Luke 1:46-55 -“Mary’s Praise”

My sermon notes for Sunday, Dec 8th as we walk through the Gospel of Luke and the Songs of Christmas. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

Luke 1:46-55 – Mary’s Praise

Intro/Thoughts:

Gabriel shares the news:

  • To Zechariah and Elizabeth about John the Baptist
  • To Mary about Jesus

 

Mary visits Elizabeth in the 6th month.

  • The visit confirms to both the promises set for by Gabriel (by the presence of the Holy Spirit).

 

The word of her praise:

Mary would not have had a personal copy of Scripture, but she obviously was well versed in Hannah’s song in 1 Sam.  There is also much from the Psalms throughout her praise.

Her praise points to her faith in God and her understanding of His grace and faithfulness not only to her but to His covenant people.

Her Praise – vv. 46-47

v. 47 – “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

Her praise was a product of her heart.

 

Soul and Spirit – who we are.

  • A true child of God
    • Either born again or not. Either holy and set apart or not

 

Jesus himself would later teach this

  • John 4:22–24 – [22] You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. [23] But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. [24] God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV)

 

  • The Gospel changes in the inner man (Spirit and Soul) and will manifest itself through a changed life… OUR PRAISE.
  • True praise is always manifested by truth and focused on God.

 

Magnifies the Lord

  • makes large, makes great

 

Rejoices in God my Savior

  • has joy of who SHE KNOWS SHE IS IN RELATIONSHIP WITH HER LORD.
  • Her joy and her relationship are one in the same
  • IN GOD HER SAVIOR. She knew she needed a Savior.

 

Her praise  – She Understood God’s Grace – vv. 48-50

v. 48 – He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.

THE GLORIES OF HIS GRACE – God’s unmerited favor!

Romans 3:24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Romans 5:17 – For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (ESV)

Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

 

His grace is revealed by His:

Power – v. 49 for He who is mighty has done great things for me.

  • He is might and done great things for me

 

Holiness

  • v. 49And Holy is His name

 

Mercy

  • v. 50aHis mercy is for those who fear Him

 

 

Her praise – She Understood God’s faithfulness – vv. 51-55

 

v. 50bFrom generation to generation.

  • Past, Present, Future

 

vv. 51-53 – He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty

 

Mary knew all that God had done in the life of His people.  He led, guided, protected, cared for, disciplined, and restored.

 

vv. 54-55He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.

 

The genealogy of Matthew 1 reminds us of God’s plan of redemption.

  • Abraham, David

 

Throughout redemption history God has been faithful.  He has kept His promises and accomplished His perfect will. From the very beginning this has been His plan.  AND HE WILL CONTINUE TO ORCHESTRATE HIS PERFECT WILL UNTIL ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN FULFILLED.

  • Rahab, Ruth. (unlikely candidates)
  • He is faithful and true. He keeps His promises

 


Scripture References:

 

Luke 1:46–55

[46] And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

[47]      and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

[48] for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

[49] for he who is mighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

[50] And his mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

[51] He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

[52] he has brought down the mighty from their thrones

and exalted those of humble estate;

[53] he has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

[54] He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

[55] as he spoke to our fathers,

to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” (ESV)

 

Romans 3:21–26 – [21] But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—[22] the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: [23] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [24] and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, [25] whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. [26] It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (ESV)

 

Ephesians 1:7–10 [7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

 

Ephesians 2:8–10[8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV

 

 

Missions Study – IMB Week of Prayer

My sermon notes for Sunday night, Dec 1stRemember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

LIVING ON MISSION

 

Flow of outline gathered from part of the IMB Explore Missions Course

IMB Explore Missions Study

 

  1. Engage with the Gospel
  2. Share the message in their language and challenge them to repent and believe
  3. Disciple new believers
  4. Plant healthy churches
  5. Train leaders (elders/deacons)

 

Engage

Romans 10:14-15

 

A willingness to go to the unreached.

  • People groups – a group of people that have a common language.

