Gospel Roots

Summary

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:11-16; John 15

Insight

God expects his children to grow in Christ and grow in maturity.

Ephesians 4:15 mentions “speaking the truth in love”. Maturity comes as we all learn to speak the gospel into each others lives.

What is the gospel?

  • Who is Jesus?

    • A perfect man, lived a perfect life, the God-man, the promised Messiah sent to savers from sin and death, crucified, buried, raised on the third day.

  • What did Jesus do on the cross?

    • He exchanged His righteousness on the cross for our sin because we deserved death.

    • He rose from the dead to show HIs power over sin and death.

  • What must we do? What is the action of the gospel?

    • Repent, believe, put our trust and dependence in what Jesus has done for us.

    • Follow in baptism; the act of obedience publicly expressing our faith to the world.

  • What happens after we repent and believe?

    • 2 Corinthians 5:17

    • Romans 8:29

    • We receive the Holy Spirit

    • We are adopted into God’s family

    • We are commissioned with God’s authority to make disciples of Jesus

  • If we believe in the gospel, how do we grow in it?

    • John 15:1-11

      • “abide”

        • free from the penalty of sin (positionally justified)

        • free from the power of sin (continually being sanctified)

        • we are not free from the presence of sin, but we should abide in Him and in His Word.

          • “if you abide”; “if you keep my commandments”

  • I John 4

    • “this is love”; “this is the gospel”

  • Colossians 3:5-10

    • “put to death”

The essence of sin is unbelief in the gospel and in who God is.

  • If we are sinning we:

    • don’t believe His greatness

    • don’t believe His glory

    • don’t believe His goodness

    • don’t believe His grace