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The gospel and the finished work of Jesus Christ

  1. What is the Gospel?
    1. John 3:16 – the summary of the gospel
  2. Why is it needed? (Sin & Death)
    1. Sin is far deeper than isolated acts of active disobedience to God (EXAMPLES). It is also far deeper than isolated acts of passive omission to do God’s will (EXAMPLES).3 The Bible teaches that, apart from Christ, we are completely enmeshed in, deceived by, and enslaved to sin (read Eph. 2:1-3).Romans 3:10 – 31
    2. The Bible emphatically states that the human heart is not inclined toward good, but toward evil. Therefore, the Bible opposes the optimistic humanist perspective that holds for an inherently positive and good human nature (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
    3. Every human is sinful, sin is generated internally
  3. What does it mean to be spiritually dead?
    1. Gen 2:15-17 Man is spirit in a body and in the fall, we became predominantly body
    2. God, being righteous and just, cannot accept those who commit crimes against him, and that includes all of us. God’s justice decrees that he must punish every crime committed against him. The punishment is death. 
    3. Ephesians 2:1
    4. It is the sin and death problems that make it impossible for a person to gain life with God through his own good works because no matter how good he is, he still is a criminal in God’s sight and under the sentence of eternal death.
  4. Why do need a saviour?
    1. God created the world and placed man there to live and tend it. 
    2. God created man for his purpose and plans (Isaiah 43:7, Jer 29:11) and thus needs man to fulfill it but God is a sinless being who can’t dwell or relate with sin.
    3. Man fell, God gave laws through Moses which are impossible to keep and thus man was kept permanently separated from God. this is why we need a saviour
    4. We need to be made holy (Hebrews 12:14)
  5. Who is Jesus? 
    1. John 1:1 -18 Jesus is God enfleshed. At the Incarnation, two natures (full deity and full, sinless humanity) were inseparably united in one Person, Jesus Christ. Jesus had to be fully human in order to die for the sins of humanity (Heb. 2:17; 10:4-7); Jesus had to be sinless in order to die for our sins (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 3:18); Jesus had to be fully God in order for his death to pay for all of our sins (Heb. 10:10-12; Col. 2:9,13,14).
  6. What does the substitutionary work of Jesus mean?
    1. the only way a righteous God could accept sinful people without compromising his character is by punishing someone in our place.
    2. God was not obligated in any way (by anything in us or outside himself) to provide atonement for us; it is a free, unmerited gift extended by him. The motivation for the atonement comes from within God himself—his righteousness and justice demand the payment of death for our sins, and in his love and mercy he provides that payment for us himself (1 Jn. 4:10).
    3. God the Son, became a man, lived a perfect life, allowed himself to be arrested, tried, convicted and crucified. As Jesus hung upon the cross, God the Father took every sin I have committed or will commit and put them on Jesus and punished him on my place. Jesus became my substitute, taking my sins on him and then the wrath of God my sins deserve. (Isaiah 53)
  7. What does my salvation mean?
    1. Eternal life
    2. Victory for evermore
  8. Why do we celebrate Christmas and how can i truly celebrate it?
    1. To honor the birth of Christmas
    2. Share the gospel

This message was preached at The K.I.N 2019 Christmas Hangout

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