10 Gospel Coaching Sessions Will Empower Your Life Beyond Imagination
The gospel is the power of God in us (Rom 1:16-17).
The gospel is the method God has chosen
to bless us, to empower us, and to benefit us
in living the abundant life of his Son Jesus (John 10:10).
Abba Father God’s desire is to bless us as his kids.
The way he does so is for us to live in all
of the following 10 aspects of the gospel.
The gospel Is living in total, absolute assurance of salvation
There are two other gospel aspects, but they do not deal
with living the abundant life of Christ on this earth.
Instead, they deal with two subjects we all face in this life:
(1) physical death, and (2) eternal life in heaven.
Thus, I entitle these:
(1) Death: the Ultimate Life Experience
(2) Heaven Is Real: Setting Your Affection on God’s Vision of Eternity
For these 2 subjects, be sure to visit:
ARE WE WRONGLY DUPLICATING HISTORY?
In many ways, we are repeating the unbelief of the Jews in the Old Testament. The ancient Jews were told to do two things by God in the Old Testament:
(1) To separate themselves from the religions, idols and ways of other people
(2) To believe in, obey and live the Old Covenant law.–
We modern Christians are told to do two very similar things by God in the New Testament:
(1) To repent of all other beliefs, theologies, opinions, and human concoctions
(2) To believe and live the gospel in all of its glory and power.
The first words of Jesus after leaving the wilderness with Satan, was something very short and simple: “The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe.” It was the most important thing on his mind and heart. Thus, it should be the most important thing on our mind and heart too.
The cross of Christ is the central focus of all human history. Those before the cross looked FORWARD to the cross, the Christ event. Those of us after the cross should look BACKWARD at it. The cross is the center of everything. It fulfills all prophecy and brings in the Kingdom of God on earth. The New Covenant gospel is what defines and proclaims this.
Jesus came to bring us God’s good news, which he mainly taught in his parables.
He knew we could not understand everything until after the cross, and then he wouldn’t be around very long. He stated this in John 16:12: “I have many things to say to you, but you can’t understand them now.”
Thus, after the cross, Paul said he was called to both defend and confirm the gospel (Phil 1:7).
WE SHOULD LEARN FROM HISTORY, NOT REPEAT IT
Hebrews 4 talks about living in a state of rest in God’s Kingdom on earth. The ancient Jews could not enter God’s rest due to UNBELIEF (Heb 3:18-19). Then chapter four begins with this statement: “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them, but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them who heard it.” Thus Paul cries out: “The just — those of us who are justified by Christ — shall live by faith. We must live by faith in Jesus.
We are called to live the gospel in faith and belief. Remember, this was the first thing Jesus said. We should not copy the ancient Jews and repeat their error of unbelief. And the belief
Jesus says we must have is in the good news of his Kingdom — we must believe the truth and reality of it. I quoted what I see to be the 10 aspects of the gospel at the beginning of this message. The problem most people have with this ‘good news’ is it just seems too good to be true.
Now, if we’re not living in Kingdom truth, Paul says we’re in Satan’s snare, and we’re captive to Satan at his will. The way to break this is to ask God to give us a spirit of repentance so we can believe and live the truth Jesus came to bring us (II Tim 2:25-26).
Today God’s Kingdom is about us believing and living gospel truth. As we’ll see, this is what the early, first century church did. But today, we have so many denominations, and theologies, and so many personal opinions, and concoctions beliefs, that in most churches, the message Jesus brought is only ANCIENT HISTORY. I jokingly say it’s like the SECOND Tower of Babel today.
GOD SPOKE TO MOSES A LONG TIME AGO
God told Moses about Jesus and the gospel 3,000 years ago. God said he would send his special Prophet (meaning Jesus), and he would have this Prophet (Jesus) declare God’s message, to us. He said he would require us to believe it and live it (Deut 18:15-19). God went on to say he would put his words in this Prophet’s mouth, and that this Prophet (who again, is Jesus) would speak to us all that God commanded him. God ended this saying, “And it shall be that whoever will not hear my words which he speaks in my name, I will REQUIRE it of him.”
