The gospel is a wonderful thing, and in the gospel is the power of salvation. God has given us a charge to preach that blessed gospel. Can we, along with Paul, say that we are not ashamed?
We are bombarded with various offers every day, and many of them we will simply ignore because they mean nothing to us. But there is one offer, the offer of God’s grace through Jesus Christ that we must be sure not to ignore. The consequences of refusing to accept that offer are far too great
In this evening lesson, we continue examining the five core doctrines of Calvinism, focusing on the third part of the TULIP acronym, Limited Atonement. Through this lesson, we hope to demonstrate that Christ died to give all people the opportunity to be saved, and to teach anything different robs the gospel of it’s power to save (Rom. 1:16)
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Those were the words of John the Baptizer who came as a forerunner of the Messiah. He knew who Jesus was, and he directed others to the savior as well.
In Luke 14, Jesus expressed the need for his followers to understand the cost of following him. In several places He speaks of His disciples to know what they will face when they follow Him. In Luke 9, there are three men who needed to understand the cost of following Jesus. One needed to better understand the Pressure that would be put on him as a follower; one needed to understand the Priority he needed to place on following Jesus. A third man needed to understand that when it comes to following Jesus, it is a Pursuit that requires whole-hearted, unwavering commitment.
In a world filled with so much information, and so many doctrines and ideas about the Bible, it falls on God’s people to make sure that they are equipped for defending the truth. We must earnestly contend for the faith.
As Christians we must always make the most of the opportunity presented to us to preach the gospel. As we study God’s word today, we can learn about taking the opportunities we have from the Lord himself.