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Spare Time - by Michael Phillips
The Gospel Changes Everything - Part 26
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1 Corinthians 10:31
Aug 21, 2011 pm - Last year we began a Sunday afternoon study called, The Gospel Changes Everything. It's key verse is Romans 1:16- For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. By 'the Gospel' Paul doesn't mean a set of rules, not even the rules that are in the Bible. The Gospel is 'good news', the announcement of what God has done in Christ to save the world. By 'save' he means more than 'keep people out of hell and get them into heaven when they die'. The Gospel does both of these things-and we cannot be too thankful that it does-but it does more than save us when we die; it also saves us before we die. In other words, the Gospel frees us to live for God in this world. We won't do this perfectly, of course, but we will do it. .Insofar as we live by the Gospel. But there's the rub. Most Christians do not live by the Gospel, they live by the Law, and all the Law does for them is make them feel like failures. The Law is powerless to effect real and lasting change! Not because there is something wrong with the Law itself, but because there is something wrong with us. We are sinners, and sinners ... More >>>

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