Sunday, May 10, 2015

Free Grace Gospel Illustrations (1 Cor. 15:1-5)

"Now I declare to you, brothers, the gospel, which I announced as good news to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved. For what announcement have I preached to you if you retain it? Except if not, you believed to no purpose. For I delivered to you in first order of importance that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas then by the twelve." (1 Corinthians 15:1-5)

The Gospel in "four-part harmony"

In the passage of Scripture quoted above, St. Paul uses four verbs to announce the gospel:

1) Christ was dead for our sins (as John Wycliffe has put it) 
2) Christ was buried
3) Christ was raised
4) Christ was seen
 
The Gospel Quartet, & other Gospel Illustrations

Here are some illustrations to describe the gospel in four parts:

  • A gospel or barbershop quartet singing in four-part harmony
  • A table, chair, or stool with 4 legs
  • A baseball diamond with 4 bases
  • A heart with 4 chambers
  • A hand with 4 fingers
  • A square with 4 sides
  • A house with 4 walls
  • A chain with 4 links
  • A raft with 4 planks
  • A car with 4 tires

Can you think of any others?

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