Session 4: Gospel Power
Without Gospel Power, we can achieve nothing.
We will act out of our own strength and fleshly desires if we do not rely on the gospel’s power. John 15—apart from me, you can do nothing, abide in me.
Romans 1:16-17—I am not ashamed of the Gospel…as it is written ‘the righteous shall live for faith by faith.’
Gospel=God’s power for salvation to all who believe
From faith, for faith, by faith—begins, continues, and ends with belief. Gospel all the time, forever.
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling—it is all about God.
3 Tenses of the Gospel: Past, Present, and Future. Salvation—from what? To what? For what?
Past: We have been saved from the penalty of sin
We have rejected God by supplanting truth with lies
The wrath of God is important to understand God’s mercy and grace.
“You were dead…following the spirit of the flesh and sons of disobedience, children of wrath…by grace you have been saved.”
John 17: Father love them with the same love that you have for me. (2 Cor. 5)
The cross takes on the Past, Present, and Future of sin. Once, for all (Hebrews)
When you beat yourself up, you say that Jesus wasn’t beaten enough. In the moment of sin, you can repent and thank God for forgiving, for paying the debt of death for sin.
Do you know that you are saved? Are you trying to make up for it? Your sin was paid for, your shame covered. Your sin cannot be bigger than God’s grace.
Present: we are being saved from the power of sin
1 Cor. 15 the Church questions the resurrection and Paul says that if there is no resurrection, then all is for naught. He was saying that resurrection is life in a new body, to live on a new earth, after death. Not a disembodied state.
“By which you stand—and by which you are being saved if you hold fast to what I teach.” If you keep believing this gospel, you will continue to be saved, transformed.
Jesus appeared to many after his Resurrection. He walked amongst us—they ate with him, and touched him. Jesus is the first fruit of the new creation; Jesus is what the future is like. You will have a new body—and Jesus has a new body already. The resurrection is the future breaking into the present by Jesus.
The church is those that are currently being saved by the work of Jesus.
You can’t ‘go be Jesus’—there is only one Jesus. However, you can be filled by his spirit so he can live in your life today and live through you. So that the world can see that He is alive—that is the life of a Christian, letting the real person of Jesus to be formed in us. The true image of the invisible God living in us, working through us—we are being saved.
Romans 8—the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is the same spirit that lives in you now! God came to dwell in us. We are BEING saved. The blood shed by Jesus for the rebellion against God has saved us from our sin and saved us to the new life in Christ. We are made holy.
You are literally walking around with God in you. When you walk out of the house, know that the power of creation and resurrection is walking out of the house inside you. Don’t depend on yourself to be Jesus, depend on Jesus to be Jesus through you, by his Holy Spirit. Make your life known through me, let others know that it is you that does this work.
How do you know if you are believing this? You will experience victory over sin. We are not slaves to sin Romans Chp 6-8.
Future: We will be saved from the presence of Sin
1 Peter Chp 1:3 Born again, to a living hope, to the resurrection, to an inheritance—kept in heaven for you who by God’s power through faith for a salvation to be revealed in the last days.
What really matters cannot be taken away. What really matters will last forever
In your mission, you may worry what people will think of you. You might worry what people will do when you let them into your home—you will be persecuted, but you must rest in the security and salvation of the lord. Know the future that the Lord has for us.
Jim Elliot—He is no fool who will lose what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. What matters most is our relationship with Jesus. We will lose nothing that matters, even when we give up everything---we will never lose Jesus. Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
The Future is secure—He is your savior. Nothing anyone can do can take away your relationship and salvation in Jesus Christ. Stop worrying about what people think of you.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Which one of these do I most struggle with believing is true for me today?— We have been saved (guilt and performance), we are being saved (the presence of God, victory over sin), we will be saved (worrying about the future).
How do we struggle to proclaim the Gospel to these different areas
What can we as a group do to rehearse this areas of the gospel’s manifestation? Past, present, future. What kinds of practices will help us do that?