03.27.16 | The Power of the Gospel
In his letter to Timothy, Paul describes his prior way of life when the grace and mercy of Jesus reached him. He was a persecutor of Christians, a blasphemer, in his words, the foremost of sinners. And yet, even he was reached and changed by the power of the gospel. Jesus came into the world for this very purpose, to save sinners. The purpose of the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus was to bring eternal glory to God through the salvation of sinners. No one is too far gone. No one is beyond the reach and power of the gospel.
Community Group Questions
- Why do you suppose Paul remembers the things he once was so vividly?
- What is significant about the fact that Paul was previously Saul, a vehement and violent opponent of the gospel?
- What changes are there in your life since coming to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior? Contrast the old self vs. the new self in Christ.
- The gospel is summarized succinctly in verse 15. What are other verses in the Bible that do so as well?
- Why did God become incarnate in the person of Jesus and why is this good news?
- Jesus’ death was substitutionary (He took our place) and atoned (made payment) for our sin. All our sin. What are you tempted to believe about you and your sin? And how does this harm you?
- How does Jesus display his excellencies through us and why?
- The greatest hindrance to the gospel is the Christian’s lack of confidence in the gospel itself. Is there any obvious, compelling marks in your life revealing a deep and unshakeable confidence in the power of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ?
- More specifically, do you have confidence that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is enough to transform the people who seem to you the farthest away, with the hardest heart toward the Lord?
- Do we underestimate the gospel’s ability to change what we think are the worst or sinners, the hardest hearts?