Brad Libolt speaking on putting the obligation of sharing the gospel into practice. Reminding us of the sweet gift that it is and encouraging our youth to step up and serve in this youth group, in their schools, in their homes, and in our community.
- The majority of tonight is going to be a time of worship, prayer, reflection, and dreaming about the future, but I’m going to say a few things to set us up for that
- Last week Dave talked about the obligation we have to share the gospel.
- He talked about how the great commission should be part of our job description, if not the only piece.
- He talked about being eager, about how a deeper understanding of the gospel causes us to want to share it even more.
- He also talked about being unashamed of the gospel, not being embarrassed or apathetic to share this truth with others.
- Obligated, eager, and unashamed.
- Dave challenged you to make this group your own in his absence, to really decide how you want to serve God and share the gospel and then go do it.
- So tonight our goal, our purpose is to do just that. To really think, pray, and decide what we are going to put on our job descriptions, how we are going to fulfill the great commission.
- When Paul wrote the letters we now have in the Bible, he wrote for various reasons.
- He wrote to warn against false teachers, defend against heresies, deal with immorality, and encourage his brothers and sisters to leadership.
- No matter what he was writing about, he always included one thing: a reminder of the gospel.
- See the gospel is the root of everything. No matter our circumstance or situation or our need, it always starts with the gospel.
- We never graduate from the gospel, we can never hear it too many times.
- It is our source of comfort, joy, peace, it is our source of life.
- So lets remind ourselves of the gospel, turn to Romans 5:6-11.
- Remember that we were sinners. We did not deserve the gospel.
- God knew we couldn’t save ourselves so he sent his son Jesus down to live among us. He went from his place at the right hand of God to humbly coming into the world among his people, Immanuel, God with us.
- He lived a perfect life, tempted by the same things we are tempted by but never giving in.
- Then he was killed, for crimes he never committed.
- See we deserved that death. We are the sinners. The wages of sin is death, we deserved that. But instead of us experiencing it Jesus was arrested, beaten, mocked, and hung on a cross.
- While on the cross suffering, God poured out his wrath on his son. All the wrath that you and I deserve for our sins. Our sins past, present, and future, all the judgement we deserve was poured out on Jesus.
- Christ died, in our place, so that we wouldn’t have to.
- Three days later he rose from the grave, conquering death and sin and offering us eternal life without death, without condemnation.
- All we have to do is believe that Jesus was the son of God and that he died on the cross for our sins, making a way for us to be with God and we can have life eternal. Not just life eternal though, but life abundant.
- See this changes everything. The gospel changes everything. It changes us from our very core to the tips of our fingers.
- It changes the way we walk, the way we talk, the way we love, our passions, desires, goals, hopes, and dreams. Everything we are and everything we do is changed and influenced by the gospel, by the precious blood of Jesus.
- So I pray, that this gospel truth would saturate your hearts, completely envelop your lives. I pray that everything you do flows out of the simple truth of the Gospel. While we were still sinners Christ died for us.
- He is deserving of our worship, he is deserving of our devotion, and he is deserving of our obedience.
- So being reminded of the gospel, the beautiful, wonderful, glorious gospel, be obligated, eager, and unashamed to do what he has called us to do and glorify God by fulfilling the great commission.
- Spend time in worship. Worship is the response of revelation. When Christ reveals himself to us our response should be worship.
- We have been talking about the church and our responsibility. It is time for us to step up. To step up in our church, in our schools, and in our communities. It is time or us to do something. It is time to answer the call.