1 Corinthians 2:1-5 & 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 – “Faithfully Sharing the Gospel”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept 19th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube

INTRO THOUGHTS:
  • Over the past couple of weeks we have looked at THE GOSPEL
  • Believing in the Gospel
  • Living out the Gospel
  • This week – Sharing the Gospel
  • If you have truly received the good news and are growing in the good news then naturally we should be people that will share the good news.
A Definition of Evangelism

David Bosch“Evangelism is the proclamation of salvation in Christ to those who do not believe in him, calling them to repentance and conversion, announcing forgiveness of sins, and inviting them to become living members of Christ’s earthly community and to begin a life of service to others in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

– from Transforming Mission, p. 11.

The Goal of Evangelism
  • Making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20).  A disciple is someone who has accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, that is growing daily in their relationship with Him, and is serving Him by their involvement and ministry within the fellowship of His Church.

We should know this to be true… but so few live this way.  WHY?

  • Fear, Forgetfulness, OR FIRE (Passion)

Two aspects of faithful evangelism

  • Proclamation
  • Persuasion

1 Cor. 2:1-5

Proclamation – THE MESSAGE

1 Cor. 2:1-5And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.  For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

When I came to you

  • He was on mission

Proclaimed

  • To announce, make known

Testimony of God

  • God’s plan for redemption
  • Not our wisdom or methods

I know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified

  • He understood who He was in Christ… He embraced his conversion!

Demonstration of the Spirit and of power

  • Trusted the power of the Gospel Rom. 1:16
  • Not an emotions encounter, but an encounter with GOD

2 Cor. 5:11-21

Persuasion: – The MISSION

2 Cor. 5:11-21 1Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

1From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Knowing the fear of the Lord – v. 11

  • Paul’s motivation
  • His love for the Lord. He lived his life as an act of worship.

Persuade others – v. 11

  • To win the favor of others

It is for God. It is for you – v. 13

  • Love God…Love others.

The love of Christ controls us – v. 14

  • HIS LOVE compels.
  • Is the pressure that moves us (water pressure)

Those that live should not live for themselves, but for Him – v. 15

  • We believe in the Gospel/Lordship of Christ…HIS LORDSHIP
  • His rule and reign over our life

Not according to the flesh – v. 16

  • We see people differently
  • We see people redemptively

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation – v. 17

  • IN CHRIST
  • From Dead to Alive

Given us the ministry of reconciliation – vv. 18-19

  • The same message that saved us.
  • We have been saved to share.

We are ambassadors for Christ – v. 20

  • We represent HIM.  KING JESUS

God’s appeal through us – v. 20

  • His message through my life
  • Living my life for HIS GLORY

We implore you – v. 20

  • Our life so driven and focused.
  • My life making disciples!


CONCLUSION

WHAT NOW

  • Trust in the Power of the Gospel
  • Pray
  • Proclaim
  • Persuade

Sharing our Faith / Evangelism should naturally flow out of our life and the ministries of our church. It is not a program, but a way of life. IT SHOULD BE WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE LIVE!

https://www.crossway.org/articles/10-things-you-should-know-about-evangelism/

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/what-evangelism

Philippians 1:27-30 – “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ”

My teaching notes for Wednesday night, Sept. 15th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page We also provide the services through YouTube later on Wednesday evening at TAB YouTube

Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 1:27–30[27] Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, [28] and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. [29] For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, [30] engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. (ESV)

INTRO THOUGHTS:

  • You could consider this section (1:27-2:18) the heart of the letter to the church at Philippi.
  • vv. 27-30 is the first of four appeals.
  • Paul wanted to hear that the church in Philippi was LIVING WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL
  • That should also be our desire… that we WOULD LIVE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL

An Appeal to Live Worthy of the Gospel – vv. 1:27-30

How can we live worthy of the Gospel?

  • Live as a proud citizen (romans were proud people)
  • Living a consistent life…based on the Gospel.
    • Gospel saves and transforms
    • Initially and ongoing

Stand firm in one spirit and one mind – v. 27a

  • Make a stand. (Soldier… hold the line. Guard your post)
  • ONE – togetherness
  • Heart and Mind
  • Individually = Congregation. So goes the individual, so goes the church
  • Believing in something!
  • Fighting for something!
  • Our beliefs and convictions.
  • The truths we stand for.

Strive together for the faith – v. 27b

  • Struggle together
  • Once we are unified then…Joining arms and “Living out the Gospel”
  • Work, commitment, our passions
  • Labor of love
  • Something worth the work and effort

Suffer for His Sake – vv. 28-30

  • Not fearful in the midst of persecution
  • Jesus suffered.  If it was good enough for Jesus… it is good enough for me.
  • It will come…the Bible is full of those that have faced the attacks of the enemy.
  • It is an incredible honor to suffer for Jesus sake!
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Remember, it is not our ability to stand, strive, and suffer that allows us to live the worthy life.

It is not about us… It is about CHRIST

We are only able to Stand, Strive, and Suffer because of the finished work of Christ.

The Gospel Message part 2 – “Growing and Changing into the likeness of Christ”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept 12th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube

INTRO THOUGHTS:
  • Last week we worked through the first part of “What is True Saving Faith”
  • This week we will work our way through the second part.
  • Part 1… I am saved. I have been born again.
  • Part 2 – I have assurance of my salvation. I am growing in my relationship with Christ.
  • WE MUST KNOW WE ARE SAVED
  • WE MUST KNOW WE ARE GROWING AS A SAVED PERSON.
  • MY FAITH IN ACTION!!!!!
  • Loving the Lord and Loving the things that He loves.
  • Disciple – A saved person learning to live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:18–26 – “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”

My teaching notes for Wednesday night, Sept. 8th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page We also provide the services through YouTube later on Wednesday evening at TAB YouTube

Philippians 1:18–26

Yes, and I will rejoice, [19] for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, [20] as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. [21] For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. [22] If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. [23] I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. [24] But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. [25] Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, [26] so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. (ESV)

INTRO

  • In prison and yet rejoicing
    • Because the Gospel is advancing (last week)
  • We share the Gospel with our words
  • We share the Gospel with our actions.
    • Attitude, Character, Our Response to circumstances

Living out the Gospel

Serve King Jesus – Christ first me last

  • This happened to me…for the furtherance of the Gospel – v. 12
  • In nothing I shall be ashamed – v. 20a
  • Christ magnified in my body – v. 20b
  • To live is Christ – v. 21

Bear fruit with your life – Serving and ministry to others

  • Fruit for my labor – v. 22
  • To remain is more needful for others – v. 24
  • My life will bring progress and joy to others – vv. 25-26

Keep going – Continue. Pace, perseverance, and progress

  • A life of joy – v. 18
  • A life of expectation and hope – v. 20
  • A life of faith – v. 25