Sermons on The Gospel
This sermon was originally preached by Billy Graham in London, March 27, 1954. It was preached at FBC for Old Fashioned Sunday, 2019.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13 NKJV). If God has worked IN us to save us, it will be seen in what comes OUT of us.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice (Philippians 1:18 NKJV). Living with the gospel… the preaching of the gospel… at the center of our lives, brings joy.
Paul’s introductory thoughts to his letter to the Philippians.
For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11 NKJV). Apart from Jesus all are lost, but Jesus came that none need remain lost.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:27 NKJV). Following Christ does not make one a Christian, but following Christ demonstrates one IS a Christian.
Being a sinner is a prerequisite to follow Jesus.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10 NKJV). Jesus died that we might live. In His resurrection, we gain eternal life.
And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him… (John 19:17-18a NKJV). Good Friday is about the cross… “that old cross, where Jesus suffered and died.”
On Palm Sunday, Jesus presented Himself to Israel as their king and messiah, and does the same for us today, expecting our response to that offer.