But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to
Gentiles ... (1 Corinthians 1:23 ESV)
1. The Gospel paints a realistic picture of who we are … think filthy wretch, worm/grub, serial criminal and adulterous lover all rolled up into one vile person.
2. The Gospel tells us no one can earn God’s favor or forgiveness and makes us all out to be beggars eligible for charity. God’s salvation is charity, not a pay check.
3. The Gospel declares that God is not impressed with our prayers, giving, good deeds or church attendance. Far from being impressed, He actually despises our acts of righteousness. It is the pig's attempt to look clean and pretty.
4. The Gospel leads us to totally give up all hope on humanity.
5. The Gospel reveals that the life we’re now living is a lie.
6. The Gospel reminds us that it really does matter what we do in this life—every thought, word spoken and action taken will be brought out into the open and judged accordingly.
7. The Gospel demands that we ask our greatest Enemy to rescue us from certain destruction.
8. The Gospel has only One Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore every other god / messiah / prophet is an impostor. Every other religion is false and a waste of time and energy. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ.
9. The Gospel has only One Lord and King, Jesus Christ, and this means that every other master, king, dictator and tyrant must go.
10. The Gospel declares that we are completely dependent on God, start to finish, for our election, regeneration,
justification, adoption, sanctification and glorification.
11. The Gospel demonstrates that our sin and sinful condition are so desperate that only the cruel death of the God-Man, Jesus Christ, could remedy our situation and satisfy God's legal and just demands for payment.
12. The Gospel tells the story of the spotless Lamb in apparent weakness dying to rescue sinful men and women. To the human eye, this does not look like an overwhelming victory. Instead it appears to be pathetic.
13. The Gospel puts the saint in direct opposition to the world, Satan, and his own heart and soul. A great segregation and war begins at the point of belief. The Christian is declared to be an outcast and alien and enemy combatant.
14. The Gospel is good news to those being saved, but the aroma of death and judgment to those who continue in their rebellion and unbelief.