 

The strategy:

  • Prayer
  • Creative access – Going to countries in a professional field. Gaining access to meet a specific need.
    • Teaching, Medical, Sports, Agriculture
  • Through Building relationships

 

Share and Challenge

2 Timothy 4:5

 

The strategy:

  • Learn the language
  • Translate the Bible
  • Proclaim the Gospel

 

Adapt to the culture

  • – Me in China
  • Doing what is necessary without compromising the Word.
  • It takes patience and perseverance

 

Disciple Believers

Colossians 1:28

 

Goal is not to add up converts but to multiply disciples.  (People reaching people)

 

The strategy: KNOWLEDGE AND OBEDIENCE

  • Teach the Bible – Yep, it is that simple
  • Reshape world views – The lens through which one understands everything, and it shapes behavior as well as thinking. (How we see and process life)
    • Animism and Tribalism
    • Materialism and Secularism (USA)
  • Teach obedience (followship and Lordship of Christ)
    • Knowledge plus Living/serving/the doing
    • Growing and changing into the likeness of Christ.
      • Personal examination
      • Accountability

 

These are almost impossible without ONE ANOTHER.  Key is establishing a local body of believers that will begin this new life TOGETHER.

  • KOINONIA!!!!!

 

Plant and Multiply Churches

 

1 Cor. 12:12-13

 

Church is not a building

  • They did not have specific building in the NT and for a couple of centuries afterward.

 

The church gathers together to worship God, study the Word, exercise spiritual gifts to build each other up, and hold each other accountable.

 

The church scatters to represent Christ and advance the Gospel in the world.

 

There are 2 goals in designing and organizing the life of the Church

  • The church must be obedient to Scripture
  • The church should be as much at home in the local culture as it can be without violating goal 1.

 

God never intended a church to be a gospel dead end street.  Churches must MULTIPLY.

  • Reproducing themselves

 

Train leaders

2 Timothy 2:2

 

Leadership Training – HOW TO LEAD PEOPLE

1 Tim 3:1-7 & Titus 1:5-9

  • Church leaders CHARACTER and HOME LIFE.
  • 1 Tim. 4:12 – Leaders are examples

 

A desire to impact people.

  • Not all wired the same, but the goal should be the same
  • Introvert/extrovert

 

Theological Training – WE CANNOT TEACH WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW.

 

1 Tim 3:2 & Titus 1:9 – Elders/Pastors teach.

  • Biblical Theology – How the Bible fits together.
  • Systematic theology – What the Bible teaches about particular theological subjects.

 

REMEMBER.  TAKES BOTH.

  • How we live Biblically. (So much more that just a moral person)
  • What we know about the Bible

 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

Romans 10:14–15 – [14] How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? [15] And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (ESV)

 

2 Timothy 4:5 – As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (ESV)

 

Colossians 1:28 – Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. (ESV)

 

1 Corinthians 12:12–13 – [12] For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. [13] For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (ESV)

 

2 Timothy 2:2 – and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. (ESV)

 

1 Timothy 3:1–7 – [1] The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. [2] Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, [3] not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. [4] He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, [5] for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? [6] He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. [7] Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV)

 

Titus 1:5–9 – [5] This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—[6] if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. [7] For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, [8] but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. [9] He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (ESV)

 

1 Timothy 4:12 – Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (ESV)

 

1 Timothy 3:2 – Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, (ESV)

 

Titus 1:9 – He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (ESV)

Why Share the Gospel – The Outcome

My sermon notes for Sunday, Nov 24th as we continue our study through WHY SHARE THE GOSPEL. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

Why Share the Gospel – The Outcome

BECAUSE OF THE POWER OF THE OUTCOME!!!!

THE GOSPEL CHANGES LIVES.

