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Divorce - by Michael Phillips
The Gospel Changes Everything - Part 4
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John 4:1-42
Jan 17, 2010 pm - The Gospel changes everything. This is what we've been talking about on Sunday afternoons, and the Bible verse we're leaning on most is Romans 1:17- For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. God saves us-Paul says-by His Gospel. On this point all Christian agree, but what does he mean by salvation? Most of us think, 'conversion'-God converts us by His Gospel, in other words, makes us Christians. Is this right? It is. No one is converted apart from the Gospel. But is this all Paul means by salvation? It is not. Read the whole book of Romans, and you'll see most of it is not about 'becoming a Christian'; it's about 'being a Christian'-living as disciples of Jesus. How do we do this? Paul tells us, it is not by the Law, for the Law, though holy and true is also powerless to effect change. All it can do is command obedience, bless the obedient, and curse the disobedient. What it cannot do is make us obedient. Only the Gospel can do that. Only it is God's power for salvation. In one way, this makes the Christian life a lot harder. It's easier to find the rules and resolve to ... More >>>

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