Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
March 8, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Central Passage
Acts 2:14-15, 21
Subject
Power of the Gospel
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday March 8, 2015
Power of the Gospel
Acts 2:14-15, 21
All of the world's religions have a message. The messageof Judaism was known as prophecy, in Hinduism it was called veda, in Buddism it was referred to as principle, it Islamit is viewed as light and in Christianity it is called TheGospel. While each of these religions has a definitive reason to support its name of and belief in the message, Christianitystands alone in the foundation of its belief in the message.In Christianity, the message is known as the Gospel; in Christianity the heart of the message is Christ - the risen Savior and in Christianity the gospel is proclaimed as having saving power to all who believe its appeal. 
As our world becomes smaller in terms of travel, communication and intercultural contacts, we are experiencing cultural shocks in our beliefs. These shocks are quite prominent 
in the area of religion. Now a day, many Americans are experimenting with ideas quite different from their traditional values. These new areas of interests include: alternative lifestyles, clothings, concepts of beauty, and notions about religion. All of these options are tolerated in a democratic society and, generally, they pose no major threat to human safety. With religion, however, there is a serious consequence in choosing the incorrect type. As Christians, we believe that the appropriate religion is Christianity and the appropriate message is known as the gospel. Hence, the sermon today has been entitled, The Power of the Gospel. 
Three objective will undergird the sermon: first, to provide 
biblical documentation for the gospel; to identify and study some 
of its powers, and to appeal for its acceptance in our life. 
Each of these objectives can be explored around a single 
word or pivotal interest. 
1. The First word is that of nature - Herein are questions 
that include what is the gospel, who authorized it, when was it 
first preached and how is its energized. 
The word, gospel, denotes the good news of salvation made 
possible by Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father. The 
late Dr. C.I. Schofield, an internationally known Bible scholar, 
stated that there are four gospels: the gospel of the Kingdom, 
preached to the Jews, the gospel of grace, preached to all who 
accept Jesus as Lord and savior, the everlasting gospel, the be 
preached at the end of tribulation, and what Paul refers to as 
"My Gospel" ( Rom 2:16 ) the standard that God will use to judge 
the secrets of our heart. 
Theologians rightfully teach that Jesus is the heart of the 
gospel. Against this fact, it must be recognized that the gospel is a New Testament reality. Although John the Baptist was a preacher and called for repentance, his preaching was not the gospel of grace. Jesus recognized the importance of preaching and he knew that his life would be required to anchor the gospel of grace. Hence, he went in the Synagogue and opened the scriptwhere Isaiah had earlier written about the destiny of Jesus. Luke2:18-19 tells us that Jesus read that passage. A part of that section contains - The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because hehas anointed me to preach the gospel…" As the events continued to unfold in the life of Jesus, he commissioned the apostles to preach ( Matt. 28-19-20 } to tarry for the spirit and then become witnesses of him ( Acts 1:8 } and lastly the Day of Pentecost came - our Scripture for today - Acts 2. Following that glorious event, Peter preached the first sermon and on that day three thousand souls were added to the believing group ( Acts2:41 } 
The Apostle, Saint Paul, a gifted preacher and theologian, 
wrote more about the gospel than any other biblical character. 
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul described the nature of the gospel thusly,”… for I delivered unto you firstof all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to scripture and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.. "( 1st Cor. 15:4 ). 
2. The second word regarding the gospel is that of power. 
This word denotes energy, ability to move or change, strength, 
and the capacity to activate. When applied to the gospel, the 
word power means that it can bring about changes in the life of 
the believer. It is herein submitted that the gospel can bring 
about three changes that we stand in need thereof. 
a. Teaching - Teaching is the process of transmittingknowledge and instructing in appropriate procedures. Jesus 
provided teaching in numerous areas of human needs. Of particular 
interest today are the areas of prayer and how to live with 
unpredictable people and circumstances in this world. His sermon 
on the Mount, known as the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-15, specified 
many requirements all beginning with the word, Blessed… Next, 
he addressed the topic of prayer when the disciples asked him to 
teach them to pray. In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus taught was is often 
called the Lord's prayer. On many other occasions, Jesus focused 
attention on prayer: where to pray, how to pray and what to 
expect from prayer. ( We can all benefit from a more consistent 
prayer life ) 
b. The gospel has healing power - Healing refers to a condition of mending, restoring, or curing a problem. Although healing is often thought of in terms of physical condition, itextends beyond that area. The human group stands in need ofhealingpsychologically - or to find some peace of mind and self 
esteem; the gospel message for this healing is found in Rom 2:5; 
let this same mind be in you as was in Christ Jesus… We also 
have a need for physical healing, a condition addressed in the 
gospel message calling upon the Elders to pray, but also 
following the lepers' direct appeal to Jesus for help. Whereas 
the Ancient Israelites looked for a Balm Tree in Gilead to find 
healing, We have merely to life our eyes unto the Hill from when 
cometh our help. 
3. The Gospel has saving power - The word save refers to 
keeping, preserving, storing, and protecting. The gospel has all 
of these and many more powers. Paul told the Romans ( 10:13 ) 
that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be 
saved. This statement is true because there is no other name 
on earth by which one can be save that the name of Jesus. Thus, 
Jesus, as the heart of the gospel, has saving power. Thanks to 
his divine provision, Jesus has made it possible for everyone to 
be saved. That provision is found in Romans 10:9 "If thou shall 
confess with thou mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in 
thy heart that God raised him from the dead thou shall be saved" 
In closing, the gospel is nigh; it is as eternally effective; it has power to 
teach, to heal, and to save. We need all of these benefits.In terms of elimination, we can get survive without knowledge because the Bible teaches that one day knowledge shall cease,we must admit that one day our body can not be healed because the Bible teaches that there is a time to live and a time todie, but we all need to make sure that we are saved because our soul is eternal and it will survive beyond death. Further, the soul will be judged by the Gospel at the Great White Throne judgment and it will either be admitted to Heaven or ordered to Hell. 
Finally, beloved the somber question looms over humanity Is - how 
can one reject so grate a salvation? Amen!
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