A CHRISTIANS ATTITUDE TOWARD THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST
- ATTITUDE: WEBSTERS COLLEGIATE
DICTIONARY SAYS: "Posture, position, or bearing as indicating
- GOSPEL: The message brought from
God to man by Christ (John
28:19-20 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of
1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
THE BASIC THOUGHT OF DISCUSSION
IS: WHAT SHOULD BE OUR ATTITUDE TOWARD THIS MESSAGE OF GOD CALLED:
"THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST"?
- The attitude that many have taken regarding
Gods message has resulted in a mass confusion of misunderstanding,
misinterpretation, and misapplication of what God has said .
- The discussion will center itself on that
attitude a true Christian should have in regard for this message
- Definition of "REGARD":
(WEBSTER) "To hold in high esteem; To hold in high respect,
or evaluation, of something; To look upon with grave respect in
the application of what has been said."
- The attitude that we have toward "Gods
message" will be evidence of whether we do things Gods
way, or change them to suit us as "Our way".
- OBEY IT:
Thessalonians 1:8-9 "In flaming fire taking
vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his
Peter 4:17 "For the time is come that judgment
must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what
shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"
- Why obey the Gospel of God?
- "It is the power of God unto
- Christ said: "He that rejecteth
me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him, the
word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last
- A refusal to obey it results in damnation.
16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall
be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
- BE NOT ASHAMED OF IT.
- We should let the gospel of Christ radiate
out from our lives in both influence and good works to the glorification
of God. Matthew
5:14-16 "Ye are the light of the world. A city
that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light
unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men
that that may see your good works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven."
NOTE: Paul said
of the Corinthians: "Ye are our epistle written
in our hearts, known and read of all men" (II
- Paul exhorted young Timothy that even in
his youth he should be an example. "Let no man despise
thy youth: but be thou an example of the believers, in word,
in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity"
- PROCLAIM IT (PREACH IT) TO THE WORLD.
- Christ sent out his apostles to preach
it to every nation and creature (Matthew
- The disciples "
scattered abroad went every where preaching the word"
- Why should we proclaim it to the world?
- To save the lost (Romans
- To edify the church (Romans
- To destroy all barriers that would keep
one from obeying it (Galatians
- To enable mankind to be completely furnished
to all good works (II
- To show how to walk after the Spirit
and not lust of the flesh (Galatians
- GUARD IT.
- Paul wrote: "O Timothy, keep
that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain
babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called"
- Why guard it?
- Because it is a powerful treasure.
- Paul said it was "The power
of God unto salvation" (Romans
- Christ likened it to that which brings
man to a hidden treasure. Matthew
13:44 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like
unto treasure hid in a field: the which when a man hath found,
he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he
hath, and buyeth that field."
- The power is of God but in earthen vessels.
Thus, proper care must be taken that it is not contaminated by
the earthen vessels. II
Corinthians 4:6-7 "For God, who commanded
the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen
vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not
- Because the tendency of man is to pervert
the gospel, which will bring upon him a curse.
1:6-8 "I Marvel that ye are so soon removed
from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another
gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble
you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we,
or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than
that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
- How to guard it?
- By thorough study as:
- The Bereans of Acts
17:10-11, in that "
the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures
daily, whether those things were so."
- Paul exhorted Timothy, "Study
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"
- By trying the spirits or teachers whether
they are of God. I
John 4:1 "Beloved, believe not every spirit,
but try the spirits, whether they are of God: because many false
prophets are gone out into the world."
- DEFEND IT:
- Against those that preach it of envy, strife,
- Paul says these are not sincere. Philippians
1:15-17 "Some indeed preach Christ even of
envy and strife; and some also of good will: the one preach
Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction
to my bonds: but the other of love, knowing that I am set for
the defence of the gospel."
- The Lord said these were false prophets
in sheeps clothing. Matthew
7:15 "Beware of false prophets, which come
to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening
- We must defend the truth to keep our faith
strong to defeat the "fiery darts of the wicked"
and that means a strong, pure gospel of Christ that has not been
weaken by compromised teachings of men.
6:16) "Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of
the wicked." NOTE: The Lord said, regarding
the church at Laodicea in Revelation
3:15-16, that because of their being "lukewarm",
He would "spue them out of his mouth."
- HOLD IT FAST:
- Paul wrote in II
Timothy 1:13, "Hold fast the form of sound
words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which
is in Christ Jesus."
- We dare not let the gospel slip away. Hebrews
2:1-3 "Therefore we ought give the more earnest
heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should
let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast,
and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence
of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed
unto us by them that heard him;"
- DO WE HAVE THE SAME ATTITUDE ABOUT SPIRITUAL
THINGS AS WE DO WORLDLY THINGS?
- Worldly things we:
- Are not ashamed of.
- Tell others a bout.
- Protect them.
- Defend them with our lives.
- Hold them fast.
- But is the attitude the same with spiritual
- REMEMBER WHAT THE LORD SAID IN THE SERMON
ON THE MOUNT: Matthew
6:33 "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
- JOSHUA SAID TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IN Joshua
24:14-15 "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve
him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers
served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye
the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you
this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served
that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites,
in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve
- THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO DETERMINE WHOM
WE WILL SERVE AND DO SO AS JESUS SAID TO A SCRIBE IN Mark
12:30 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with
all thy strength: this is the first commandment." NOTE:
The love that we have for something, or someone, will determine the
attitude that we will have toward, or them.
- PAUL WELL SUMED US A TRUE CHRISTIANS
ATTITUDE WITH THESE WORDS:
4:1-6 "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech
you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one
another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in
the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as
ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one
baptism, one God and Father of all who is above all, and through all,
and in you all."
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