The Power of the Articulated Gospel

This is the second post with my sermon notes from the Together for the Gospel Conference (T4G) that was held from April 10-12 in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from T4G, click here. More sermon notes to come.

Speaker: Al Mohler                                            Key text: Romans 10:5-17     

Listen to the full sermon: Audio || Video

By meeting in Christian community, we help keep each other in sound doctrine. Sometimes the gospel is underestimated, even by its proponents. Too often we are content to “share the gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.” That strips the gospel of its power! The gospel must be shared using words in order to be effective. In other words, we should “share the gospel at all times, and when necessary use actions.”                                           

The Machinery of a Solution

  1. The Word is Brought Near to Us
    The Word of God is brought near to the nation of Israel first. Throughout the Old Testament , God continually points to One who will come in the future to serve as a permanent sacrifice for humanity’s sin. In the New Testament, the gospel is brought near to all people through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When the Word of God is brought near, obedience brings life; disobedience brings death. Since the Word was brought near to us as Christians, we are responsible for bringing it near to others through proclaiming the gospel. The Word is words. It must be expressed in words. It’s not about proximity, but about articulation.
  2. The Power of the Gospel to Save
    If sinners confess their sins and believe in Jesus, they will be saved. It’s an apostolic, biblical, infallible promise. At the cross there is no distinction based on race, economic status, gender, etc. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and therefore need a Savior.
  3. The Necessity of Articulation
    The gospel is not brought near without words. The gospel required words in order to be received and believed or rejected. If you aren’t using words, you aren’t sharing the gospel. Good works show evidences of the gospel in the lives of believers. God uses human words to communicate his supernatural message. Christians are to preach, contend, and persuade with words. It takes words to articulate the gospel and actions to show the evidence of life change. The gospel requires exclusivity. Christians get the words to their ears; the Holy Spirit gets the words to their hearts.

Don’t underestimate the power of words when sharing the gospel!

Learn It. Love It. Live It.

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