The Gospel of the Kingdom, Cross, and Resurrection

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on June 25, 2017
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Notes:

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 You have to receive the gospel and stand in it. The gospel is the means God has provided for salvation! Getting the gospel right is huge!

Romans 1:16
The gospel contains within it power for salvation.

1 Corinthians 15:2
You can’t believe the gospel just once, but you have to hold fast to it.

Kingdom

1 Corinthians 15:3
Christ is a title, not a name. Understanding what "Christ" means is absolutely critical to the gospel message.

John 1:41; Luke 23:2-3
Christ = Messiah = King. What is Christ the King of?

The Kingdom is the time when God sets everything wrong with our world right--an age of unprecedented healing, justice, peace, restoration, and renewal. Those who enter the Kingdom receive eternal life and rule with Christ over the nations.

Cross

1 Corinthians 15:3
Christ died for our sins. Will you accept God’s forgiveness?

Romans 3:23; 6:23
We’ve fallen short; we’ve sinned; we’ve disqualified ourselves from God’s Kingdom.

Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:4
The resurrection is how God has proved that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Messiah, the anointed, the King of the coming Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 15:5-8
Here we see the most ancient list of resurrection appearances. These are people the Corinthians could actually seek out and talk to.

The gospel has three elements: the Kingdom, the cross, and the resurrection. We have to be careful not to leave out one of these essential ingredients.



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