THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (2)

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh continued preaching a new sermon in the series called ‘The Power of the Gospel’. Her main scriptures were taken from the Book of Romans. “For 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. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them … Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 1:16-19; 3:24; NKJ). Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that the book of Romans is considered the greatest write up in human history. It is written by the great Apostle Paul. He wrote it to the Christians in Rome. He has never been to Rome before he wrote this letter. Rome was the center of civilization at that time. God used the Book of Romans more than any other Book in the Bible to cause revival in the church. The great Martin Luther became converted thru the revelation of Romans 1:17. In the Book of Romans, the first 11 chapters describe the major doctrines of salvation by faith. From chapter 12 to 16, Paul writes the application of the doctrines. The reason why Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome was ‘to impart’ spiritual gifts so that they become ‘established’ in the faith (Romans 1:11). Lesson: conversion is only the beginning of the Christian race. We need the Gospel, not only at the beginning, but to the end. We need to become established, fruitful, and mature in the faith. The greatest teaching in the Book of Romans is this: Paul introduces the Gospel of Christ. In it, Paul describes the approved way to be right with God, righteousness, or justification by faith in Jesus Christ! This is the greatest doctrine of the Protestant Reformation! According to many Bible scholars Romans 3:24 is on the same level with John 3:16!!! Please memorize and meditate on it! This is the Gospel in one sentence: We are “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). Hallelujah! WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? The simplest definition of the Gospel is this: CHRIST DIED AND ROSE AGAIN FOR ME! In the Old Testament the Gospel is revealed as a shadow. For example, God cursed the serpent and the innocent lamb was killed to clothe the guilty Adam and Eve. Abel died for bringing the accepted sacrifice. Abraham offered his son Isaac on the altar, but God provided an innocent lamb to die for him (Genesis 3:15, 21; 4, and 22). All the animal sacrifices in the Book of Leviticus direct us to the Gospel. In Greek, the word ‘gospel’ (Euangelion) means ‘good news’. It appears 99 times in the Bible. These are different names: The Gospel of God, The Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Gospel of His Son, The Gospel of the Kingdom, The Gospel of the Grace of God, The Gospel of the Glory of Christ, and Paul calls it: ‘My Gospel’. The Gospel is A REVELATION FROM GOD!!! It is not a teaching from men. You need the Holy Spirit to preach and to receive the Gospel! There is ‘another gospel’ which is fake and comes from human teaching (Galatians 1:6-12). It does not change the hearts of men and it has no power to save sinners. When they receive the fake gospel, the people become religious but are not saved! There is a curse over the preaching of such a fake Gospel! The true Gospel comes with God’s power to change hearts, to save men and to give them eternal life! The Holy Spirit blesses the preaching of the Gospel! Paul preached the Gospel to unbelievers and to believers. The Gospel is for salvation and sanctification. Paul always preached the Gospel in the power, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 1:17; 2:1-5; 1Thess 1:4-6, 10). The Gospel tells people that God has done something, to save them. This is something only God could do! It is not what men have done (works) but what God has done! As you preach the Gospel, never forget the Trinity! The Father has designed the plan of Salvation. The Son has executed it. The Holy Spirit applies it to our hearts that we may receive the Gospel and understand it! Worship the Lord! PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES1-“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:8, 9; NKJ)The presence of God is the antidote against the spirit of fear and intimidation! 2-“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3; NKJ)The word ‘paths’ means going up on the spiral staircase to the place of rest and prosperity! 3-“The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!” (Proverbs 26:13)The spell of laziness that leads to poverty is broken! The supernatural prosperity has come! In Jesus’ name! Glory to God!

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