Intro

Matt 4::18-22 and Matthew 28:18-20

 

The message.  Elements that make the Gospel the Gospel. (from last week)

  1. God is sovereign creator of all things.
  2. God created you for His glory.
  3. God is holy and righteous
  4. Man is sinful
  5. God is just and is right to punish.
  6. God is merciful. He is kind to undeserving sinners.
  7. Jesus is God’s holy and righteous Son
  8. God put the punishment of sinners on Jesus
  9. God offers the free gift of salvation to those who repent and place their faith in Jesus.
  10. Those who trust in Jesus will live to please Him and receive the promise of   (enjoying God forever in heaven)

 

As we proclaim THE GOSPEL. (remember the power is in the message, not the method or the messenger) there is a remarkable outcome… PEOPLE ARE BORN AGAIN!!!!!!

  • born again/saved/become a Christian.
  • They become a disciple of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

The Outcome of the Gospel: Titus 2:11-15

Saving, Training and Waiting…as a result of the power of the Gospel

 

Titus 2:11-15 – [11] For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, [12] training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, [13] waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, [14] who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

[15] Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (ESV)

 

Saving– v. 11

The grace of God

  • God’s gift of salvation to those we can and will believe.
  • God’s riches at Christ expense. God’s unmerited favor.
  • Ephesians 2:8–10 – [8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
  • 1 Peter 1:13 – Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (ESV)

 

Terms relating to salvation:

  • Election – God’s plan in regards to people & salvation
  • Regeneration – Being born again. The Spirit opening our eyes and heart.
  • Conversion – Faith and repentance. When one believes and trusts in the Gospel.
  • Justification – Right legal standing. When we are declared right and forgiven.
  • Adoption – Membership in God’s family. When we become His.
  • Sanctification – Right standing that leads to a progressive changing life of rightness. Life of Christlikeness.
  • Perseverance – Remaining a Christian. Keeping on.

 

To all mankind.

  • Jews and Gentiles. All humanity. Worldwide
  • Not – everyone will be saved.
  • Not – God is hoping you will get saved.
  • Yes – Worldwide offer.

 

  • election is the “whosoever” Those that can and will respond in saving faith.
  • Those written in the Lambs book of life.
  • From the foundation of time
    • Ephesians 1:3–5 – [3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (ESV)
  • Election is God’s work. Our response indicates that God has been at work.
  • When we pray for the lost…We pray “God save them… God open their eyes”
  • So, who can be saved? Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord through repentance and faith.

 

 

Training – v. 12

 

  • Training – refers to raising a child. Discipline and Encouragement.
  •  Our sanctification. Growing in holiness
  • There is a:
    • Starting point… Process… Continuation
  • The work of the Spirit within those that are “new creations”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17–18 – [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; (ESV)

 

Renounce – What we do not do anymore.

  • Ungodliness and worldly passion

 

Live – What we do.  Our “works” and “fruit”

  • Self-controlled, upright, and godly
  • Eph 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them

 

REMEMBER… that is what the Holy Spirit’s role and ministry is to grow us into Christlikeness.

  • GROWING AND CHANGING
  • Putting off and Putting on

 

Waiting – v. 13-14

 

Waiting – Continuing on IN THE FAITH

  • Eagerly awaiting
    • Joy, purpose, meaning

 

Blessed Hope – the Lord’s coming

  • Or our going… whichever is first.

 

As we wait, we should and can rejoice in our salvation. v. 14

  • Redeemed us
  • Adopted us into the family
  • Empowers us.

Why Share the Gospel – The Message (part 2)

Why Share the Gospel – The Message (part 2)

It is imperative that we GET THE MESSAGE RIGHT.

 

We need to be careful to keep things in perspective:

  • God at the center and not man
  • A Person instead of a plan
  • Conviction instead of comfort
  • Embracing and submitting to the one who is both Savor and Lord rather than just acknowledging true facts.
  • Repentance from sin instead of acceptance of  of a person
  • God’s grace instead of man’s choice.
  • Radical transformation instead of affirmation

 

Consider the following things we often hear: (that are not truly biblical reasons for salvation)

  • God wants to make you prosperous
  • God wants to heal and make you healthy
  • God wants to provide for whatever needs you feel you deserve and desire (your dreams and wishes)
  • God wants you to have an abundant life now

 

A man-centered gospel is more about our needs and desires.

