Will The Real Gospel Please Stand Up?

(Ome: Hey beloveds! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon two weeks ago. In this sermon, Pastor went through the only sermon preached by Paul that was fully recorded by the Holy Spirit, and showed what the gospel, long before man added anything to it, was like. He also touched on the forgiveness of sins, and how important it is, that forgiveness of sins is not basics, but the foundation to everything. Beloveds, this sermon is by no means basics. This sermon is foundational, and this is what we live by everyday. We don’t live by cheem revelations. When you are in the heat of life, circumstances are oppressive or you just got back your grades and they fall short, it is not the cheem revelations that you remember, but the truth of the gospel, which is the forgiveness of sins through Christ, with only condition being believe. This is the truth that will really helps you.

Be blessed!)

19 February 2012 Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Prince

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

Romans 1:16-17

16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Acts 13:14-17

14But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.” 16Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: 17The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.

Acts 13:36,38-39

36“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;

38Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Psalm 130:3-4

3If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.

1 John 2:12

12I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

2 Peter 1:5-9

5But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

Genesis 49:33-50:1

33And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

1Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him, and kissed him.

Genesis 50:15-23

15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17“Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”‘ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. 22So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father’s household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. 23Joseph saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation. The children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph’s knees.

Key take-home points:

  • The only qualification to be saved is to believe. In Paul’s sermon in Acts, Paul said that through Jesus is preached the forgiveness of sins, and that by Him, all who believe are justified in all things from which they could not be justified through the law. Paul never said, as some preachers today, that only “those who repent” are saved (in the sense of outward acts of repentance). He also never said that only those who “have a heart for God” are saved. These conditions, added by some preaches, are error. Any “you must” that is added to man’s part to be saved is error. In fact, the only part man has is to believe and receive.
  • The same qualification to be saved is the same qualification to be healed, prosperous, protected, and blessed. This is because the word “save”, which is “sozo” in Greek, is a very rich word that means not only salvation in the sense of being saved from hell, but also protection, prosperity deliverance, and healing. Today, God has made Jesus our righteousness, and that has qualified us to every blessing of the righteous, we only have to believe and receive.
  • There are people in the Christian circle who says that forgiveness of sins produces licentiousness. But it’s not what Jesus believed. Jesus said that those who are forgiven much, love much. He gave a woman caught in adultery the gift of no condemnation, before she is told to go and sin no more. The gift of forgiveness of sins is what empowers people to go and sin no more, and what empowers people to love God. The knowledge of forgiveness of sins produces obedience and right living. The knowledge that God has forgiven our sins for Christ’s sake produces awe, gratefulness and genuine reverence and worship of Him.
  • Towards the end of the book of Genesis, Joseph’s last recorded weeping before he passed on, was when he saw that his brothers did not believe that he had forgiven them, and lied to Joseph that their father left a message telling him to forgive them. Joseph was a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, and a picture of what the Lord is grieved with in the end time. No, the Lord is not grieved with sin. He took care of that two thousand years ago at the cross. The Lord is grieved when his brothers, us, don’t believe that He has forgiven us. Today, mainstream Christianity has all kinds of funny idea as to what grieves the Holy Spirit (Christ in unlimited form, in us), when the Bible says that there is only one thing that grieves Him: when we speak words of non-grace. On the contrary, when we speak words of grace, words of Jesus’ forgiveness, we gladden Him. When we believe that we are completely forgiven, forever, we gladden Him, we are honouring all that He has done, we are saying that all His sacrifices have not been in vain.