While we, unfortunately, did not get the message recorded from Easter Sunday, I am posting Alan’s outline and notes with links to the Scriptures on Bible Gateway. It was a beautiful message about what it means to be a Christian. Enjoy!
Two Aspects of the Gospel
- The objective aspect, which involves the actual reality of the person and works of Christ. Specifically, this week the focus is on the cross and resurrection as actual events that occurred. The objective aspect is the Truth.
- The subjective aspect, which involves how we appropriate and benefit from the realities of the person and work of Christ. One example of this aspect is understanding and appropriating the truth that the risen Christ is alive to live in and through us. But for that to happen, we need to be aware of and act upon that truth. The subjective aspect is how you apply the truth to your life.
We will focus today on five elements of the subjective aspect. In light of the crucifixion and the resurrection:
- We must realize our own sinfulness
- Romans 6:23
- 1 John 1:8
- Ephesians 2:1-3
- Sin = not being who God created you to be
- Let’s be clear: we are all sinners. There is no such things as those who sin and those who don’t. It’s a matter of whether we are repentant/justified/reconciled sinners or unrepentant/unjustified/unreconciled sinners.
- We must reject works
- We can never merit/earn our way to being right with a Holy God.
- Galatians 2:17-21
- Ephesians 2:4-9
- We must reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ
- Galatians 2:20
- How do you become dead to sin? Identify yourself with the cross of Christ. Say, along with Paul, “I want to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.”
- Know that with Christ we have the capacity to not sin.
- Philippians 3:10
- We must resolve to live in resurrection power through active faith
- Faith isn’t just a one-time/passing thing. We need to be “faithing” it each day.
- Hebrews 11 – in the “Hall of Faith” it is important to note that none of them were right with God by their works, but by their faith.
- Romans 5:9-11 – we are made right/reconciled by His death on the cross; we are continuing to be saved by His life in us.
- We must constantly remind ourselves of who we are in Christ
- Psalm 8: what mankind was meant to be & can be in Jesus Christ
Conclusion: Putting faith in Christ is a constant lifestyle of trusting in Him to do what you can’t do for yourself. Is Christ alive in you today?