Motivated by the Gospel

June 16, 2019 Speaker: Jeff Bedwell Series: Transformed by the Gospel

Passage: John 15:10, John 14:15, 23-24

Transformed By The Gospel

Motivated By The Gospel

John 15:10 & 14:15, 23-24

“How do you love God?”

How did Jesus answer that question?

Commandment suggest two things:

  • Clear Direction – not just a desire
  • Authority – the right to require obedience

“to direct with authority”

Both the commandments of God and the love of God express the Character of God!

An Important Distinction:

  • Under legalism we try to Earn God’s love and favor by our obedience
  • Under grace, we Respond to God’s love and favor by our obedience

We obey God’s commandments not to be Loved but because we are Loved in Christ

A Pattern and Three Stories

Pattern: GodGuiltGospel/GraceGratitude

  1. Isaiah 6:1-8

“Here I am!  Send me!” – I am Available

  1. Luke 7:36-50

“Your sins are forgiven”

“Consciousness of one’s own sinfulness and assurance of forgiveness are the foundation of our love for God.”   Jerry Bridges

  1. Acts 9:1-31

Grace can be defined as: God’s blessings through Christ to people who Deserve His Curse

Q: What transforms our duty to desire?  Our “ought to” to “want to”?

A: Our Response of gratitude to the Love of Christ as seen in the gospel

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:14–15)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” Corinthians 15:9–10)

Train on Tracks

God’s love for us manifested in the gospel provides the Motivation and Power for obedience

God’s commandments provide the Direction for our obedience

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Making It Personal:

  • Have I genuinely experienced the life changing power of the gospel in my life through renouncing my sin and relying totally on the finished work of Jesus Christ?
  • How will I intentionally reflect on the pattern of God – Guilt- Gospel/Grace - Gratitude this week?
  • How can I continue to “preach the gospel” to myself on a daily basis?
  • Where specifically will you grow in your expression of love toward God and others through obedience this week?
  • Who can I share these truths with?

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