8 June 2014 - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes - New Creation Church Sermon Notes - Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up
Our Christian life begins with a fresh sitting down, that comes from knowing that "it is finished".
The people in the world who are still unbelievers are dead in their sins. As Christians we are in a war with the forces of darkness, and the devil is going to plan attacks against us as long as we live. The devil doesn't have to bother about the unbelievers because they are ignorant about their current plight.
The fact that we're in a war tells us that there's a worthy cause to fight for.
Jude 1:3-4 - We fight for the justification by faith, sealed by the blood of Jesus. When grace is removed, we fall into licentiousness.
"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning (metatithemi - transpose - removed in place of another) the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." (Jude 1:3-4 KJV)
Romans 1:16-17 - The gospel is the power of God for our complete salvation in all areas of our lives. Holiness is a by-product of justification by faith.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:16, 17 KJV)
"And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mark 2:16, 17 KJV)
God uses goodness to bring us unto repentance. The Israelites who were proud traded the grace that they were under, for the Law. The Law produces the works of the flesh. The Law is perfect, but it was designed to bring out sins.
Grace produces fruits of holiness whereas condemnation brings more sin and cycles of defeat.
Grace is not a subject, it is THE Gospel. We cannot separate grace and truth. They are one. Whatever Jesus speaks is the true grace.
If we go the way of Cain (dependence on self efforts and works), we will fall into the error of Ballaam (using our gifts for selfish-gain).
Acts 20:27 - The “whole counsel of God” is the gospel of grace as Paul preached it—Christ crucified, and the perfection and efficacy of His finished work—nothing more and nothing less.
"For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God." (Acts 20:27 KJV)
Acts 20:24-32 - There is no other Gospel other than of the grace of God.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" (Ephesians 6:12-18 KJV)
God will always sponsor provision to His vision. We should align our actions to His will.
"And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles." (Acts 14:1-4 KJV)
Acts 13:38-45 - Paul's free, open and unqualified proclamation of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. We are justified from ALL things by Jesus's blood.
"Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming." (Acts 13:38-45 KJV)
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