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The Gospel

"There is none righteous, not even one"

The Bible teaches us that mankind is sinful.  All are born in sin and are sinners.  All of mankind is depraved and under God's righteous judgment; there are none who are good, not one.

As such, mankind is in need of a Savior.  The Bible teaches us that Christ is that Savior and He is the only One that can save us because He is God in flesh, the Son of God.  He has died for our sin and taken the punishment we deserved, though He is without sin; He is the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God.  He is our penal substitutionary atonement.  He is the only way, truth and life--we must go to Him to get to God the Father.

This is only possible through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ.


This Sunday's Sermon Info

Matthew 4:18-25

The Lord Jesus had begun preaching His message of repentance of sin.  It is thought that two of the men He would call shortly as His disciples had already been following Jesus, one of them (Andrew) had been a follower of John the Baptist and was probably at the baptism of Jesus.  The other disciple who had previously been introduced to Jesus was the Apostle John.  It is even thought that Peter may have been known by and knew Jesus before being called.  But, as the Lord Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, probably observing the hustle and bustle of the fishing community, and preaching His gospel, he came upon two pairs of brothers working on their fishing trade.  Very shortly, they would cease plying their trade as fishermen, and become the Lord’s Apostles.  No longer would they be casting nets for fish; they would be preaching the gospel to mankind.  Jesus had begun His ministry in earnest and was now going about “teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.”  Jesus was doing miraculous healings, of that there is no doubt.  But it was certainly not for self-aggrandizement or as a way of flaunting His godhood.  The works of healing were done to authenticate His claims of truth in His teaching/preaching.  There were probably many who were physically healed, and yet they refused to repent.  True healing comes through repentance which results in obedience leading to submission, trust, and perseverance, the marks of a true follower of Christ.

This Sunday's Sermon Outline


Point I: The Calling of Simon and Andrew (18-20)

Point II: The Calling of James and John (21-22)

Point III: The Ministry in Galilee (23-25)

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