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



Takk = Nåde

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Denne talen handler om at ‘takk’ peker på Guds nåde. Det nye testamentet har ikke ett eget ord for takk. Det ordet som brukes som takk, er «nåde». Vi kjenner det igjen fra italiensk og spansk (graci og gracias) som likner på det engelske ordet «grace» (nåde). Vi forstår da at ‘takk’ peker på Guds nåde.

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