Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:11-16; John 15
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
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?
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”
“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