Sunday, Jul 10, 2016A.M. Service
The Gospel Matters Above All Else
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
Passage: 1 Peter 2:21-25
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We gather together in unity to celebrate at the Lord’s table.  In the gospel, we recognize no man in the flesh.  We are worshippers; worshipping the One True God; the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ our Savior.  In Christ, we experience immediate rest as troubled and fearful people.  He alone immediately cleanses the burdened consciences of all who would believe in His name.  We gather together to celebrate the gospel and Jesus Christ, because souls matter.

In the power of the gospel, we preach Christ.

  • At conception, we were already a sinful people, but Christ removes sin and guilt forever.
  • Shattered human beings experience rest and a clean conscience.
  • The gospel instantly turns the heart toward love for one another and a passion for purity.
  • A peaceful and flourishing society is not promised in the gospel; Christ is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).  Christ is the One who settles all disputes (Colossians 3:15).
  • We cast all our anxiety on Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
  • The gospel and its promise of eternal inheritance matters the most over every other concern.

We preach the gospel of Jesus Christ who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth (1 Peter 2:22).  What does this gospel do?

  1. The gospel makes much of God’s ultimate justice (1 Peter 2:21-23).  Christ is our example.  He entrusted Himself to God in the face of every evil with His upright standard of perfection.  Christ has no peer in His standard of perfection.  We know that no one ultimately gets away with anything.  Either the sinner is punished in Hell for eternity or Christ is punished as our substitute.  Christ’s death was the greatest injustice ever in eternity with saving grace and power over sin as the result.
  2. The gospel makes much of love, humility, and the sacrifice of redemption (1 Peter 2:24).  Christ bears our sin on His body, so that we would be healed of all sin, so that we would have power over sin, and so that we would have the conviction to declare the gospel to lost souls; even souls who are different than us.
  3. The gospel makes much of the security of salvation that Jesus Christ paid dearly to earn (1 Peter 2:25).  Jesus Christ is the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls.

We celebrate the death of Christ around the Lord’s table in the power of the gospel.  What does this power look like?  It is manifested as love, humility, purity, mutual honor, outdoing each other in good works of grace, and living holy lives without hypocrisy.  Christ is all-in-all; He is Lord!  Celebrate with the King of Kings.