Sermon Title: “The Mystery of the Gospel and the Grace of God for the Lost”
Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Speaker: Pastor Joseph
1. To Suffer for the Gospel is to suffer for a great cause (vv. 1,13)
Four important facts about Paul’s suffering for Christ:
1. Paul describes himself as a prisoner for Christ Jesus, not a prisoner of Caesar or of Rome.
2.The source of his suffering is human rebellion against God.
3.The cause of his suffering is Christ Jesus.
4.Paul, having presented himself as a prisoner for Christ, his suffering is the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy that Paul would suffer for his sake and for his Gospel (Acts 19:15-16, the conversion experience).
2. The mystery of God is revealed through the Gospel (vv. 3, 4, 6, 9)
•the full inclusion of the Gentiles in the salvation history of God and in the ekklesia of God through Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit (vv.6)
•that God now revealed his manifold wisdom, through the ekklesia of God, to rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms (v.10)
•spiritual equality of Jews and Gentiles (3:6)
•the fulfillment of God’s eternal promise to give us freedom and confidence in Christ (v.12)
3. The prominence of Grace and the freedom of Christ (vv. 2, 7, 8)
•grace (charis) is connected to the stewardship of God (v.2).
•grace is linked to divine revelation (v.3).
•grace is connected to the vocation (that is his assignment and responsibility) of Paul as Apostle to the Gentiles (v.7).
•grace is connected to the ministry of preaching, missions, and evangelization (v. 8).
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