"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Purpose of the Gospel

Continuing in the Book of Acts, our Pastor, Jonathan Cook, then offered a sermon from Chapter 13, verses 13-16 with additional scriptural support from Acts 15:7-8, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1st Corinthians 15:1-2, Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 9:14, 2nd Timothy:9-14, and various other scriptures. In his discourse, Elder Cook emphasized that the purpose of the gospel is not to bring salvation, but rather “to bring life and immortality to light” to those that are already spiritually alive and capable of being able to hear spiritually. In essence, the purpose of the gospel (the good news about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ) is to reveal to the born again child of God what great and wondrous things that the Lord has done for us – – to anyone else the gospel will be foolishness. Elder Cook, also taught how Jesus did not “offer” Himself to us so that through our acceptance of Him and what He did at Calvary we can obtain our own eternal salvation, but rather Jesus offered Himself without spot to God to obtain our salvation by God’s acceptance of Him and what He did at Calvary. It is not about our acceptance now, but rather God the Father’s acceptance at Calvary. Additionally, he spoke of “gospel regeneration” and other man-made doctrines that result when men fail to rightly divide the Word of Truth.

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