Good News, Bad News

by Mark Chatfield Sentry Magazine, December 1999 What do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news? Since we want to end this article on a positive note, let’s do it this way … Bad News Lately, the news has been making the news. It seems that CNN became so enamored…

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The Old Testament Points Us to Christ

by Tommy Peeler The Old Testament is valuable because it points us to Christ. Jesus emphasized that the Old Testament pointed to Him Jesus said, “You search in the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that bear witness of Me” (John 5:39). When the audience failed to…

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The Message of the Cross

I.         I Corinthians 1:18-24             A.        The core of salvation is the fact that Jesus died for our sins.             B.        The center of our hope is the knowledge that Jesus arose triumphant over death.             C.        Yet many are unable to understand this message.                         1.         The Jews wanted something else. They wanted further proof from God.                         2.         The Greeks thought it was silly.…

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What does it mean to be called?

Question: What does it mean to be called? Answer: “Called” is another way to say “invited” or “encouraged to come.” “You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as…

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The Gospel of the Circumcision and the Uncircumcision

Text: Galatians 2:1-10   I.         I suppose a casual reader could read verse 7 from our text and come away with the idea that two different messages were being taught.             A.        One being taught to the Gentiles and a different message being taught to the Jews.             B.        Yet the goal of the gospel was to unite Jews and…

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The Gospel

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Romans 2:1-11   I.         The word “gospel” translates a Greek word that means “good news”             A.        The gospel is a message that is to be heralded to all the world – Mark 16:15             B.        It is a message that brings hope to those who hear it – Colossians 1:23             C.        It is a message…

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What Is the Gospel About?

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Isaiah 49:1-13   I.         There is no end to the people who like to tell preachers how to do their job and what they are allowed to say or not say             A.        For many, they don’t want to hear about things like sin and its consequences, they don’t want to be told…

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Why is there only one gospel when we have four gospels?

Question: I’m confused, if there is only one gospel why do so many people say the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? Answer: The gospel is the good news preached concerning Jesus Christ and salvation. All of the New Testament is the gospel in this sense. See The Message Preached to see that the…

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Notes on the Message Preached

The Faith General References Acts 6:7 Acts 13:8 Acts 14:22 Acts 16:5 I Corinthians 16:13 Galatians 3:23 Ephesians 4:13 Colossians 1:23 Colossians 2:7 I Timothy 1:2 I Timothy 3:13 I Timothy 4:1 I Timothy 5:8 I Timothy 6:10,12 Titus 1:2, Titus 1:13 Titus 3:15 I Peter 5:9 Jude 3 Word of Faith Romans 10:8 One…

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Should we just preach the gospel?

Question: Recently one of our members complained to me that one of the men I have been teaching and giving tips on how to present a sermon, often mentions in the Bible classes he teaches and sermons that he preaches, the ungodliness and immorality that a lot of our political leaders are guilty of as well as many…

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