Full text of Pastor D Mohan’s sermon titled ‘The Gospel of Jesus Christ.’
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D Mohan – Senior Pastor, New Life Assemblies of God
What a great joy to come, and share the word of God with you this morning.
Jesus is totally a different person, if you have an experience with Him. He is not a myth. He is not a philosopher, He is not simply a prophet. He’s totally a different person. If you have relationship with Him, He will change you. He will use you. You will have a purpose in your life.
Please turn your Bibles to the book of 1 Corinthians 15, verse two, three and four.
1 Corinthians 15:2-4: ‘By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise you have believed in vain. For what I received, I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than 500 of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the Apostles. And last of all, He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.’
What is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Gospel is always the good news. Two things has happened here.
One, Jesus was crucified. It’s a cruel death that the people did, a great wickedness in the world is crucifying the Son of God. God Himself. Brutally was killed and murdered.
One of the worst things happened in the world is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But that has become the greatest blessing for the humanity. Because of His death, because He died on the cross of Calvary, shed His own blood, we have received the forgiveness of sin in our life.
No one has come down to this world and died for us, and never shed the blood for the remission of sin. You need to have the forgiveness of sin in your life. If you don’t have that experience in your life: you may come to church, you may pay your tithes and offering, you may do all good things to the people, but you must have this experience of forgiveness of sin in your life.
I used to be a very good person in my life, outside. I used to go to church regularly, otherwise my father will beat me. I used to be in the choir with a lot of good robes, like a saint, sitting on an altar, taking the cross, going around the church. I was an altar boy.
I used to read daily Bible. I used to have a family prayer every day, early morning 05:00; every night 9:30 there must be prayer. I used to memorize Scriptures like anything. I used to attend Sunday school. I was a holy person outside. But inner life, I lived a life of hypocrisy.
But one day I came to the meeting like this. My mother prayed for me on a daily basis early morning 04:00 that I must become a minister of God.
But one day, I remember that day and time. September 3, 1968. Some of you were not even born. I met the Lord at about 11:00 beside my bed. Jesus Christ came into my heart and changed my life totally. I received the forgiveness of sin in my life. That is an experience.
From that day onwards. Jesus changed my life. Jesus Christ is real. The experience is really real in your life. But the Holy Spirit is speaking to you this morning in a beautiful way through the skit and the mime. And all those things are so real to you, that Jesus Christ has come to set you free from all kinds of sin in your life.
We don’t convert the people from one religion to another religion. That is not our business. All religions are good. But that experience that you must have, a freedom from sin, that is the most important thing in your life. That only Jesus died for that, and gave that forgiveness of sin in your life. Receive it today. That’s the most important thing in your life.
In this world you see God-less sinners. If you read Romans Chapter One, you see God-less sinners there. Why there are God-less sinners in this world?
Romans 1, verse 21 says, ‘For though they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God, nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Instead of worshipping the Creator, they started to worship the creatures. That is why God gave them over to the sinful desire of their heart to sexual impurity.’
Second, God gave them over in the sinful desire of their heart to a sexual impurity. God gave them over to shameful lusts. That is what gay marriage is happening. That is what homosexuality happening. That is what pornography, that is around the world, 82 million of sites in your phone.
Wickedness is gripping the world in the last days. We are living in the last minute. We must be saved, otherwise you will lose your eternity.
Thirdly, ‘furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to depraved mind to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents.’
All kinds of wickedness has come into this world. Why? They do not know the real God. They are worshiping the creatures; God gave them to wickedness.
Secondly, you see, if you study Romans chapter 2, it is religious sinners. Those people come to church, they hear the word of God every Sunday; they give offerings, they go to religious places. But yet, they don’t have the repentance. They don’t have changed heart, changed mind, you must give your body to Jesus Christ. That is the real worship.
Your members of your body must do righteousness, not wickedness. That is the real worship.
You have to give your mind. Transformation must happen in your mind. Some people, religious people, change outside. They wear only white; top to bottom, you see them white. They take out all the ornaments. They look like religious people, but they are the best gossipers in the world.
Your mind needs to be transformed by the word of God. You must be a living epistle. People must read the Bible in your life. Religious sinners!
If you ask people, oh, I never committed any murder, I never committed any adultery, I never robbed anything. One day, a ten year old son went to school. Father called him, asked him: Did you do any sin today? And father asked him, did you rob the bank today? He said, no, father, I didn’t do any robbery.
Did you go to prostitute? No, father, I don’t know anything about it.
Did you commit a murder? No, father.
Ten year old boy, nowadays it’s different. But if you ask ten or five years old children, they say, we didn’t do anything of that sort.
What’s the problem with these people is if they are playing, if you call them there’s ice cream, please come and eat and play. They will come and eat ice cream. But if you call them to come and study, they say, I’m not interested now. They don’t like to obey to their parents.