I. I must have an honest relationship to God. (Psalm 66:18)
II. I must have a forgiving attitude toward others. (Mark 11:24-25)
III. I must be willing to share the results. (Proverbs 21:13)
IV. I must believe that God answers prayers. (James 1:5-7)
V. I must pray in Jesus’ name. (John 14:13-14)
The Gospel Truth
1 Corinthians 15
Three things that sin brings to man:
I. The scriptural content of the gospel.
A. Jesus’ death on the cross deals with the debt of sin we owe.
B. Jesus’ burial deals with sins defilement to us.
C. Jesus’ resurrection deals with sins dominance.
II. The saving intent of the gospel. (1 Cor. 1:1-2)
A. When you believe the gospel you are saved.
1. Things people do other than believing Jesus is the only way to God.
- Take the path of sincerity.
- Take the path of service.
- Take the path of sacraments.
B. When you believe it you will be strengthened.
C. When you believe it you will be secure.
III. The saving extent of the gospel.
A. It extends to every person.
B. It extends to every place.
C. It extends to every problem.
IV. The saving difference of the gospel. (1 Cor. 15:14; 17)
A. Because Christ is risen, His purpose is still unchangeable.
B. Because Christ is risen, His power is still available.
C. Because Christ is risen, His promises are still reliable.
PAUL’S TESTIMONY TO SUNNYVALE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
I. Paul the man.
A. He was a servant.
B. He was set apart by God.
II. Paul’s message.
A. Jesus Christ is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament.
B. Salvation from sin is based on God’s grace, not man’s merit.
III. Paul’s ministry.
A. He was thankful for the people in the church at Rome.
B. Church are famous for many things: Size, buildings, music, pastors.
C. What God wants us to be famous for:
1. Our faith in God.
2. Our love for God and people.
IV. Paul’s motivation.
A. He was obligated; a debtor.
B. He was eager.
C. He was not ashamed.
Christ Alone Is All We Need
Colossians 1:15 – 2:23
All we need is Christ! Christ alone, and nothing else!
- It’s not Christ plus human reason or understanding (v. 2:8)
- It’s not Christ plus religious practices (v. 2:16)
- It’s not Christ plus mystical experiences (v. 2:18)
- It’s not Christ plus self denial (v. 2:20)
Are you resting, trusting, living, and even facing death in the confidence of the
sufficiency of Christ?
Your Personal Application Today: