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Gospel Defined

Gospel Defined

Mar 2013 - Jun 2013

If you ask a group of self-professing Christians to define the gospel, you will likely get a myriad of different answers. When pressed to define the core of what we believe about Jesus, we often drift into a mumble of spiritual sounding technicalities and nervous “Well...you knows.” Is this a problem? Can we define the gospel however we’d like? Is it okay for us to wander into wishy-washy sentimentality about exactly what the gospel is? Or to ask it another way, is it important to accurately define the gospel? Yes. We believe it is, and Paul tells us why.

Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, Jun 02, 2013
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23 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - The airport atrium was packed with people. Many had signs, others were holding balloons. It was a party...and the guest of honor hadn’t even arrived yet. Our friends were bringing their son home from Russia, and we were part of his first ever gotcha party. Adoption is an incredibly beautiful picture. In a few short seconds you can get a glimpse of costly deep sacrificial love, a life-altering new relationship and unbelievable joy all wrapped up in a new family. As sinners, we are without a family--lost in far off hostility from our Creator, but the gospel defined tells us that God offers adoption--sonship to His people. Adoption is God’s work in making sinners members of His family.
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, May 26, 2013
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23 mins 26 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Everyone loves babies. There is something unique about seeing new life and first steps and God’s handiwork all in a tiny little package. The noises they make, their determination to eat, their movements, and even their clutch to their mom capture stares and sighs from even the most rugged around us. Signs of new life are beautiful. Birth is a very interesting picture that God uses to describe what happens when He gives life to dead sinners. It’s called being born again, and the gospel defined says that for those that are dead in their sin running hard away from Him, God can and does make us alive to respond to Him. That is regeneration and conversion.
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, May 12, 2013
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27 mins 8 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - “How did you do that?” We’ve all seen and illusion or sleight of hand trick by a magician that caused us to say something to the effect of, “Wait. Do that again.” When we are awed by something, we want to stop and replay it and understand it from every angle. It’s the reason certain sports highlights go viral and men ask their wives to be quiet for the fastest 3 minutes on Monday nights. We love to examine the amazing. An amazing thing happens to the heart that responds in faith to Jesus. But, it isn’t sleight of hand. It’s miraculous. In our awe and amazement and worship, the gospel defined shows us how that happens to those that throughly do not deserve it. God calls sinners to be saved.
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, May 05, 2013
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23 mins 38 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Do you remember the feelings you had as a child when you had been caught doing something wrong? Maybe you had to wait in a chair or sit on your bed. What went through your mind while you were waiting for your impending trial with your parents? If you were anything like me, you worked up your case. When your parents came in, you wanted to justify yourself. To justify is often used when we try to show that we aren’t guilty. We don’t want to face a penalty for our actions, so we justify ourselves. God’s word says that we are all guilty before God’s law, and in and of ourselves we can do nothing to change that. But, the gospel defined shows us an amazing truth from God. He offers justification for the guilty. But, what does that mean?
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, Apr 28, 2013
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24 mins 34 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - A ransom must to be paid for you. Your first thought when hearing that probably has something to do with a note left behind by a kidnapper. “Pay up or else.” So, have you been kidnapped? Not really. Ransom and kidnapping have actually only been associated with one other in recent times. Historically, the idea of ransom meant the price to purchase back someone who was held in bondage or slavery. Because we haven’t kept God’s law, a ransom is required. We are in bondage because of the law’s demands, and our only hope for freedom is if our ransom is paid! The gospel defined says that Jesus Himself is that redemption. Redemption means that Jesus secures our release from bondage by the paying our ransom with His blood. The ransom has been paid!
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, Apr 21, 2013
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25 mins 50 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - God’s wrath toward sin and the sinner is a concept that we would often rather ignore than think through its consequences. Most would rather talk only about love and grace, but, God’s wrath and justice are as real as His love and grace. In fact, the biggest problem that every human faces is that the wrath of an all-powerful, holy God is against them because of their sin. Our choice to disobey God earns us the just wrath of God! But, the gospel says that God poured His wrath somewhere else, and that is called propitiation. Propitiation is a sacrifice that bears God’s wrath completely so that it isn’t just removed, it is also replaced with love and favor.
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, Apr 14, 2013
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23 mins 27 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Something is wrong in man’s relationship to God. We may ignore it or try to fix it in many different ways, but ultimately our rebellion and idolatry has shattered our relationship with our Creator. We are God’s enemy...and the Bible even says that God is ours. Something needs to be done! Well, the gospel says something has been done! Reconciliation is the good news that in Christ God brings man back into fellowship with Himself. The broken relationship is repaired as Jesus makes peace between us and God with His blood.
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, Apr 07, 2013
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23 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Essential to the message of the cross is the teaching of Substitutionary Atonement. In essence, it is the voluntary work of God in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection accomplished in our place to secure our pardon and salvation. God must and will punish all wrong-doing, and the captivating truth of the gospel is that Jesus died for our wrong-doing — a shameful death, bearing our curse, enduring our pain, suffering the wrath of his own Father in our place. So, the answer to the questions “How can God love sinners without destroying justice?” and “How can the unrighteous be found righteous?” are found right here. Every other aspect of the gospel hinges on this point.
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, Mar 24, 2013
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24 mins 48 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - If you ask a group of self-professing Christians to define the gospel, you will likely get a myriad of different answers. When pressed to define the core of what we believe about Jesus, we often drift into a mumble of spiritual sounding technicalities and nervous “Well...you knows.” Is this a problem? Can we define the gospel however we’d like? Is it okay for us to wander into wishy-washy sentimentality about exactly what the gospel is? Or to ask it another way, is it important to accurately define the gospel? Yes. We believe it is, and Paul tells us why.