The gospel is a message that has to be proclaimed. Why? Because the King of the universe said that everyone needs to be converted and they will only be converted if the gospel is proclaimed and believed. But what is the gospel? As Saul helps us see in Acts 9:20, the gospel—the good news that brings joy—is Jesus. The good news is not a list of do’s and don’ts, the good news is the person and work of Jesus Christ. He lived the life we should’ve lived, died the death we deserve to die, and resurrected as the Savior and King of all who trust Him. Do we have any reasons to believe this is true? Yes, because as Saul shows us in Acts 9:22, the gospel can be proved. The gospel can be proved Biblically, historically, and experientially. Given the evidence, it’s a bigger leap of faith to deny Jesus than to receive Him. Furthermore, the gospel cannot be silenced precisely because it is a message that has to be proclaimed, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and proven due to God’s providential sovereignty.
ACTS 9:19b-25 19b For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. 20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
23 When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.
1. Was there anything from the sermon, the big idea, or Acts 9:19-25 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
The gospel is a message that has to be proclaimed. Why? Because the King of the universe said that everyone needs to be converted and they will only be converted if the gospel is proclaimed and believed.
2. If someone asked you why they needed to be converted to Christianity (i.e. saved) what would you say? What does it mean that someone is a Christian (disciple, believer, etc.)?
As Saul helps us see in Acts 9:20, the gospel—the good news that brings joy—is Jesus.
3. What does it mean that Jesus is the gospel? What does this mean for you in your life now and your hope of the future?
Do we have any reason to believe this? Yes, because as Saul shows us in Acts 9:22, the gospel can be proven. The gospel can be proven Biblically, historically, and experientially.
4. Which of the proofs of the gospel is most compelling to you and why?
For all who hear the gospel and respond through faith in Jesus, He has secured an eternal, purposeful, accepted, empowered, and abundant life with Him as Savior and King.
That life begins now and will be fully realized one day when He comes back at the end of human history to make everything sad come untrue. He will come back here and rid the world of suffering, sin, injustice, death, and those who belong to Him will be perfected and will live with Him in ever–increasing joy forever. Joy to us. Glory to Jesus!
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