Monday, June 25, 2012

Gospel as Center: chapter 7

The question: "What is the Gospel?"

Short answer: 1 Timothy 1:15. Sinners miss God's holy standard, hurting our relationship with Him. BUT that's where Jesus comes in. Of note: "Sin has power in your life because you love it" (p. 130).
  1. God provides what He requires:
    1. His image (in Christ)
    2. His holiness (of Christ - showing how and enabling to rightly live)
    3. His justice (a perfect sacrifice)
    4. Christ's righteousness (the "great exchange")
    5. God's love (unconditional)
    6. Covenant faithfulness (deliverance before obedience; Ephesians 2:8-9)
    7. Faith in Christ (simply trust His power by admitting your lack thereof)
    8. Rest in Christ - "simply relying on Christ's work" (p. 120).
  2. God perfects what He provides:
    1. Union with Christ (His death and resurrection)
    2. Family bonds (always His child)
    3. Eternal protection (Romans 8:28)
    4. Personal power - "the Holy Spirit translates our prayers into perfect petitions for God's will to be done" (p. 128); 1 Corinthians 1:27
    5. Spiritual growth (SIMPLE FAITH - by testing and transformation)
    6. Spiritual security (birthed of yielding to Him; see 1 John 4:19 and Romans 12:1-3)
    7. Eternal inheritance (new heaven and earth)
  3. God uses what He perfects: Our purpose is
    1. Individual - Christ's heart is our heart (Romans 6:4-11)
    2. Corporate - proclaiming the Gospel as the church
    3. Redemptive - He transforms all areas of our lives!

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