The true gospel puts God at the center of the message

  • Because he is the center of EVERYTHING.
  • THIS IS HIS CREATION.
  • We are created in HIS IMAGE

 

Does our message make us excited about what God can do for us on earth or does it get us excited about GOD and our relationship with Him?

 

God Centered Gospel

  1. God is the starting point of the Gospel
  2. God is the vehicle of the Gospel
  3. God is the goal of the Gospel

 

This puts the hope is in the Message, not in the method.

 

Here are 10 truths that should be the foundation of how we believe, share and live out the Gospel.

  • They should drive our prayers, our presentation, and persuasion. (part 1 sermon)

 

(Outline from Children Desiring God Conference. April 2007)

 

  1. God is sovereign creator of all things.
  • Psalm 19:1; Psalm 24:1-2
  • God created you. You belong to God. He is your ruler. We are accountable to Him.

 

  1. God created you for His glory.
  • 1 Cor. 10:31; Isaiah 43:5-7
  • God created you to show how great He is.

 

  1. God is holy and righteous
  • Deut. 32:4; Rom. 7:12
  • God’s commands are holy and righteous. You must obey Him at all times.

 

  1. Man is sinful
  • Romans 3:20, 23
  • You have disobeyed God’s commands. You are a sinner.

 

  1. God is just and is right to punish.
  • Romans 1:18; 6:23a
  • You deserve God’s punishment of death and hell. You are helpless to save yourself.

 

  1. God is merciful. He is kind to undeserving sinners.
  • Psalm 145:8; Eph. 2:8-9
  • You must depend on God’s mercy in order to be saved.

 

  1. Jesus is God’s holy and righteous Son
  • John 1:1, 14; 1 Tim. 1:15
  • Jesus came into the world to save you

 

  1. God put the punishment of sinners on Jesus
  • Isaiah 53:5; Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24
  • Jesus died on the cross to be the punished in your place.

 

  1. God offers the free gift of salvation to those who repent and place their faith in Jesus.
  • Mark 1:15; John 3:16-17; Acts 4:12
  • God tells you to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins and you will be saved.

 

  1. Those who trust in Jesus will live to please Him and receive the promise of eternal life (enjoying God forever in heaven)
  • Luke 9:23; John 11:25; 1 John 2:25; Psalm 16:11
  • If you are trusting in Jesus for your salvation, you must follow Him. Jesus has promised that when you die He will bring you to heaven to live with God and enjoy Him forever.

 

 



 

 SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (ESV)

 

Psalm 24:1–2 – [1] The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, [2] for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. (ESV)

 

Isaiah 43:5–7 – [5] Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.[6] I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, [7] everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (ESV)

 

1 Corinthians 10:31 – So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (ESV)

 

Deuteronomy 32:3–4

[3] For I will proclaim the name of the LORD;

ascribe greatness to our God!

 

[4] “The Rock, his work is perfect,

for all his ways are justice.

A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,

just and upright is he. (ESV)

 

Romans 7:12 – [12] So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. (ESV)

 

Romans 3:20–23 – [20] For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

[21] But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—[22] the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: [23] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (ESV)

 

Romans 1:18 – [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (ESV)

 

Romans 6:23 – [23] For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)

 

Psalm 145:8 –[8] The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (ESV)

 

Ephesians 2:8–9 – [8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV)

 

John 1:1 –  [1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (ESV)

 

John 1:14 – [14] And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (ESV)

 

1 Timothy 1:15 – [15] The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (ESV)

 

Isaiah 53:5

[5] But he was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed. (ESV)

 

Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)

 

2 Corinthians 5:21 –  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)

 

1 Peter 2:24 – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (ESV)

 

Mark 1:15 –  “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (ESV)

 

John 3:16–17 –  [16] “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (ESV)

 

Acts 4:12 – And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)

 

Luke 9:23 – And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (ESV)

 

John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, (ESV)

 

1 John 2:25 – And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. (ESV)

Why Share the Gospel – The Message (part 1)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Nov 10th as we continue our study through WHY SHARE THE GOSPEL. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

Why Share the Gospel – The Message

Because of the Great MESSAGE

 

Matthew 4:18–22 – [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

 

A few things to consider first:

My definition of Evangelism – The passionate, joyful, and intentional sharing of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, to the world.  The goal of evangelism is making disciples.  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.

