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The MUST of the Gospel (3 of 5)
Series: God's Glorious Gospel
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Romans 1: 14-10:17
(1) The Declaration We Must Underscore!
a) The Pledge by which Paul Behaved
b) The Power in which Paul Believed
(2) The Accusation We Must Understand!
a) Man's Irreparable Problem
b) Sin's Irreversible Penalty
C) God's Irreplaceable Provision
(3) The Participation We Must Undertake!
a) The Gospel must be Believed
b) The Gospel must be Received
John Paton is relatively unknown among Christians today. He served for 10 years as the pastor of a growing Scottish church, but God began to burden his heart for the New Hebrides, a group of Pacific islands filled with cannibalistic peoples and no knowledge of the gospel. He set his heart on one island in particular. Twenty years earlier two missionaries had gone to that island. They were killed and cannibalized. So it was no surprise that many dissuaded Paton from even the thought of following in these missionaries' footsteps.
Paton wrote, "Amongst many who sought to deter me, was one dear old Christian gentleman, whose crowning argument always was, 'The Cannibals! You will be eaten by Cannibals!'" John Paton replied to this man, "Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honouring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer."
At the age of thirty-three, John Paton traveled to the New Hebrides with his wife. The journey was not easy. His wife and newborn child died within months after arriving, and he found himself alone, digging their graves with his bare hands. He faced threat after threat upon his life. But in the years to come, countless cannibals across the New Hebrides came to know Christ. ...
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