Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gospel in Four

Four points seems like a really good layout for presenting the Gospel. It can also be seen in 1 Corinthians 15 (preached at my local church today). This is both in content, and characteristics.

Content (verses 3 and 4):
  1. Jesus' death. Jesus' death was a real event, which followed His righteous life. His death paid the price for sin, satisfying God's wrath.
  2. Burial - The burial was a real event.
  3. Resurrection - The resurrection was a real event (the empty tomb).
  4. Encounters afterward - The risen Christ was seen by over 500 people.
Characteristics (verses 1 and 2):
  1. Preached - The Gospel must be preached (Romans 10:14).
  2. Received - And received rightly (by turning from sin, and trusting God).
  3. Standing - Having done that, we stand on God's promise
  4. Saved - and are saved.

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