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We Have Good News for You!
We must first understand the bad news to appreciate the good news:
Sin: We are all sinners. All of us have broken God’s law in the Ten Commandments. The Bible teaches our disobedience to the law is sin (I John 3:5, James 2:10).
Sin’s Effect: We are also born with a sin nature that leads us to do bad things if we are not careful and eventually results in physical death (Romans 5:12).
Sin and God: Sin separates us from God who is perfect and holy (Isaiah 59:2, Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
Sin’s Hopelessness: We fall short of God’s standard because of our sin (Romans 3:23). Even good works we do cannot save us from sin and its penalty (Romans 3:20, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Sin’s Consequences: Sin has to be paid for by death and separation from God (Romans 6:23). The Bible refers to eternal separation from God as Hell or the second death (Revelation 20:14-15).
Here’s the Good News: You don’t have to be separated from God and Heaven because of your sin and its penalty. God has provided a way to overcome sin and its penalty!
His Purpose in Christ: God sent His son in the person of Jesus with a perfect nature, to live a perfect life (Matthew 1:23, Hebrews 4:15).
Don’t be Mistaken about Jesus: Jesus taught many wonderful ethical principles and ministered to many people, helping them. Yet the most important reason Jesus came into the world was to pay the debt for our sin that we owe (Matthew 20:28, I Timothy 2:4-6).
Jesus’ Payment: When Jesus died on the cross, He suffered more than just physical agony and death. He had power over His death because He rose from the dead on that Sunday (Romans 4:25, I Corinthians 15:3-4, 20-22). Jesus’ death was more than an example of suffering, forgiveness and dying for a cause. It was God’s method of paying for our sin (John 1:29, 3:14-16, Hebrews 9:12, I Peter 1:18-20).
Why Jesus Died: Since the payment of sin is death, only the perfect sacrifice of Jesus’ life can pay the penalty for sin we all deserve (Romans 5:8, Isaiah 53:5-6, II Corinthians 5: 21a). Jesus took sin’s penalty for us as our substitute (Galatians 3:13, I Peter 2:24, 3:18). Jesus provided a full payment for our sin on the cross (Acts 20:28b, Hebrews 10:10-12, I John 2: 1-2).
The Power of the Cross: We should not add to Jesus’ sacrifice by trying to be saved by good works or take away from it by believing Jesus’ primary purpose for coming to the world was for some other reason. Christ’s death in our place is God’s way of saving us from sin’s penalty (Romans 3:25-28, Galatians 2:21).
Personalize Jesus’ Sacrifice: We must decide to accept Jesus as the payment for our sin and the only hope of being saved from sin’s penalty (John 10: 9, 14:6, Acts 4:12).
Repentance: We accept Jesus by turning to God and His sacrifice for sin on the cross. Turning away from sin to God is called repentance (Acts 3:19, 20:21).
Faith in Christ’s Work on Our Behalf: We must express our faith in Christ’s sacrifice to save us and ask Him to come into our life (Romans 10:9-10, 13, Revelation 3:20).
The Good News: When we trust in Jesus to save us we are seen in Christ and God will not count sin and its penalty against us. God gives us Christ’s righteousness when we place faith in Christ sacrifice for us (Romans 5:1, 8:1, II Corinthians 5:19,21b, Colossians 1:20-21).
Position Yourself: God wants you to know there are two types of people in the world: Those who will have to pay for their sin by being separated from God in this life and eternity OR those who have accepted Christ’s payment for sin. When we trust in Christ, the penalty of sin on our life is removed and we have fellowship with God now and eternally in heaven (Romans 3:24, 5:9, Ephesians 1:7, I John 1:3, 6-7).
HERE IS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION:
Who paid for your sin, you or Jesus?
What will be the verdict of your life?
Express Your Faith Now: An assuring way to accept what Jesus has done for us and enter into a relationship with Him is through a prayer of faith similar to this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I realize that I have been separated from a personal relationship with you because of my sin. I accept the fact that you died in my place and gave your life for me on the cross. I am trusting in you now to come into my life and save me from sin’s penalty. I pray that you will begin to live Your life through me and take me to heaven when I die.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
If you expressed your faith, be assured of His power to save you. God now wants you to follow Jesus in living a Christian Life the following ways:
STEPS TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY
(1) Assurance: If you prayed to receive Jesus and meant it God has saved you and tells you that is His word (John 3:36, I John 5:12-13).
(2) Public Profession of Faith: Come forward at the end of the church service and tell the Pastor of your decision to accept Christ. He will then tell others of your decision (Matthew 10:32-33).
(3) Baptism: Follow Jesus in Baptism to outwardly declare what has happened to you by accepting Christ (Galatians 3:27).
(4) Church Membership: Join the church and be faithful to grow in your faith. Attend it regularly (Hebrews 10:25).
(5) Prayer: Talk to God daily in prayer and tell Him your needs. Look to Him for guidance (Philippians 4:4-7).
(6) Bible Reading: Spend at least 15 minutes daily reading the Bible for direction. Read it systematically and devotionally (II Timothy 2:15).
(7) Witnessing: Tell others about your new faith in Christ so they can experience Him also (Acts 1:8).