The Gospel sermons of Acts...

by Kenton
(Washington, DC)

Hi, wonderful chapter. You stated that the gospel message is basically Jesus, and specifically faith in Jesus. Though you did note that none of the gospel sermons state WHY Jesus died, they do emphasize the centrality of his prophetic death and significant resurrection. The only other thing is that the apostles always, in their sermons, indicate a response to the message of God's fulfillment of the promise of the Messiah, especially in the sense of eternal life which is contrasted with this "perverse generation".

But the only other thing is that Jesus himself preached the gospel, and yet he never fully reflected on himself. He instead spoke of the gospel in terms of the kingdom of God, eternal life, and righteousness. So yes, on the one hand it is very central to Christ. Yet at the same time, the heart of the gospel is about the kingdom of God and how one enters that kingdom (which brings in everything to do with faith and life in Christ, godly living, and the contrast and rejection of the world system).

But it's great. Last thing- I think it would help to cite at least one of the sermons of Acts, maybe Peter's first sermon or Paul's sermon (that mirrors Peter's). It's always good to at least cite all of the sermons (especially since they are very good looks at the message of the gospel and can be hard to find). Anyway, you have no idea how much of a blessing you have been to me over this past year

God bless!

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Dec 08, 2010
the kingdom of God is also in the gospel message
by: Kenton

You stated, "The Gospel, in its simplest form, is Jesus Christ. In its next simplest form, it is belief in Jesus Christ... The Gospel is about Jesus Christ, the person, proved to be the Son of God, the Judge of all, and the Christ of God by the resurrection from the dead.

"How does one preach the Gospel?
The way I just did. You tell people about Jesus. You tell them who he is. You tell them what he does, and you tell them that they, too, should believe in this man so that they can experience the forgiveness of sins and fellowship with God."

I agree completely. I was just pointing out that when Jesus himself preached the gospel, he spoke primarily about the kingdom of God. At the end of Acts, and at places in between, the author writes that the apostles and other disciples spoke concerning Jesus AND the kingdom of God, which of course you go on to write about. I'm just saying that the gospel is BOTH central to Christ and to the kingdom he ushered in through his resurrection.

Dec 08, 2010
Thanks & Couple Questions
by: Paul Pavao

Kenton,

Thank you for your kind comments, and thank you also for valuable input.

Since I'm devoting my effort right now to a book on the Council of Nicea that I want to finish by January, I haven't looked at this chapter in a couple months. I need to read your comments with the chapter open in front of me so I can remember what I've written.

I do have a question. I didn't understand the statement, "The only other thing is that the apostles always, in their sermons, indicate a response to the message of God's fulfillment of the promise of the Messiah, especially in the sense of eternal life which is contrasted with this "'perverse generation.'"

I don't think I understand what you're trying to say. Can you tell me what that means?

I'm learning as I work on the Nicea book to include a lot of quotes, at least in an appendix. So I like the idea of putting in at least a couple sermons. I have 3 favorites, so maybe 3 is best: Acts 2 (Pentecost), Acts 10 (to Cornelius), and Acts 13 (Paul's first in a synagogue).

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