke different languages and had different careers. Yet, each one believed he had sinned against God and that only Christ’s atoning death and resurrection could save him. The gospel is universal, it is not exclusive to certain races or educational backgrounds. The gospel is for everyone because all are guilty of sin. This message was entrusted to the apostles that they should teach it and pass it down from generation to generation regardless of race, nationality, age, gender, geographic location, or lifestyle. All those who believe are united in Christ according to the same gospel message.

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on April 1, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Do you ever think about how much it delighted Jesus to serve us? Do you ever consider that Jesus rejoiced at the idea of becoming like us and suffering as he did? Listen to what John Owen said:

As then we lay under the eye of Christ in our misery, we were the objects of his pity and compassion; but as he looketh on us as recoverable out of that state, his love worketh in and by delight. It was an inconceivable delight unto him, to take a prospect of the deliverance of mankind unto the glory of God; which is also an act of love. See this divinely expressed, Prov. viii. 30, 31, as that place has been elsewhere explained.

Don’t miss what’s being said here, Christ delighted in his life, death, and resurrection. In the gospel, we see that he did not leave his father begrudgingly with an attitude of annoyance at having to come down from his throne; he came because it was his joy to do it. He finds his pleasure in us! Jesus said he did not come to be served, but to serve. God serves us? The maker serves the created? The only explanation for this is love. God loves us with such a passion that he was not only willing, but excited, to come and take on our sins so that he could restore our relationship with him.

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on March 25, 2008 at 8:56 pm

This week, R.C. Sproul explains the gospel. Enjoy!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxX3kEJT88g

Click here if the above link does not work

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on March 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

There is an interesting verse in Romans 1:15, Paul says, “I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” The reason this is so interesting is because just a few sentences earlier in his greeting he had addressed the folks he was writing “To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints.” If he was writing to Christians, why would he tell them he was eager to come and preach the gospel to them? They were already believers, why do they need to hear that again?

To answer that, let’s look at what Paul says about the gospel. In 1:16 he calls the gospel the power of God for salvation to everyone that believes. So, he recognizes the gospel’s saving power as something that comes directly from God. And what are the benefits of this salvation? Well, in this letter Paul describes how sinful man is and how we all try to make up for our sins in various ways, trying to be good in God’s eyes. Recognizing just what the gospel saves you from is something you want to remember. Then he says that even though they are sinners, Christ died for them to pay the penalty they deserved and that even though they still have sin in their lives they are no longer enslaved to that sin but they are joined with Jesus Christ to be free from that bondage. Then he encourages them in that they have the Holy Spirit to pray for them when things are so hard in this life that they won’t even know how to pray, that since it is God who removes their sins they can stand in the face of pure evil and laugh when their sin tries to make them believe God doesn’t love them anymore, that they will face trials and sufferings and even physical death but that NOTHING will ever separate them from the love of God, that He has been working this entire plan since He invented time and that it will finish exactly how He wants it to. Do you think this is something they needed to have preached to them again? How often do you need to hear this?

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on March 11, 2008 at 6:38 am

It says in Romans 8:15 that “you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ” Abba! Father!” This adoption we have into God’s family is difficult to grasp. I still call my earthly dad, dad and my earthly mom, mom. The process of adoption we have in the world today is a legal process. At some point, an adopted person legally goes from being under the care of one family to being under the care of another. But this spiritual adoption that Paul describes is different, we retain our family here on earth while at the same time we join a much larger family. We are adopted into Christ’s family, his church, and receive all the blessings of his inheritance. In fact, Paul will later say that we are joined with all who have been chosen by God. This means that every person who ever had a saving faith in God (before Jesus’ death and after) is considered a brother or a sister to us.

We know what the process of earthly adoption looks like, but how does this spiritual adoption work? John 1:12 says that all who receive him, who believe in his name, have this right of spiritual adoption. It says that we must believe, we hear the gospel message of forgiveness and put our faith in Christ and his righteousness. But what a blessing it is to know that, just as a family chooses the child it adopts, so to does God choose his children. You may say that God’s choosing seems unfair, but I wonder how many adopted children who were taken out of desperate situations and brought into a home of love and kindness and protection will say the same?

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives

Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on March 4, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Thomas Watson, 17th Century preacher, wrote in his Art of Divine Contentment:

The gospel is full of jewels, but they are locked up from sense and reason. The angels in heaven are searching into these sacred depths. (1 Pe. 1:12)

We get a picture that the things of the gospel as being very highly desired but very well guarded. To us, the gospel is guarded from our intellect. We would never figure it out on our own, it’s too simple; forgiveness come from being justified to God by faith in Christ? That’s too easy, there has to be a way in there for us to do something ourselves, for us to add to it. But it is that simple. It is that God-centered.

To the angels, it is guarded from their nature. Angels were not created to be the receivers of the gospel message. Christ did not die for the angels. Jesus died so that we would be his people, his church. The angels know that their existence is to glorify God and Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory (Heb 1:3) so they desire to look into the gospel and its mysteries. Looking into God’s reason for creating humans and angels is a wonderful thing to dwell on, it humbles us to know that we are created for God’s glory alone.

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives