God Is Real

God is Real, and so is the Gospel of Jesus Christ
by Pastor Stevenson
Introduction
Definitions of gospel:
● The gospel is glad tidings; especially, the good news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of
God, and salvation.
● A gospel is an account, often written, that describes the life of Jesus of Nazareth. In a
more general sense the term “gospel” may refer to the good news message of the New
Testament. It is primarily used in reference to the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke,
and John.

The Good News is that the bad news was exposed! Satan tries to keep us from hearing and
believing the Good News of Jesus! He tries to distract us with the world’s worries; keeps us
focused on ourselves rather than the Good News of Jesus. I know how easy it is to fall into his
traps without knowing that you have been caught up. We must remember that the Word of God
says in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10a “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the
work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort
of evil that deceives those who are perishing.” Jesus also reminds us what Satan is all about: he
came to kill, steal and destroy. But thanks be to God, that the Good News of Jesus reached our
ears and our heart when it did! Let the redeemed of the Lord say amen.

Do you remember when you first heard the gospel of Jesus Christ preached?

Where would you be in life today if you never heard or accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Can you just take a second and give him some praise for the gospel being in your life today!

People of God I believe that we are truly living in the last days. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy
3:1-5 “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of
money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love,
unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lover of the good, treacherous, rash,
conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” We must remember the Bible says in 2
Peter 3:8-9 “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand
years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come
to repentance.”

Not only did Jesus die for us, he is also patient with others who have not accepted or heard the
gospel, “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul
also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters,
speaking in them of these matters [i.e. of the gospel, the Good News of Jesus]. His letters contain
some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do
the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.”(2 Peter 3:15-16)

Today’s focus is all about us sharing the gospel. Let’s take a closer look at one of Paul’s letters
that relates to the gospel and what Paul did with it. Turn your Bible to Philippians 1:1-27. Paul
wrote and shared what God had given him, Paul lived out what he believed in, Paul was a man
who shared the gospel of Jesus Christ, and so did the saints at Philippi.

People of God, that is what we are called to do. Are you doing something different than that?
That’s our mission, there are folks who haven’t heard or accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ!

  • Are you sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with folks?
  • Are you ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
  • I know you believe in the gospel, but are you living it out?

Paul lived out what he believed in. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of
God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the
gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,
just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” (Romans 1:16-17) Paul was a man who
shared the gospel of Jesus Christ! As we will see in Philippians 1, so did the Church in Philippi!

What about Rock Church?

There are six key things Paul shared about the gospel in Philippians chapter 1 that stood out to
me.

  1.  Partnership in the gospel (v5)
  2. Chains for defending and confirming the gospel (v7)
  3.  Advance the gospel (v12)
  4.  Put here for the defense of the gospel (vv15-18)
  5.  Conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel (v27)
  6.  Contending as one man for the faith of the gospel (v27)

1. Partnership in the Gospel

The first key point found in Philippians 1:3-6 is Paul understood partnership in the gospel. I
found an example in Acts 13:2 “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy
Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’”

When we accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ, that set us apart for the partnership in the gospel.
This work is for us to continue. Paul said in Philippians 1:6 Jesus began a good work in us. How
long should we do this work? Until the day he comes back!

2. Chains for Defending and Confirming the Gospel
In this second key point found in Philippians 1:7 we see that Paul was willing to be in chains for
defending and confirming the gospel. There is an example of this in Acts 16:16-34. While Paul
and Silas were in prison and in chains they were all about the gospel and folks were saved.

Saints, I recognize that we are not behind prison walls, yet we do have saints that are. We can
feel like we are behind prison walls with life circumstances such as: being discouraged by
financial burdens, family conflict, church conflict, loss of job, marriage issues, sickness, even
times of indecision.

Are you willing to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ although you feel like you are in prison?

3. Advance the Gospel

The third key point found in Philippians 1:12-14 is advancing the gospel. Paul said that
everything that happened to him served to advance the gospel. Let’s look at the example found in
Acts 13:42-14:7.

People of God, our life should be about advancing God’s kingdom by sharing the gospel.
Oftentimes we get sidetracked with life circumstances that I mentioned previously. We need to
make a commitment that nothing will stand in our way from sharing the gospel. Philippians 1:14
tells us other Christians are depending on us to share the gospel so they will be encouraged to
speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly, and we can’t forget it!

4. Put Here for the Defense of the Gospel

The fourth key point is found in Philippians 1:15-18. Paul said he was put here for the defense of
the gospel, and we are too! Let’s look at the example found in Acts 13:6-12.

Paul wasn’t going to allow anything from stopping him from sharing the word of God. People of
God, the enemy is going to try to discourage you, and you better believe that he is going to try all
he can to stop you. I praise God that we are not alone. Jesus promised to be with us, and we are
filled with the Holy Spirit, so go forth people of God!

5. Conduct Ourselves in a Manner Worthy of the Gospel

The fifth key point found in Philippians 1:27 is to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the
gospel no matter what. Let’s look at another example found in Acts 14:8-15.

After the crippled man was healed, the people wanted to praise Paul and Barnabas, but they
didn’t allow the people to give them praise. Paul and Barnabas conducted themselves in a
manner worthy of the gospel, and God kept using them to be a blessing in ministry. People of
God, we must remember what are mission is and how the gospel has changed us. Our conduct
should be a reflection of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

6. Contending as One Man for the Faith of the Gospel

Last but not least, the sixth key point found in Philippians 1:27 is contending as one man for the
faith of the gospel. There is an example found in Acts 14:19-22.

Paul didn’t allow other folk’s conviction sway him from his conviction of standing on the Word.
He was stoned and left for dead. As we see, Paul took their best shot and that didn’t stop him
from his mission. His faith was in the gospel of Jesus Christ. People of God, we are to stand firm
in one Spirit without being frightened in any way by those who will oppose us!

Are you willing to stand firm and not be swayed?

Conclusion

We are expected to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, so let’s be the church that God has called
us to be: partnering in the gospel, being willing to share the gospel no matter the consequence,
advancing the gospel, defending the gospel, conducting ourselves in a manner worthy of the
gospel, and contending as one man for the faith of the gospel!