SERMONS

The Power of the Good News

Scripture: Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

 

Thrust: Every believer that is saved by the Gospel of Christ must know of its transforming power and must speak to others about who God is and what God wants.

 

"Education without values as useful as it is, seems rather ot make man a more clever devil."

- C. S. Lewis

 

I. The Gospel is the Power of God

"If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus' fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him."

― A.W. Tozer, Preparing for Jesus' Return: Daily Live the Blessed Hope

 

For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb 4:12)

 

A sword with two edges has no blunt side: it cuts both this way and that. The revelation of God given us in Holy Scripture is edge all over. It is alive in every part, and in every part keen to cut the conscience, and wound the heart. Depend upon it, there is not a superfluous verse in the Bible, nor a chapter which is useless.

- Charles Spurgeon

 

A. Power to Divide the Soul and Spirit and Joints and Marrow

B. Power to Discern the Thoughts and Intents of the Heart

 

 

II. The Gospel is the Righteousness of God

A. Reveals Who God Is

 

... because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse (Ro 1:19-20)

 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. (Ro 1:18)

 

B. Reveals What God Wants

 

God our saviour, who desires that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:4)

 

Conclusion

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things! (Ro 10:14-15)

 

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Ro 10:17)