(Message 1) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” The Apostle Paul made that statement nearly 2000 years ago. So, what is the Gospel and its power? How can it save anyone? What does it mean not to be ashamed of it? Join us for a clear and challenging message for those who follow Jesus and those who don’t. #GCRooted
3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, 5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. 6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. 7 You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. 8 He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
12 Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. 13 I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
Look at the table of contents in your Bible. What’s your favorite book of the Bible? What book are you planning to read next and why?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
Read Colossians 1:7-8 and 4:12-13. Who is Epaphras? If Epaphras had been silent with the Gospel, what would be missing from the world today?
When you hear the word Gospel, what do you think? Pastor Troy said tolerance and self-sufficiency tend to be enemies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Have you ever seen this in your life or relationships?
Read Colossians 1:3-5. If you’ve embraced the Gospel, in what ways did you experience the love of God and the hope of eternity?
Read Colossians 1:6-8. One of the core values of GC is “It’s not about me, it’s about those who aren’t even here yet.” What does that mean to you? Is that something you embrace? How do we balance the spiritual growth of Christians with the desire to make Sunday morning about those who are not yet converted? Are those mutually exclusive missions?
Read Romans 1:16. Can anyone say the verse from memory? What happens when we fearlessly share the Gospel?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
Pastor Troy said, “Make a decision to die to your needs so others can find life.” Where would you place yourself: you have died to your needs, are dying to your needs, or are living for your needs? Explain.
Talk about something you learned during this message. The Bible is alive and no matter how often we read it or hear someone talk about it, God is revealing things to us as He wants us to know them. What was your takeaway?
What GOOD NEWS do you have to share with your group today? There are people in your small group at all levels of spiritual maturity. What has God placed upon your heart and in your mind to share with them?]
Have you ever shared the Gospel message with someone? What was their reaction? What did this experience do for you?
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
Troy challenged us in the message with 2 action items. Commit to doing these this week.1) Memorize Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.2) Step out in faith and invite someone to GC.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
The Gospel is life-changing. If you are a follower of Jesus, we cannot keep this message to ourselves. Pray and ask God to give you the courage to share the Gospel with someone in your neighborhood, family, work, school, or whomever God places on your heart.