Passage: Matthew 16:13–16:19, Romans 1:15–1:17, 1 Corinthians 15:1–15:5
LION #1 Principle – Regardless of obstacle we should still be eager to preach the gospel!
What the gospel isn’t:
- The gospel is not a social issue – ie. caring for the poor
- The gospel is not a self-help seminar
- The gospel is not church attendance/baptism/good works
- The gospel is not performance oriented or behavior modification
LION Principle #2 – We share the message we received.
“That is the gospel. These are the facts my friend, there is no gospel apart from these three facts. That is what the gospel is. Jesus Christ died for your sins, He was buried, and He rose from the dead. That is the gospel – that is good news.” J. Vernon
“Come to me…” you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest
“Come to me…” all you who are thirsty and hungry and be satisfied
“Come to me…” all who are willing to approach me with child=like faith, child-like dependence, and child-like trust
“Come to me…” and find life
“Effective calling is an act of God the Father, speaking through the human proclamation of the gospel, in which He summons people to Himself in such a way that they respond in saving faith.” Wayne Grudem
LION Principle #3 – Until we can claim the gospel for our own life we are not experiencing salvation.