The Best News You've Ever Heard

Posted on 08/14/17 by John Lindell in The Gospel Revealed: The Book of Romans (Part 1)

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a powerful sermon titled “The Best News You’ve Ever Heard.” Join us as we kick off our new sermon series, Gospel Revealed: The Book of Romans (Part 1), and learn about how salvation is offered through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that this message would strengthen your faith as you grow in your understanding of the power and might of the Gospel.

 

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The Best News You’ve Ever Heard

1st The Gospel is from God

Romans 1:1 ESV
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.

Romans 1:2 ESV
which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures . . .

Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG
How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

2nd The Gospel is about Jesus

Romans 1:3-4 ESV
concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Romans 1:5b ESV
. . . for the sake of his name among all the nations.

3rd The Gospel produces obedience

Romans 1:5a ESV
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith . . .

4th The Gospel is for everyone

Romans 1:5b ESV
. . . for the sake of his name among all the nations.

Romans 1:14-15 ESV
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

5th The Gospel is God’s power

Romans 1:16 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

Hebrews 2:14-15a NLT
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all…

Revelation 1:17-18 MSG
I saw this and fainted dead at his feet. His right hand pulled me upright, his voice reassured me: “Don’t fear: I am First, I am Last, I’m Alive. I died, but I came to life, and my life is now forever. See these keys in my hand? They open and lock Death’s doors, they open and lock Hell’s gates.

Colossians 2:13-15 NLT
Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

6th The Gospel produces righteousness

Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23a ESV
For the wages of sin is death.

Romans 1:17 ESV
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous will live by faith.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.