The MIRACLE of the Gospel (2 Of 5) by Steve Wagers

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The MIRACLE of the Gospel (2 Of 5)
Series: God's Glorious Gospel
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1 Timothy 1: 13-17

(1) Gives the Sinner a Story of Transformation!
a) The Gross Deeds that Scarred His Past
b) The Grim Diagnosis that Summarized His Past
(2) Gives the Servant a Spirit of Dedication!
a) A Trophy of the Gospel
b) A Tool for the Gospel
(3) Gives the Saint a Song of Celebration!
a) Salvation is by God's Grace
b) Salvation is for God's Glory

I love the song "Saved, Saved" written by J. P. Schofield. Schofield wrote the song after one of Mordecai Ham's meetings in Gonzales, Texas. Ham was preaching on the subject, "Christ Our Refuge." In the audience was a man that had killed 4 men. He listened to Ham explain that Christ is a refuge "for sinners of any and every stripe," and that the "Cities of Refuge" are a type of Christ, who is "a haven of hope and eternal forgiveness for all who will flee to Him."

Midway through the sermon the killer jumped up from his seat and began shouting, "Saved! Saved! Saved!" Sitting there in his seat, he found Christ as his refuge. Schofield was so inspired that, the next afternoon, he composed both the words and music for the song.

I've found a friend
Who is all to me,
His love is ever true.
I love to tell how He lifted me,
And what His grace can do for you.

Saved by His power divine,
Saved to new life sublime.
Life now is sweet
And my joy is complete;
For, I'm saved! Saved! Saved!

Starting last week, we are getting back to the basics of God's Glorious Gospel. Many, who have been saved for years, are familiar with the term "gospel," yet have little working knowledge of the truth of the gospel, what it is and what it does.

The most common response people give is that the gospel is "good news." And, indeed it is good news. The Greek word for "gospel" is 'euangelion,' which means "good news." But, what is the good news?

I believe one of the great definitions of God's glorious go ...


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