T h e G o s p e l : G o d ’ s S a v i n g M e s s a g e

“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21).

God chose a message of love, hope, forgiveness, and grace to save mankind. God chose the gospel to teach people of the cross and the saving blood of Christ. The gospel is not merely good news; it is the best news of all time. Nothing is more urgent or more needed.

The gospel is God’s power for salvation (Romans 1:16). It is the imperishable seed by which we are born again into the family of God (1 Peter 1:23-25). In humility we must “receive the word implanted, which is able to save” our souls (James 1:21). The gospel is unalterably connected to our salvation. “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Timothy 2:3-4). God gave us the gospel out of an overwhelming love as part of His eternal plan for saving mankind from sin.

The Lord’s marching orders are, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). These marching orders are our orders.

Our hearts beat with a consciousness of a lost and dying world needing the gospel message to rescue them from sin. We realize the power is not in us but in the gospel message. It is the treasure (2 Corinthians 4:7). The gospel is God’s message of eternal life (John 6:63).

We are committed at SEARCH to preaching the true and pure gospel of Christ, because we love the Lord and love the lost souls of men. The Lord has entrusted us with this great task, and we must do our best to glorify God’s Word.

Your support and prayers for us help us to fulfill the great commission, the most urgent task in the world.  We need your help month in and month out to reach into millions of homes with the gospel message. Please, please help us. We need your support.

The Lord be with you, Phil Sanders (May 2012)

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But if I say, “I will not remember Him o…

But if I say, “I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name,” then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it (Jeremiah 20:9).

A preaching brother recently asked me how to light a fire of faith in ourselves and in our brethren to evangelize and to have a love for souls. He observed that the how is harder than the what, and he is certainly correct.

Our marching orders are in the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15-16). For several years I taught the church growth class at the Nashville School of Preaching. I learned that many churches have no strategy for taking the gospel to their community. Many haven’t even kept records of baptisms, restorations, their growth, or their loss. They worship regularly but have had little thought about winning souls for Jesus. Many sermons are crafted for the saved with little thought of the lost and dying souls or exhorting us to evangelize.

Before Paul wrote to Timothy to fan the flame of his gift from God (2 Tim. 1:6-7), he reminded Timothy of the “sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well” (1:5). If we believe in the cross and in the resurrection, we believe in a hereafter and a judgment. Our faith will not allow us to remain silent about sin and salvation. Peter and John said, “we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20; cf. Jer. 20:9). Fire in our bones arises from faith!

We need to revive our sincere faith, to have a deep conviction of what we believe and why. The Lord has called us to deny ourselves, to take up our crosses daily, and to follow Him. Let us put away a spirit of timidity and renew a spirit of “power and love and self-control” (2 Tim. 1:7). Let us not be afraid to preach with love the distinctive nature of the one gospel, one faith, one body, or one baptism. When we preach the truth in love, we will win souls!

The Lord be with you,
Phil Sanders

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