Beauty from Ashes: The Plight of Man and the Purposes of God

This is the second post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: Thabiti Anyabwile                                       Key text: Romans 1:13-18

The plan of God is to send unashamed preachers to unreached people to display His unparalleled power and unearned righteousness that is in Christ to save a dying world from their sin. We are to pursue this plan with the right motive, the right message, and the right mark. The gospel must be proclaimed before it can be professed (1 Corinthians 2:2; Colossians 1:28). Paul the Apostle was eager to preach the gospel because he wasn’t ashamed of it. His unashamedness released his eagerness (Romans 15:18-21). 

The gospel saves sinners by giving them a righteousness that is not their own. Any type of living that is done without the righteousness of Christ results in the wrath of God. This is the plight of man. Paul didn’t shrink back from any part of the gospel, including the reality of God’s wrath. If we mitigate the harshness of God’s wrath, we minimize the urgency of God’s mission. The reality of the wrath of God is as necessary in a fallen world as the reality of a loving God (Exodus 22:23-24, 32:9-10; Numbers 16:32-36, 25:11; Deuteronomy 9:7-8; Joshua 22:20; 2 Kings 22:13; Psalm 78:38-41; Romans 2:5; 1 Peter 4:17).  “The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.” -Carl Henry

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One Response to Beauty from Ashes: The Plight of Man and the Purposes of God

  1. Pingback: The Reformation Began with Paul: Justification the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forevermore | Lawson Hembree's Blog

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