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The Gospel Truth - Pt. III (36 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Now as we approach the conclusion of our study of the book of 1 Corinthians, where we've been learning about LIVING UNDER KINGDOM AUTHORITY, I do believe that God has saved the best for last!
Chapter 15 starts out with
(1) The MANDATE of the Gospel.
*We are to preach the gospel: that's our calling.
*We are to receive the gospel: that's our choice.
*We are to stand on the gospel: that's our conviction.
*We are saved by the gospel: that's our confidence.
And then last time together beginning in verse 3 we saw
(2) The MESSAGE of the Gospel.
And that message is three-fold:
*Christ paid for our sins.
Jesus died as a sacrifice and as our substitute.
*Christ put away our sins.
In becoming sin, Jesus put away our sins in a tomb.
*Christ prevailed over our sins.
We read in verse 4 that ''He rose again the third day ..'' Jesus is not behind us in a tomb, He is before us on a throne!
Have you ever played the ''what-if'' game? It will certainly make you stop and think. For instance:
*What if my father had not gone to that little café in Houston, Texas for lunch that day and laid eyes on Billie Sue Smith sitting at a table, eating with some of her colleagues?
*What if he had not asked the waitress to walk over to her table and get her name and phone number? What if they had never met or married?
*What if I had not gone to Minnesota to serve as a summer missionary in 1978 to work with a church planter? That church planter had a daughter and at the end of the summer, she was in my car heading to Texas!
*What if Julie and I never married?
*What if I had never had throat cancer and was asked to give my testimony during the Pastor's Conference in 2001 in New Orleans, where some of the members of the RSBC Pastor Search Team had shown up looking for a pastor? What if?
Consider this: what if Jesus had never ro ...
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