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Introduction - by Michael Phillips
The Gospel Changes Everything - Part 1
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Romans 1:16
Dec 13, 2009 pm - This afternoon, with the Lord's blessing, I hope to commence a new study and discussion called The Gospel Changes Everything. The big idea may be hard to apply, but it's easy to explain. Here goes: The Gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation and 'salvation' is the believer's whole life. In short, the Gospel fixes what's wrong with us. It removes some problems, 'going to hell', for example. Other problems remain with us-like cancer or divorce or unemployment-but the Gospel enables us to live happy, holy, and hopeful lives in spite of them. It has the power to change every person who believes it, every family, and every church. What is the Gospel? It can be looked at in two ways. Narrowly, it is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is how Paul describes it in 1 Corinthians 15- Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures. This narrow definition fits into a bigger picture, a picture that doesn't begin on the Day of Pentecost, but on the First Day of Creation. It goes something like this: (1) God made everything good, including mankind, but (2) mankind ... More >>>

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