Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NEW YOUTUBE SERIES

Greetings Everybody!

I'm starting a new video teaching series where I explore through the book of John in 15 minute (devo-sized) segments. Go ahead and watch the first three videos (covering the prologue to the book). More to come. Subscribe to my youtube channel in order to stay tuned and up to date with new videos.



Sunday, August 10, 2014

THE GOSPEL

In our day, we have preachers who claim to preach the gospel, but who instead bring a false and "accursed gospel" (Gal 1). It is absolutely essential for us to identify the true gospel, and to hold fast to that message which actually can save souls.

Today, there are many presentations of the gospel:

"Give your heart to God.   Repent and be baptized.   Come forward and confess Christ publicly.   Commit your life to Christ.   Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Christ.   Turn your life over to Jesus.   Invite Jesus into your heart.   Turn from your sins.   Obey the Golden Rule.   Pray to receive Christ.   Put Christ on the throne of your life.  Ask God to forgive you."

Each of these "methods of salvation” center in what you (put your name here) are to do.

The clear gospel “good news” in the Scriptures is a specific message about what Christ did for helpless sinners. (Rom 5:6) The sinner can only receive God's free grace in the completed work of Christ by faith, and if it is not on the grounds of faith alone in Christ alone, it is not saving faith.

Because the good news of Christ is the power of God for salvation (Rom 1:16), we must make it clear for everyone to understand.

The TRUE gospel is: actually good news. Good news about what? It is news about the Lord Jesus Christ. It is about the startling actions that He took for each soul He created.

But in order to understand the good news, here's some bad news.

The bad news is that every human being is born spiritually dead in a separate condition from God. (The only exception to this is Jesus Christ. He was born sinless and lived as a perfect man. He in fact was God dwelling in Human flesh).

The condition of every other human being, regardless of who they are, is that they have offended their God. (Rom 3:23) We have sinned. Sin is not a psychological disorder. It is not an accident. It is not a social problem. Sin is the lawless rebellion committed in the heart towards our creator.

"There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one." (Rom 3:10)
Every human being is at odds with their Creator. We don't understand Him.  We are not friends with God, because by nature we rebel against Him.

And it gets worse.

We are responsible to God. One day, He will judge us in perfect righteousness and justice. If left to ourselves, each of us will go to an eternal hell as justice is served for our sin.

God did not create us to destroy us. He created us to perform good works which He planned for us before the world was created (Eph 2:10). But He is just and He is our judge. Every human being is hopelessly destined to justice for sin one day in an eternal lake of fire.

It is our sin that causes this judgment. It is our sin that separates man from God.

The bad news? SIN!
The good news is this:

"Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He raised on the third day." - (1 Cor 15:3)

That's it!

What then is our part? In light of the gospel, what can I do to be saved?

Believe in the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved! (Acts 16:30-31).

Every false gospel requires us to exchange our deeds, emotions, and efforts for salvation.

If my focus is on what I must do, then I may rightly wonder if I have done enough. If I invite Jesus into my heart, the question, "Did He come in?" If I committed my life to Christ, "Did I commit enough?" If I ask God to forgive me, "Did He really forgive me?"

But Paul told the prison guard to "believe on the Lord Jesus." If we believe that Christ resolved our sins by His death, burial and resurrection, then we are saved!

When there is a clear presentation of the true gospel, the focus is on the person and work of Christ alone! Believing in the death of Christ for our sins, His burial, and His resurrection, is the only thing that gives sure peace that our sins are resolved.

It is that simple.

Scripture consistently teaches that the good news is what Christ has done. Scripture consistently teaches exactly what Paul preached: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved."

Mark 15:32, Luke 8:12, John 3:36, John 20:31, Acts 4:4, Acts 4:13-16, 1 Cor 1:21, Gal 2:16, Eph 1:13, 1 Thess 4:14.

These are some verses that will challenge you with the truth of God's good news. It is powerful to salvation (Rom 1:16).

The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world!
That is the work of salvation.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you WILL BE SAVED!

What is the gospel you have listened to?
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL YOU PREACH?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Don't Focus on the Family

I would like to recommend a message by Francis Chan. While we recognize the shortcomings of many of his teachings, in this message in particular he emphasizes an excellent point. Please appreciate his point about where our focus needs to be as Christians.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Uniqueness of Christianity


Check out this video. Listen as Jabe Nicholson shares about how Christianity is unique and distinguished compared to all other religions.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Signature

Some of my cohorts and I put together this short film a couple years ago. Enjoy, and pass it on to others if you find it helpful.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Birth: Required?


Two weeks ago, I was sitting in the back of a chapel room. As I looked around, I was able to see that a large amount of savings had been designated towards making everything just perfect for the event. The lighting was perfect. The plasma screens up front displayed majestic views of mountains, waterfalls, and streams in the woods. There was beautiful ambient music in the background, calming any nerves one might have. The open casket captured the attention of many, and before long the preacher arrived at his pulpit to deliver the subject matter.