Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr.
Delivered On
April 19, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Penetrating Effect of the Gospel
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday April 19, 2015
The Penetrating Effect of the Gospel
Acts. 2:21-22, 37-38, 41
The core message of Christianity is known as the 
Gospel. Jesus was anointed by the Spirit to preach the 
gospel. He indicated that his charge was ...“to preach the 
gospel to the poor...to heal the broken hearted, to preach 
deliverance to the captives, and recover sight to the blind, 
to set a liberty them that are bruised” ( Lk. 4:18 ). That 
announcement was made during the early sojourn of 
Jesus. 
Following his resurrection, Jesus gave the disciples/ 
apostles the charge, often referred to as the Great 
Commission, to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost”. ( Mt. 28:18 ). He would, later, say unto 
them “.... ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is 
come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both 
in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto 
the uttermost part of the earth”. ( Acts 1:8 ). The fulfillment 
of that promise occurred on the Day of Pentecost and it was 
within that context that the Apostle Peter preached the first 
sermon after that event. His sermon had a penetrating effect 
on many of the hearers and they responded by accepting the 
gospel and becoming converts. That sermon will anchor the 
subject for today’s message entitled, The Penetrating 
Effect of the Gospel. The sermon will encompass the 
following dimensions, namely: some definitions of the word 
gospel, foundation of the gospel, penetrating effect of 
the gospel, challenges to the gospel, and your view of 
the gospel. 
Attention will now be focused on the first aspect of the 
sermon which is - some definitions and types of gospel. 
There are many of both definitions and types of the gospel. 
Hence, just a few of them are herein presented. First is the 
word gospel. The Smith Bible Dictionary defines the gospel 
as the “good news, tidings, and the word”, the Merrian 
Webster’s Dictionary defines the gospel as “the message 
concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation”, 
The Zondervan All-In-One’s defines the gospel as “good 
tidings and later, ‘the story of God, As now used, the word - 
gospel ‘describes the message of Christianity’ and lastly 
gospel can be viewed as “an account describing the life, 
death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The most 
widely known examples are the four canonical gospels of 
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John”. 
Having delineated some definitions of the word, gospel, 
the second consideration is the Foundation of the gospel. As 
is true of major theories and buildings, a foundation is 
needed for support. This requirement is even true for the 
word, gospel. Theologians, Bible scholars, and many lay 
readers - all concur that Jesus is the physical, spiritual, 
and ‘sacrificial foundation’ of the gospel.( Rom. 5:8 ).
Numerous are other Scriptures that document the fact 
that Jesus is the foundation of the gospel. St. Paul was 
undoubtedly the most prolific writer on this topic. His 
message to the Corinthians as found in the 1st Book, 
Chapter 15, verses 3 - 4, recounted his certainty of the 
resurrection based upon the scriptures. The entire 
reading of this chapter is highly recommended, especially 
since time precludes its inclusion of this sermon. The 
emphasis, at this time, must be directed to the third 
dimension of the sermon which is The penetrating effect of 
the gospel. There are several definitions of the word 
penetrate depending on the context in which it is used. 
It has a special meaning in warfare, sports, marketing, 
medicine, psycho therapy, and theology. As used within 
theology, penetrate refers to the act of breaking through 
resistance to knowledge about salvation. The barrier 
may stem from a lack of information or, on the other hand, 
it can come from a deliberate effort to deny biblical 
knowledge as seen in atheism. In this connection, the 
sermon today submits the gospel as the anti biotic to all 
stumbling blocks to accepting the salvation expounded in 
the gospel. Beloved, this gospel can penetrate the most 
stony heart, the highly stiffed collars, the politicians, 
the academicians, the homeless, the addicts, and the 
underworld. The process for conversion is first to hear 
the gospel, be convicted by the gospel, believe its 
message, and accept the invitation to become a member 
of the household of faith. ( Rom. 10:9 ). Unfortunately, not 
all will hear and respond to the gospel because they are 
imbued with “ a corrupt mind and reprobate view concerning 
the faith” ( 2nd Tim. 2:8 ). The fact remains, however, that 
anyone to hears and responds to the gospel becomes a new 
creature. This good news of the glorious prospect of 
becoming a new creature leads to the fourth consideration 
which is Challenges to the Gospel. This topic is more 
rhetorical that threaten because God’s word as recorded in 
the Bible is inerrant and eternal! Hence the atheist might 
loudly proclaim and skillfully write against God, the Biblical 
message, and the power of the God, but God is yet God! 
Saint Paul was keenly aware of the numerous sinister 
attacks on the Word of God as reflected in one of his 
letters to Timothy. In Chapter 3 of the 2nd Tim., Paul 
warned of the last days of perilous times when men shall 
be loves of their own selves ( what about contemporary 
America??? ). Continuing his warning, Paul noted that “ 
the time will come when they will not endure sound 
doctrine...” ( 4 ). Admittedly, this topic of challenges to 
the gospel could be best handled in a series of seminars 
or lectures, therefore, the focus must now be shifted to 
Paul’s instruction to Timothy for confronting the 
opposition to preaching the gospel. It is found in verse 2 
of Chapter 4; therein he penned, “ Preach the word; be 
instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort 
with long suffering and doctrine. From this Pauline 
teaching, attention is now turned to the last concern of 
the sermon which is Your stance on the gospel. As you will 
recall, this sermon is anchored on the first sermon preached 
on the day of Pentecost; it was delivered by the Apostle 
Peter who, first, had to respond to the critics asserting that 
the Apostles were drunk. He assured them that the men 
were not drunk and launched into a soul stirring sermon 
on the biblical account of Jesus: the prophecy of his birth, 
his earthly ministry, David’s vision of him, and their 
crucifixion of Jesus. Our Bible documents that “when 
they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, 
and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men 
and brethren, what shall we do? Beloved, that one 
question demonstrated that the gospel has penetrating 
power then and now. Back to the conversation on the day of 
Pentecost, “Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized 
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of 
the Holy Ghost.” ( Acts 2:38 ). Oh! hearers and/or readers 
of this sermon, please be advised that the gospel has and 
shall forever maintain penetrating power. Have you 
experienced that power or is this message like a poem 
or story repeatedly told? If you are not sure of your 
conversion, I call upon you to learn and repeat the 
following plea for salvation; the words are ‘Lord, I 
believe that Jesus is the Son of God, he was sent into 
world that whosoever believes in his resurrection shall 
have eternal life - That I believe and humbly throw myself 
at the foot of the cross. Amen!
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