See the importance of this! We are required to understand, believe and live the gospel. It’s not a CHOICE we have to make. It’s a REQUIREMENT God says we must live by. There is no doubt that Jesus is the ‘Prophet’ God spoke to Moses about. And Jesus had some things to say about the gospel truth he spoke to us:
“As my Father has taught me, I speak these things” (John 8:28).
“I speak that which I have seen with my Father” (John 8:38).
“Even as the Father said to me, so I speak” (John 12:50).
“The words that I speak, I do not speak of myself, but my Father who dwells in me” (John 14:10).
This is what God told Moses he would do. Jesus was God’s Prophet, to bring us God’s gospel message for us to live. As Jesus says, Repent, of all other beliefs, and believe the gospel!
THE NEW TESTAMENT CONFIRMS GOD’S WORDS TO MOSES
The Book of Acts quotes Moses: “A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you… him you shall hear in ALL things he says to you. And it shall come to pass that every person who will NOT hear this Prophet shall be destroyed from among the people” (Acts 3:23-24). WOW!
I’ll repeat it again: you and I are required to understand, believe and live God’s Kingdom truth, which is the gospel of Christ’s finished work. It’s not a choice we have to make. It’s a requirement we are told we must live by. Thus Jesus says we must repent of ALL other beliefs — and believe the good news Jesus brought (Mark 1:15).
Many Christians think most things in the Bible are an elective. They can choose to believe and live them or not, thereby concocting their own theologies and beliefs. This is really not true.
Jesus says the exact same thing in John. He says, “He who rejects me, and does not receive my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). Let me ask this: if Jesus told us to repent of all other beliefs, and to only believe the gospel, what do you think were the words he spoke? It’s pretty obvious this is a direct reference to his New Covenant Kingdom truth.
Jesus said the gospel must be preached in all the world before the end times would come (Matt 24:14). WOW AGAIN! He then went on to say we must preach the gospel to every person (Mark 16:15). He also said that he was anointed to preach the gospel (Luke 4:18), which is the gospel of the Kingdom of God, and this was the reason he came to earth (Luke 4:43).
Do you get a glimpse of just how important the gospel is? It goes way beyond just being important. It is VITAL. It is REQUIRED. We are not given a CHOICE. This is why, as The Gospel Life Coach, I stress it continually. Read this message in print below, and especially the 10 aspects of the gospel at the very first. But see this: the REASON it is so important to God for us to live the gospel, is he wants to bless us out of our socks!
PAUL AGREES: THE GOSPEL WILL JUDGE US
Paul says in the last days, God will judge the secrets of our hearts by Jesus Christ, according to the gospel (Rom 2:16). He also makes a statement about us Gentiles. He says, “For when Gentiles, who do NOT have the law, instinctively do the things of the Law, these Gentiles, NOT having the law, are a law to themselves” (Rom 2:14). There are only two choices in the Bible: (1) living by law, and (2) living by the book of Jesus.
We Gentiles never had the law at all. It was only for Jews. So why does any Christian try to live by it? I’m not sure there’s a good answer to this. In fact it might be said that we just STOLE the law from the Jews. So, if this verse is accurate, we Gentiles have NO business living by law. The law was nailed to the cross of Jesus (Col 2:14), and was abolished by the cross (Eph 2:15). We Gentiles were not officially birthed into God’s Kingdom until after the cross.
So why in the world do any of us try to live by a system that was abolished before we were part of God’s Kingdom? The only real answer is that those who do are in UNBELIEF.
Paul continues to talk about the NECESSITY of the book in our lives. Speaking of end times: “Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them (1) who do not know God, and (2) who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (II Thes 1:7-8). Sadly, in Romans 10:16, in speaking about us Christians he says, “But they have not all obeyed the gospel.” Here it says people are judged for two things:
(1) not believing in Jesus (you can’t know God except through Jesus), and
(2) not believing and living the gospel Jesus came to bring us.
According to both Jesus and Paul, gospel belief is what is going to judge us. This is why I present this series of coaching sessions on the gospel: so you understand it, believe it and live it.