Rev. 1:18, Romans 8:1-39, Ex. 34:6
Christians must center their lives around the Gospel to truly trust God and have meaningful purpose and impact.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good news that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and whosoever trusts in Christ as Lord and savior will not perish but have everlasting life.
The Gospel helps us answer three main questions, and we can find those answers in Romans 8:1.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those in Jesus Christ.
1. Who am I?
a. Therefore bridges the exhausted Christian to know we are loved despite our sin.
b. Now means promises for the now and responsibilities for the now.
c. Condemnation means we are sinners that will be judged by God without Christ
d. No. This Means God does not condemn you no matter how sinful you have been.
2. Where do I fit?
a. We gain the forgiveness of God Through Jesus Christ.
b. We belong with those who are in Jesus Christ.
3. What difference can I make?
a. Those in Jesus will impact the world.
TALK IT OUT:
- Pastor Daniel asks three questions in his message. First, “Who am I?” He points out that the answer is found in the fact that we need salvation, and Jesus died on the cross to offer us eternal life. How can knowing what Jesus has done for us help us as we seek to answer the question of who we are?
- The second question is, “Where do I fit?” Pastor Daniel suggests that “we belong with those in Jesus Christ.” How are you currently connecting with others in Christ’s family?
- Pastor Daniel asks a third question, “What difference can I make?” How would you answer that question?
- Consider this answer Pastor Daniel offers to the third question; he says, “Those in Jesus will impact the world.” How is Jesus, who lives inside you, at work changing the world through His work in you?
- This message focuses on this reality, “Christians must center their lives around the Gospel to truly trust God and have meaningful purpose and impact.” Pastor Daniel suggests that if we answer this question, we need to understand this point Paul makes: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, NIV). How does this verse drive home the point that we are to center our hearts around the Gospel?
- How can we understand that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ and offer us incredible hope? Pastor Daniel says, “This is the most positive ‘no’ in the Bible.” What does he mean by that, and what difference can you understand that no condemnation in Christ makes to you?
LIVE IT OUT
- If you have never committed to Christ, take a moment to ask God to forgive your sins and place you in Jesus. If you are not sure how to go about that, ask a Christian friend or one of Concord’s pastors to explain what this means and how you can do it.
- If you are a believer, say a prayer of thanksgiving, thanking God that you are no longer condemned in Christ.
- Ask God to show you where He wants to use you to impact the world.
- After praying, list ways God may do that through you. Look at that list and commit to specific steps God may want you to take to impact His world through what He is doing in you.