Gospel Witness Necessities

The Gospel has been entrusted to us and in order to share it we must pray for God-given boldness. The Gospel is to be shared in sincerity and in fullness from a heart of love and from a desire to serve and praise Christ.

What is the Gospel

The Gospel has been entrusted to the church and it has the power to save us from sin and transform our thinking and living. John 3:16 is the gospel in miniature . If we reject God's love, we are in danger of perishing because of our sin. God gave His Son to provide our rescue, and whoever embraces Jesus by faith alone is promised salvation and eternal life.

Dare to Speak the Gospel

Silence for the sake of safety is not biblical. Have the courage to speak the Gospel in the face of opposition, relying on God’s help and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

A Christ Awaiting People

The Church is to be busy in the world for Jesus while we wait for Him to return from heaven. Christ will come again in bodily form. We should live with a spirit of urgency and eagerness as we imitate Christ, serve Him, and share the good news of the Gospel.

A God Serving People

Let’s turn to the true God from idols to serve God. This is what repentance is to turn to God from our idols to serve God. Remember repentance is not a one time event, we are to continue growing in our repentance which means we are to continually identify idols in our lives and turn from them. Pastor Gregory gives us keys on how to identify idols that we set up in our heart.

A Gospel Witnessing People

The Thessalonian believers were commended for living out the Gospel and passing it on. We also should be models of how our lives have been changed by Christ – not models of perfection but of making progress in becoming Christlike. We are entrusted to boldly and compassionately share the Gospel. May we never be guilty of not speaking the Gospel.

Welcome the Message

The believers in Thessalonica are commended by Paul for receiving the message of God into their hearts as God’s truth. With joy given by the Holy Spirit, and in the midst of suffering, they lived out the message as they conformed their lives to the Word of God.

The Word Made Flesh

Christ the Word, the eternal second person of the Trinity, took upon Himself mortality and all human emotions and experiences. The God of creation revealed in Genesis 1:1, John 1:1, and Revelation 1:8 bridged the gap between God and humanity that we might know Him and find forgiveness through Him.

Imitating Christ

The imitation of Christ is to be our chief end. There should not be a gap between the Christ we proclaim verbally and the Christ we present visibly. With dependence upon the Holy Spirit, let us seriously consider the life of Jesus and pray for holiness.

Loved and Chosen by God

Paul reminds the Thessalonian believers that they were loved and chosen by God before the creation of the world. Being chosen results in our spiritual adoption into His family and our progress in holiness, with the ultimate goal being that we will respond in praise and worship.

The Sights, Sounds and Significance of the Cross

On the cross, the Son of God endured agony and public humiliation. As He heard the mocking of the onlookers He spoke words of forgiveness, promise, care, and victory. The significance of the cross is that Christ died specifically for each of us as individuals, to absorb the wrath of God on our behalf and bring us to reconciliation with God.

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