1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
The sharp contrast of 2x2 workers' false gospel (Quotations of workers)
Frances Layden, Convention 1960 - “The process by which an object is placed into an oyster to being the creation of a peral is an illustration of the pain one must undergo in order for the work of the gospel to take place in one’s life. When people listen to the gospel, a portion of the life of Christ is planted within them. Apart from this we could not possess the life and nature of Christ.”
Sister worker, gospel meeting, Los Angeles, CA 10/15/72 - “The Scripture will never bring anyone to Christ. The gospel must come through the servants.”
Ken Paginton (2nd Masterton 1990) - I got on my bicycle and got there at half past 11 at night and went into the room and this old sister was lying there completely unconscious, she didn't know anything. I spoke to her and there was no reaction at all. Her family was there and her son who lived with her, nobody she knew better. He took her hand and said, "Mother, it's John, do you know me?" His touch and his voice meant absolutely nothing, completely gone.
Then he said, "Mother, do you know so-and-so?"
He mentioned the names of those two strangers who years before had brought the gospel, and that old lady sat right up in bed and she said, "Yes, I know them" and fell back unconscious on her pillow. When everything else was gone and nothing in life meant anything, still living in her memory was the names of those two strangers who had brought her the only thing that meant anything when she was going from time into eternity.
Could there be any better way to spend one's life than telling that wonderful gospel? No better way. I learned something that night I will never forget, that scene as she just fell back there on the pillow, nothing else meant anything, just the names of those two servants of God who brought this wonderful everlasting gospel.
Jack Carroll, "The gospel is the New Testament ministry of the apostles and the meeting in the home."
Jack Carroll, "We have fulfilled the conditions that Jesus laid down in the Gospel. No man is justified in living by the Gospel apart from fulfilling these conditions. Our preachers live by the gospel."
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