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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Gospel is Transformative, Global, Christ-centered, Personal, and Supernatural: Sermon Notes from Luke 24:47-49 (Sermon by Dr. James R. Burdette)

[The following are sermon notes from the 3/9/14 morning worship service at New Georgia Baptist Church.]

47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

(Luke 24:47-49 NKJV)

I. The Gospel is Transformative (v. 47)
A. We are called to proclaim His message.
B. We are to call all people to repentance: a change of direction from the world to God.

II. The Gospel is Global (v. 47)
A. "All nations" indicates Gentiles.
B. The idea of the gospel going to the Gentiles would have been offensive to the Jews of Jesus' day.

III. The Gospel is Christ-centered (v. 48)
A. The entire Bible proclaims Christ (see v. 44).
B. "His name" is key.

IV. The Gospel is Personal (v. 48)
A. You must receive the gospel.
B. "Witness" differs from "testimony"
1. "Testimony" is about our experience of grace.
2. "Witness" is about what Jesus has done.

V. The Gospel is Supernatural (v. 49)
A. "Promise" and "power from on high" refer to the Holy Spirit.
B. The power of the Holy Spirit is specifically connected with Him enabling us to witness of Christ.

Conclusion: Remember the men on the road to Emmaus (vv. 13-35). Jesus taught them from Scripture, but that was not enough in itself. He had to give them understanding.


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