 

You will notice two components present:

  1. Proclamation – We must proclaim the Gospel. The true, pure, biblical message of redemption.  The good news of Jesus Christ.  Who He is. Who sent Him. Why He came. What He accomplished.  What it means to you and I.
    • 1 Cor. 2:1-5
    • John 1:12
    • The message

 

  1. Persuasion – We must persuade people to respond to the message. Our life should be a life of encouraging people to come to Christ in repentance and faith.
    • 2 Cor. 5:11-21
    • Our Mission. What we do with the message

 

(Obviously a major component is PRAYER)

 

This is the big picture idea of the Sharing the Gospel and the idea of a message and a messenger being involved. But I would like for us to consider a few more things.

 

What is our motive?

  • The WHY of sharing Gospel.
    • Some would say… TO GET PEOPLE SAVED.
  • For God’s Glory
  • The Redemption Story. The flow of redemption through human history!
    • Last week THE NEED. People are lost.
    • Restoring relationships (mankind to their Creator.)
    • Big picture. The spread of the Kingdom.
    • People I know and love need the hope of Christ.
  • To Make Disciples
    • Glorifying God as we join Him in His plan of redemption

 

What is our method?

  • THE HOW of sharing the Gospel
    • What are we sharing?
    • What are we asking people to do?

 

  • The HOW of affirming that someone is a Christian. (that someone has understood and received the message.)

 

Why this should be important… consider:

  • SBC and our emphasis for numbers over the years and celebrating baptisms and church membership.
  • Yet, our churches are numerically spiraling downward.
  • What has been our score card? What do we celebrate?
  • YET, we have the Word. We know what a Disciple looks like.  We know what is a healthy church.
  • IT IS TIME WE TAKE A DEEP LOOK WITHIN AND ADMIT… WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!!!

 

Data from Flagship SBC church in Florida.

  • 11,845 Baptisms. 7,690 New Additions over  a certain 16 year period. (at the height of their ministry)
  • Membership grew from 21,062 to 29,181.
  • YET, Attendance stayed the same and SS numbers went down by 651. ( SS from 6,401 to 5,750)
  • HOW CAN WE ADD 19,535 MEMBERS TO OUR ROLLS AND IT NOT IMPACT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT COME TO WORSHIP THE LORD THAT CONVERTED THEM/SAVED THEM/REDEEMED THEM.

Yet, we applaud the numbers.  We train people to do it THIS WAY.  We view this a what all should be doing.

 

What have we been asking people to do? 

  • Believe in Jesus.
  • Believe you are a sinner.
  • Want to go to heaven.
  • Sincerely believe and you will be saved.
  • Be saved forever.

It could very well be that this is exactly what we have shared and exactly what we have responded to.  But, think about it and then consider the condition SO many people we know are in.

Say they are saved, yet not living the saved life.

 

Think about these verses:

  • 1 John 2:15–19 – [15] Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. [17] And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.[18] Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. [19] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
  • Matthew 7:23 – [23] And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
  • John 10:27–30 – [27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. [28] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. [29] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. [30] I and the Father are one.”

 

KEY IS 1 John 2:15 – They did not truly love the LORD.  Just like the rich young ruler last week (Luke 18:18-20)  IT IS A HEART ISSUE.

 

Yet, what has happened for so many years is that someone is “saved” and then when they do not get plugged in… it is our fault.

  • We did not disciple them
  • We did not follow up
  • They did not connect

 

(example… I want to be saved.  I cannot come back to church tonight or wed and talk)

 

So what do we do… WE CANNOT GO BACK, BUT WE CAN GO FORWARD….  WE SHARE THE GOSPEL BECAUSE WE HAVE THE MESSAGE.

