Fruitful

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It’s the gospel truth.” Have you ever heard that phrase before? What does gospel mean? Used this way, in the sentence, it must be something like, ‘absolutely,’ or ‘purely,’ but it also carries a divine connotation. 

What does gospel mean?  Euangelion (εὐαγγέλιον) is the Greek word used in the New Testament.  ‘Evangelical,’ is derived from this word.  It means, literally, ‘good news.’  There is the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:23), the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24), and the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mk. 1:1).  The gospel I preach, following Paul (1 Corithians 15:1-7), stated in it’s simplest form is this: Jesus is Lord.  Sure there is much more to the gospel, including creation, the Israelites, Jesus birth, crucifixion, burial, resurrection and ascension.  But, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ is a phrase which encapsulates all of it most succinctly.

Jesus is Lord; captain, chief, President, Prime Minister.  Why is that the gospel? Why is this good news?

The answer, I hope, will become evident as we embark on our Advent series, entitled Fruitful, focusing on Galatians 5:16-25. But much more than merely becoming evident, I hope the gospel fulfills its promise in us, changing our lives during Advent, for the better and forever.

 
Date Sermon Speaker Scripture Supplement Study guide Audio
Dec 2, 2018 Love Grows the Garden Garry Koop Galatians 5:22-23 View