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Our Gospel Meeting Romans 1:9-17 Paul’s Debt In V14 Paul said he was a debtor to the Greeks & barbarians, to the wise & unwise What did Paul owe them? An opportunity to hear the gospel He was ready & willing to proclaim the gospel whenever and wherever he had the opportunity Therefore, he wanted to preach it also in Rome The Reasons for Paul’s Desire-1 Jesus had called him to preach His gospel Acts 26:17-18-‘I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes , in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ The Reasons for Paul’s Desire-2 He also knew the power of the gospel It is God’s power to save those who believe it The words dynamite & power come from same word It is the only power God has used or intends to use to save those who are lost in sin The gospel is the good news of salvation in Christ Hearing the gospel is a life or death matter Our Attitude Toward the Gospel We should have a desire to know it- Matt. 5:6 We should desire for others to know it also To that end we have scheduled a gospel meeting on Sunday through Wednesday night of next week Every member here should be interested in it Every member can & should benefit from it And we all have a part in making it successful Let us consider its potential benefits & our part in it Why Have A Gospel Meeting?-1 Not because other churches have them Or because we had one last year There are specific things we want to accomplish It provides more opportunities to worship God To praise, honor and glorify Him, Who has made us & shown His love for us By numerous material & spiritual blessings Why Have A Gospel Meeting?-2 We want to reach our neighbors with the gospel Those who may not have heard it Those who have heard only a perversion of it Which harms rather than saves- Gal. 1:6-8 Those who are religious and worship on Sunday The services are scheduled so they can attend some of the meetings It Will Supply Spiritual Food for All God’s word is the spiritual food we need to grow And God expects us to grow- II Pet. 3:18 It contains milk for the young- I Pet. 2:2 It also contains meat for those who are mature Heb.5:14- But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. These meetings will provide a spiritual feast for all To Edify Christians God’s word can build us & make us stronger Acts 20:32- So now brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. We all need edification We are either growing stronger or weaker These lessons can help make us spiritually stronger To Hear A Different Presentation of the Truth All preachers have different abilities & styles One may teach in a way that is clearer for some Some can teach certain subjects more effectively Barnabas was a good exhorter-Acts 4:36 But he found & brought Saul to Antioch-Acts 11:26 Saul had abilities Barnabas did not have He made Saul’s talents available to those in Antioch We Need to Be Reminded Peter wrote to those who knew the truth-II Pet.1:12 Yet they needed to hear it again David Bunting may not tell some of us anything new But we all need to be reminded lest we forget Concerning God’s great love for us Our responsibility toward Him Our duty toward each other and to our neighbors Our goal & most important work in this life To Be Stirred Up Peter wrote to stir up his readers That is to wake them up as though they slept We need to keep our minds stirred up Lest we become complacent & indifferent Like the christians at Laodicea- Rev. 3:14 Who thought they were prospering spiritually But were lukewarm & nauseating to the Lord The indifferent & unfaithful need to be restored Gal. 6:1 Our Responsibility in This Meeting To attend every service we possibly can We will profit from the worship and the study We will encourage other christians by our presence Invite friends, relatives & neighbors to come So they can hear & benefit from the gospel Pray for the meeting That the gospel may reach good & honest hearts And bring forth fruit to God’s glory In Conclusion This gospel meeting provides great opportunities For we who are members & for our visitors Let’s be sure we do our part So we will be edified The lost will hear the soul-saving gospel The Lord will be glorified And His church will grow What is your relationship to Christ this morning?
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