2018 A Gospel Year
"Salvation | Healing | Deliverance "
The Time is Fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and Believe in the GOSPEL | MARK 1:15
The word GOSPEL comes from the Greek word euaggelion which is translated GOOD NEWS.
Now there are a lot of things we could say is GOOD NEWS but what is the specific GOOD NEWS or GOSPEL of the Holy Bible?
The word GOSPEL is a very important word it is mentioned 101 times in the New Testament. It is used exclusively in reference to the advancing Kingdom of God and the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There is a catch phrase that many progressive seeker friendly Church Pastors use that goes something like this...'The MESSAGE stays the same even though the METHOD of delivering the MESSAGE must change'.
I understand the thinking behind this in that Churches must present themselves in ways that are relatable to modern day society but the problem is not only are the METHODS changing but it seems the MESSAGE has started to change too not truly demonstrating what Jesus commanded.
Our goal this year and beyond at Awesome Church is to present the undiluted, uncompromising GOSPEL of Jesus Christ in a way that demonstrates the supremacy of the Kingdom of God over the Kingdom of Satan and that is what Christianity is all about.
The Apostle Paul said in ROMANS 1:16 NKJV: For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.
So we see here that the GOSPEL has POWER to SAVE for those who BELIEVE in it. You see the word SALVATION that is the Greek word sótéria 4991 which means to deliver or to rescue from destruction.
An abbreviated form from sótéria is sozo. Now SOZO is an important word and it is always connected to the Gospel of Jesus Christ because SOZO contains in it salvation, healing, deliverance, prosperity, peace and joy.
To be SAVED by Jesus Christ is to be RESCUED.
Rescued from what?
The consequences of SIN, CURSES and DEMONS. Now how do I know that because in MATTHEW 4:23-24 NKJV the scripture describes what the end result of sin, curses and demons are.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the GOSPEL of the kingdom and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics and paralytics and He healed them.
A distinctive sign ofthe New Testament is deliverance from evil spirits and healing the sick as this demonstrates the supremacy of God's Kingdom advancing against Satan's kingdom.
The Apostle Paul explains to the Church that the GOSPEL is not just a message but a demonstration of the power and supremacy of Jesus Christ over the powers of the devil. 1 THESSALONIANS 1:5 NKJV For our GOSPEL did not come to you in word only but also in power and in the Holy Spirit.
The GOSPEL of the supremacy of Jesus Christ over the power of the devil must be preached. MATTHEW 24:14 NKJV And this GOSPEL of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come.
So the GOSPEL is the undeniable truth that Jesus Christ died on Calvary's Cross as a perpetual sacrifice for the sins of mankind and that 3 days after His death He rose from the dead to prove He is God and to show His supremacy not only over sickness and evil spirits but also death.
Anyone who calls upon the Name of Jesus and repents of their sin will be forgiven and they shall be saved or the Greek word soteria delivered or rescued from the power of every curse and demon.
Unfortunately today in many Churches the GOSPEL has been redefined and another GOSPEL is being taught that does not involve soteria or deliverance from curses and evil spirits.
Ask yourself when is the last time you visited a Church service from any Christian denomination like Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Uniting or even Pentecostal and you witnessed the GOSPEL being preached with Salvation, Healing and Deliverance taking place?
Much of Christendom has substituted the GOSPEL of POWER in the Holy Spirit and the supremacy of Jesus over the devil with nice stories, motivational feel good sermons, crowd pleasing messages and ceremonial tradition that is literally burdening people with religion but offering no real solutions.
The true Christian GOSPEL or GOOD NEWS is FREEDOM FROM SIN AND IT'S CONSEQUENCES.
The true Christian GOSPEL is that JESUS CHRIST is God. He is the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End. The First and the Last. He is Lord and has absolute supremacy, authority, rule and reign over all the powers of the devil, curses and demon spirits.
The GOSPEL or GOOD NEWS that Jesus Christ proclaimed is found in LUKE 4:18 NKJV
- - The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me
- - To preach the gospel to the poor (God's economy for prosperity)
- - He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted (Emotional wholeness)
- - To proclaim liberty to the captives (Mental wellness)
- - And recovery of sight to the blind (Physical healing and revelation)
- - To set at liberty those who are oppressed (Deliverance from Demons)
ISAIAH 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the GOVERNMENT will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His GOVERNMENT and peace there will be no end.
The GOSPEL of the kingdom of God is the government of God being restored back on the earth through the soul's of people. No one can truly claim to be a Christian and not be submitted to the kingdom or government of God.
The GOSPEL of the kingdom of God is a message of RESTORATION. Restoration is putting things back into their right place and condition. Sin is rebellion that can only be dealt with through REPENTANCE. When one repents and believes they are putting themselves under the rule and reign of the kingdom of God.
There is a powerful prophecy given by the great prophet Jeremiah who foretold of the end-time Messianic Church that we are living in right now and this portion of scripture is really important because it describes what a Gospel Church looks like and it is the core belief of Awesome Church.
JEREMIAH 33:6,8-9 NKJV
6 Behold I will bring it health and healing I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.
8 I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.
9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honour before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.
Jeremiah say's that the End time Messianic Church will be recognised by 3 very important things and in presenting the GOSPEL we must be able to say as the Apostle Paul did that we are NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL. Well here is a picture of a GOSPEL CHURCH and God does not want us to be ashamed of it but rather proclaim this to the lost.
verse 6 HEALTH and HEALING
verse 8 FORGIVENESS OF SINS
verse 9 GOODNESS and PROSPERITY
HEALTH and HEALING or healing and deliverance is a fundamental aspect of the Christian Church or at least it should be. People should be able to come to Church and know that they can receive God's healing and deliverance in their lives.
FORGIVENESS OF SINS speaks about the grace of God that is made available to anyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord and repents of their sins and accepts Jesus Christ into their lives. This is only made possible because of THE CROSS.
GOODNESS and PROSPERITY is a covenant right of the New Testament and is freely available for those who follow God's word and seek first His Kingdom and righteousness. Prosperity in it's most ancient definition means NOTHING MISSING NOTHING BROKEN. God's Prosperity is for the whole person including Spirit, Soul, Body, Relationships & Finances.