THE MESSAGE is so much more than believe in Jesus and you will go to heaven one day.

 

It is:

  • God is holy and righteous and worthy of all praise and worship
  • Mankind is created in His image and we are accountable to our creator.
  • We have sinned and are separated from God.
    • By our nature – original sin
    • By our choice – life that we live as sinners.
    • He loves His creation so much that He provided a way of salvation through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
  • We must acknowledge our condition and need.
  • Recognize that Christ is our only hope
    • Repent or your sin.
    • Place your faith in Christ.
    • Forsake your ways and follow Christ
    • Daily worship Him and live for His glory
  • Repent of our sin and place our faith in Christ as our Savior and Lord.

 

When He is our Savior and Lord

  • We love Him and love living for Him.
  • We love Him and love the things that He loves.
  • We love Him and love His Word
  • We love Him and love His church

 



 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Matthew 4:18–22 – [18] While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” [20] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. [21] And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. [22] Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (ESV)

John 1:9–13 – [9] The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. [10] He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. [11] He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. [12] But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 2:1–5 – [1] And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. [2] For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. [3] And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, [4] and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, [5] so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 5:11–21 – [11] Therefore, 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.

[16] From 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. (ESV)

Why Share the Gospel – The Need

My sermon notes for Sunday, Nov 3rdRemember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

 

WHY SHARE THE GOSPEL – THE NEED

Because of THE GREAT NEED

(A very great need)

 

Intro/Thoughts

Matthew 4:18–22 – [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (read all of text)

 

We are called to be FISHERS OF MEN.  (We are failing miserably)

  • The call is to FOLLOW HIM, LEARN FROM HIM, SERVE HIM

 

We possibly have forgotten the GREAT NEED of the Gospel being shared.  We need a little reminder and a little motivation.

 

2 Things to consider this morning.

  1. People are lost and going to hell (rough, but true)
  2. People need relationship with God and one another . Once saved they become part of the family of God.

 

THE NEED

 

Divine Conversion/Redemption

 

People need the Lord. People are lost. People are separated from God.

 

THE PEOPLE JESUS ARE REFERRING TO ARE LOST (the fish) 

  • Hopeless and Helpless
  • Sinful and Separated
  • Damned and Desperate

 

2 Timothy 3:1–4 – [1] But understand this, that in the last days

  • Last days are now – began with the coming of the Spirit
  • Lovers of self rather than God.
  • 3:23 – Fall short of the glory of God.
    • They think they measure up, BUT GOD’S HOLINESS is the standard.
    • HE ALONE IS WORTHY!
    • 4:8 &11 “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty.” “Worthy are you, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created”

 

Luke 18:1-24 (the example of the rich young ruler)

  • Not about wealth, morality, or standing.
  • He had the DONE what HE THROUGH WAS NECESSARY

YET, LACKED THE ONE THING

  • True repentance.
  • Jesus knew the heart. More of self rather than the kingdom. (vv. 23-24)
  • Kingdom verse Self. (v. 29 for the sake of the Kingdom)
  • The idea of I GOT THIS. NO YOU DO NOT.

 

Individually, our family, friends, and neighbors are lost.

  • WE NEED TO MAKE IT PERSONAL!!!!

 

Why share the Gospel?  Because people we know, live with, work around are lost, separated from God, and have an eternal destiny of hopelessness and lostness.

 

 

Divine Fellowship/Relationship

 

People need relationship and fellowship.

  • In the beginning we were created with perfect fellowship with God and with one another (Adam and Eve)

 

Because people are separated from God, they also have no relationship with God or the people of God.

  • As we have relationship with God, we also have a relationship with one another.

 

Not that we will ever see perfection in our world, but imagine a city transformed by the Gospel.  A community in relationship with God and with one another.

 

Why share the Gospel?  Because people need to belong to the FAMILY OF GOD!

