Declaring the Gospel
Topic: AM Service Passage: Ephesians 3:7–13
The gospel of God’s grace comes to us individually, changing lives one by one. But the gospel cannot remain isolated with us. An inherent part of the gospel is the burning desire to share the good news with others. The Apostle Paul experienced this himself – for almost as soon as he was set free from self-righteousness and works, he began to declare this same grace to everyone around him. He went from city to city telling how he had met Jesus and been changed forever, and then went on to tell others that they could be changed too! It may be a mystery to us why the Lord chooses to use people to build His kingdom, but it is very clear that this is His plan. We are to declare forgiveness, unity, and the glory of God in His church. This is “Declaring the Gospel” (Ephesians 3:7-13).
I. Grace to Declare
A. A Recipient of Grace
B. Riches in Christ
C. A Charge to Fulfil
II. Declaring Grace
A. A Varied Audience
B. The Centrality of the Church
C. The Foundation of Christ
Questions for consideration: (1) Why do you think Paul is so aware of his unworthiness to receive God’s grace? How would it help you to remember what God has delivered you from? (2) What is the danger in oversimplifying what Jesus has given to us? What opportunities do you have to share how Jesus has blessed you? (3) Why is the Church important to you? What purpose does the Church serve in your life? In the world in which we live? Why do you think God planned it that way?