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Easter Sunday: What the Gospel Inspires (2 of 2)
I Corinthians 15
Introduction: A loaded recreational vehicle pulled into the only remaining campsite. Four children jumped out and hurried to unload their gear and set up the tent. Then one boy and one girl rushed off to gather firewood, while the other boy and girl helped their mother begin dinner. A nearby camper remarked to the father, "That's teamwork." The farther replied, "That's my system. No one goes to the bathroom until camp is set up."
Today we're going to talk about motivation. Last week we looked at I Corinthians 15:8-10 and noted WHY the gospel inspires. The gospel inspires because JESUS inspires. He's the most inspirational man who ever lived. The gospel inspires because FORGIVENESS inspires. Paul had been forgiven of his acts of persecution against the church and WE have been forgiven our acts of rebellion against God. The gospel inspires because transformation inspires. By the grace of God Paul had been called to be an Apostle, one sent forth to preach the gospel - he was a changed man. God takes us as we are but he doesn't leave us that way. We are transformed. Just as P90X can eventually give you washboard abs, Jesus will eventually give you spiritual abs like love, joy, peace, patience, etc. And finally, the gospel inspires because resurrection inspires. Jesus' resurrection was the "first-fruits." God offers the certainty of Jesus resurrection as a guarantee of our own resurrection with new bodies into a new heaven AND a new earth.
These are the reasons WHY the gospel inspires. All of this and more were incorporated into Paul's motivation when he said, "his grace to me was not without effect." Today we want to look at WHAT the gospel inspires.
I. THE GOSPEL INSPIRES HARD WORK
I Corinthians 15:10b "And his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me."
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