10 Aug Give the Gospel Away
Read: Psalm 132
Last Sunday, Pastor Ken began our new series, “Fight the Good Fight,” with a sermon from 1 Timothy 6:11-16. This Sunday, he will preach a message on standing against the schemes of the devil from Ephesians 6:10-20. As you prepare your heart for our Sunday gathering, let these words from John Piper spur you on to fuller life in Christ as you share the gospel of peace.
The armor of God is given to us believers to help us stand against the devil. It is introduced as defensive armor. Verse 13: “Take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” How to stay standing is the issue.
So what can we conclude from the fact that the shoes of verse 15 are the readiness to move with the gospel of peace? I conclude this. A ready offense is an essential part of a successful defense. And O how true this is!
Giving the gospel away is one of the best ways of experiencing its power in your own life. The best way to taste the power of God for your own soul is to venture something on it. It’s the great old truth of the Lord himself when he said, “He who loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” The more ready we are to move with the gospel, the more life and power and joy and security we will know in the gospel.
In giving we will receive. In dying we will live. And in telling the gospel we will hear it again with O so much more depth and power and joy.
How lovely on the mountains
are the feet of him
who brings good news, good news,
announcing news of happiness:
Our God reigns! Our God reigns!
Excerpt from the sermon, “Ready to Move with the Gospel of Peace,” by John Piper
Song List for Sunday
- “Whom Shall I Fear,” by Chris Tomlin
- “Always,” by Kristian Stanfill
- “It Is Finished,” by Matt Papa
- “Facing a Task Unfinished,” by Keith & Kristyn Getty
- “O Church Arise,” by Keith & Kristyn Getty