People have been asking for me to begin placing my sermons online. We do not record our Sunday services, but we gave it a try this week. For Easter I broke from our study of Galatians and preached a topical sermon presenting the gospel as clearly as I knew how. I followed the basic 1. God 2. Man 3. Christ 4. Response presentation. and followed the great witness training outline I picked up from Andy Davis of First Baptist Church Durham NC.
1. I focused on three of God’s offices, Creator, King, and Judge. As Creator God lovingly made all things and therefore rightfully rules the universe as sovereign King. As King God makes both natural and moral laws. When man breaks those laws God stands as righteous Judge. (Genesis 1:1, Acts 14:27, Psalm 47:7, Psalm 103:19, Exodus 20:1-21, Matthew 22:34-40, Psalm 96:13, Habakkuk 1:13)
2. Human beings, created in the image of God by our loving Creator debase the image of God when we rebel against Him, the King. The righteous Judge must declare us guilty and pronounce the appropriate death sentence. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:10-12, 1 John 3:4, Exodus 20:1-21, Matthew 22:34-40, Matthew 12:36, Romans 6:23)
3. Christ, the God-man who came performing miracles, and living a sinless life stands as the only suitable substitute able to take our punishment upon himself. (Isaiah 33:22, Matthew 1:21, John 1:14, Matthew 11:5, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, Ephesians 1:7, Romans 6:23)
4. Christ calls for repentance and faith. We must not work for our own salvation, because no matter how hard we may try, human beings fall woefully short of the King’s perfect standard. We must instead turn from our own self sufficiency and cling to Christ alone for mercy and grace. Through Christ, God the Creator can make you into a new creation and joyful servant of the King. The righteous Judge provides full pardon as Christ takes the death penalty himself upon the cross for all who turn to him in faith. (Acts 16:30, Mark 1:15, Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 6:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17 1 John 3:24, John 5:24, John 1:12 , John 11:25-26)