The Central Gospel Sermon Series
If you have been around Hope for any length of time, you have probably heard us talk about the “functional centrality of the gospel” from the pulpit and in our mission groups. Starting the last week of August we’ll be unpacking what it means that the gospel is central and functioning as it should in our lives and church. My desire is that this short series serves to help people connect with one another as we begin our mission groups and welcome those who are new to Hope.
Here’s a brief sketch of where we will be going over the next month and how you can be preparing to hear the word each week.
August 25: “The Central Gospel.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 What is the gospel and why should it be of first importance in our lives?
September 1: “The Powerful and Humbling Gospel.” 1 Cor 1:18-25; 1 Cor 9:16 The gospel is the good news of Christ crucified and risen-- the power of God on display to save sinners. This powerful gospel should rightfully produce humility in our hearts because we have no power to save ourselves— we depend entirely on Christ’s work, not our own.
September 8: “The Helpful Gospel.” Titus 2:11-14 I thought about calling this sermon, “the applied gospel” because we will look at Titus 2 and how God uses the grace of God to train us for godly living.
September 15: “The Hope Filled Gospel” Colossians 1:3-8 Paul links “hope” and “gospel” two times in Colossians 1. In this sermon we will look at how the gospel, since it is of first importance and central in our lives, helps fan the flame of hope in our hearts as we live in a broken world and long for heaven.
September 22: “The Missional Gospel” 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Ephesians 6:18-20.
The good news of Jesus is meant to be shared. It has always been an encouragement to me that the Apostle Paul is both bold because of how powerful the gospel is to save, and yet he is also weak and he recognizes his need for prayer so that he can be bold. Most of us would describe ourselves as timid when we go to speak the gospel with someone, my goal is that we see how the gospel as central helps encourage us so how can we keep the gospel central in our lives and have that which is of first importance help us be bold.