September 2011 - The power of the gospel

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor.1:18
Rediscover the power of the gospel
The Gospel is not a moral doctrine, but it changes people's lives
The Gospel is not a philosophy of life, but it does help, give strength and wisdom to live
The gospel is not a religion, but it is relationship with the living God Rom 1:16
New generations and new believers need to get the gospel content
- If not Christianity just a philosophy or moral doctrine, and church life is reduced to a social club!

The Gospel does not require IQ
Communication and relevance are important, but we must preserve the authenticity, purity and simplicity of the gospel!
1 Corinthians 1:22-25 says that God has put the gospel on a level for all - "requires no IQ"
Criticism of the Gospel: Jews / religion: The word of the cross a stumbling / tripping stone - scandal
Greek / intellectual: the word of the cross is foolishness - idiocy / absurd

BUT: The word of the cross!
1 Corinthians 2:2

To talk about:
A) 5 core concept of the Atonement, talk about the meaning of them.
B) Which of the core concepts belove have meant something to you personally?

1) Reconciliation - the restoration of relationship with God - 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
2) Salvation - deliverance from sin and Satan, and the certainty of eternal life - John 3:16-17
3) Fairness - the restoration of human dignity and self-esteem - 2 Corinthians 5:21
4) Redemption - bought off to a life in freedom and victory - Res 1:13-14
5) Healing - the restoration of physical and mental health and strength - 1 Peter 2:23



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