Review purpose of show: not to dwell on the pollutions of the world but deliver solutions to the Church. The apostle Paul told Timothy to focus the solutions until he came to visit him. 1 Tim 4:13
Are Americanizes churches preaching the Gospel: The Americanized Church Mantra
Come as you are, sing "Just as I am", now go as you were. Only don't forget to put your tithes in the offering plate. Most pastors are not concerned that you change your behavior and that you repent, but only interested in your pocket change; that you return next week and sit. Prosperity inclined preachers are more interested in passing their plate, not in filling your plate. After all, they count noses and nickles. They offer Happy Meals and pastoral pastries seeking to Super Size their stock. Not so with Jesus. He spoke of persecutions to come, counting the costs and often downsized His flock.
INTRO: 2 Chron 20:20; Micah 3:7
The mission of a true prophet: 1 Cor 14:3, 21
Book by Jack Deere and Andrew Strom
The Overcoming Church the only means God has to bring redemption to mankind.
But the overcoming church will only overcome if she preaches and practices the true Gospel of Kingdom and the Gospel of Christ.
We are continuing the series: Are mainline American churches preaching the true Gospel?
In this Christmas season it is good to recall the story in Luke where the father of John the Baptist, Zacharia, filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, Lk 1:67-79;
And concerning Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, Lk 2:8-12
Notice Jesus is said to be Savior and Christ the Lord. The true Gospel involves preaching trusting in Jesus as Savior, that you might have eternal life and serving Him as Lord, that you may experience the abundant life (Jn 10:10b). Paul would agree. Rom 10:9-10
Jesus said: Jn 1:12
So what are the conditions for benefiting from this Good News Gospel: Acts 20:21
Are Christians expected to do the same? Jn 17:18, 20, 22; Acts 10:38; 1 Jn 3:8
How was this true Gospel of the Kingdom demonstrated before Pentecost? Lk 4:18
How was this true Gospel of Christ demonstrated after Pentecost?
1 Cor 2:4-5, 4:10
1 Thess 1:2-10, 2:13
Eph 2:10; 3:20