 

I think we forget… when someone comes to Christ, they change… they become part of the family and household of God.

  • There allegiance changes
  • Their thinking changes
  • Their motives change.

 

Imagine if everyone you worked with loved the things of the Lord.

  • Loved God
  • Loved truth
  • Loved the Church
  • Loved one another

 

We then have common goals and understanding.  We have a true friendship and oneness in Christ.

 

Ephesians 1:4-5 – Adoption to Himself.

 

Ephesians 2:19 – So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (ESV)

 

Romans 8:14–17 – [14] For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. [15] For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” [16] The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, [17] and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (ESV)

 

Think about it…

  • A life changes
  • A family changes
  • A church changes
  • A city changes

 

This transformation takes place as someone repents of their sin and trust Christ alone for their salvation.  Their sins are forgiven and they are clothed with the righteousness of Christ.  They are adopted into the household of God.  Then and only then does one see real life change.

 

 


SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Matthew 4:18–22 – [18] While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” [20] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. [21] And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. [22] Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (ESV)

 

2 Timothy 3:1–4 – [1] But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. [2] For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, [3] heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, [4] treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (ESV)

 

Luke 18:18–30 – [18] And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” [19] And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. [20] You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” [21] And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” [22] When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” [23] But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. [24] Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! [25] For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” [26] Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” [27] But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” [28] And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” [29] And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, [30] who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” (ESV)

 

Ephesians 1:3–10 – [3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. [7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 13:11–14 – Paul’s closing words

My sermon notes for Sunday, Oct. 27th as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 13:11–14

[11] Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. [12] Greet one another with a holy kiss. [13] All the saints greet you.

[14] The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (ESV)

 

INTRO WORDS/THOUGHTS

  • Paul’s final words to the church.
  • Summarizing his intent for writing.
  • We see his love for the church. We see his desire for them.

 

He wanted them to know the fullness of God’s love for them through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He wanted them to have a true relationship with God, so that they could have a true relationship with one another… as the true Body of Christ.

 

If they/we could truly grasp what we have in the GOSPEL, then we could…

 

Rejoice in who you are in Christ

Find our joy in Christ.

  • Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.
  • 1 Thess 5:16 – Rejoice always
  • John 15:11 – MY joy in you, YOUR joy made full
  • John 16:22 – His joy made full in themselves. (JESUS PRAYING FOR US!)

 

Joy comes from a deep conviction and understanding of what it means to be a Child of God.  Reflecting daily upon His character, attributes, and promises.

  • who I am in Christ (NEW CREATION)
  • Love of the Father. Adopted into the family of God
  • Remembering the continuous sanctifying work of the Spirit.

 

Finding our joy in who we are in the Lord.

 

Aim for restoration (Completeness/Maturity)

  • Made complete – putting things in order. MATURITY
  • Adjusting things that are out of place
  • All we need in within us because of WHO IS IN US

 

Comfort one another

  • Be encouraged. Encourage one another. Come alongside.
  • Concern and Care for one another. More than just meeting need.
  • Listen and trust one another
  • The idea of doing life together

 

Agree with one another

  • What can we agree on?
    • TRUTH – In the essentials.
      • FEELINGS or FACTS
      • FEELINGS… I am god. FACTS… HE IS GOD
      • Our convictions are important, and we do need to have them.
    • THE JOURNEY – we are in this together
    • OUR IDENTITY – WE ARE A FAMILY

 

Live in peace

  • As we comfort
  • As we agree
  • We have peace

 

THEN…The Blessings

God’s Peace –  And the God of love and peace will be with you

  • The blessings of 1,2,3,4

 

Church unity/Gospel unityGreet one another with a holy kiss

  • Holy kiss – individual
  • All the Saints – universal

 

THE BENEDICTION: THE BLESSING OF REDEMPTION

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ

  • His Coming. His Deity. His Mission

 

The love of God

  • Calvary
  • Where the love of God was truly manifested

 

The fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  • Comforter, Helper
  • The means to live as THE CHURCH