1 " an is continually seeking a life of freedom and
. __ happiness through various means. Trying to find
meaning and purpose for their lives, many people turn
to ﬁnancial success, friends, social status, marriage and
children, education, approval of others, sexual encounters,
occupation, and profession.
However, there are many people who have had all of
these things and still have not found fulfillment in their
Could it be that man has been looking
in all the wrong places?
1. Man's Problem:
Man is Spiritually Dead and in need of Life.
G od created Adam and said to him, ”You are free to eat from any tree in the
Varden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, or when you eat of it you will surely die. " God gave Adam the choice to
either remain de endent on Him for life or to become independent from Him
which is spiritua death. Wanting to become like God, Adam ate of the tree of
the knowledge of mod and evil and t_hat day he died 5 iritually. Each of us are
born into this wor d in the likeness of Adam. Sin and eath has been passed on
to every human being.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death
through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. ..
As 1' 1 ou, on were dead in 1 our trans essions and sins. . .
2 ( Ephesians 2:1)
Our spiritual death (separation from God) is
what makes us ask the questions, ”Who am I?
Why am I here? Where am I going? "
"There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of
every man that cannot be ﬁlled by any created
thing, but only by God the Creator, made known
through Jesus Christ. "
St. Augustine said:
”Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our
hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee. ”
F rom God's vantage oint, the problem of
man is not just that e is a sinner in need of
forgiveness; his vreater problem is that he is
dead and in nee of life.
2. God's Solution: God has provided Life
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world, ( ), / / /
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that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal "Kl hi? ‘ <. /
life. (lohn 3:16) _A. _ E
I have come that they may have life, and have it ‘k'(‘} , ) 3% , '’F'
to thefull. (lohn 10:10) t3.’»‘: : __“‘ -V
I Am the Resurrection and the life! He who believes in Me, though he
were dead, will live: and whoever lives and believes in Me will never
die. Do you believe this? (lolm 11:25 K] V)
Therefore. . .
Salvation is being saved froin the wages of sin
(death) by the gift of God (life).
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
But because of H is great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us
alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is
by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4,5)
M/ hen you were dead in your sins and in the zmcircumeision of your
sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our
sins, . . . (Colossmns 2:13)
But these are written that you may believe that jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
However. . .
3. Before Life Could Be Given,
Sins Had to be Forgiven (Taken Away).
Only God can forgive sins.
Who can forgive sins but God alone? (Mark 2:7)
God became a man.
. ..Christ lesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality
with God sometlnng to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, And being
found lll appezzrarzee as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to
'death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)
He died in our place.
But God demonstrates His own lovefor us in this: M/ hile we were still sinners,
Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
He is the sacri ce for our sins, and not onlyfor ours but alsofor the sins of
the whole wor d. (1 john 2:2)
He is the final sacrifice for our sins.
. ..without the sliedding o blood there is no
_forgiveness. (Hebrews 9: 2)
Then he iulils: ”Their siiis and lawless acts I will
renzeinber no more. " And where these have been
for "veil, there is no longer any si1criﬁi‘e_for sin.
(He rews 10:17,18)
He took away our sins.
The next day john saw Iesus coniing toward him and
said, "Look, the lamb of Coil, who takes away the sin
of the world! ” (lolin 1:29)
This is love; not that we loved -
God, but that He loved us and sent Love’ not Splkes" held
His Son as the One who would Jesus to the cross.
turn aside His wrath, takin
away our sins. (1 Iolin 4:1 )
1.1. The Good News of the Gospel
’’It is Finished! ”
‘Ale have been reconciled to God.
All this is from God, who. ..was reconciling the
world to Himselfin Christ, not counting men's
sins against them. (2 Corinthians 5518,19)
l/ Ian's Part:
We implore you on Clirist’s behalf: Be reconciled
to God. God made l lim who knew no sin to be
sin for us, so that in Him we might become the
righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20,21)
Because we are saved b His life, the cross
was not an end in itse f, but a means of
accomplishing the end - that of restoring
life that had been lost through sin.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds
because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by
Christ's liysical body through death to present you halt in His sight,
without iilemish and free from accusation. .. (Colossians :21,22)
For when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to l lim
through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled,
shall we be saved through His life! (Romans 5:10)
Christ was sacriﬁced once to take away the sins of many people; and
He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to
those who are waiting for H im. ( Hebrews 9:28)
5. In Him You are a New Creation.
Iesus declared, ”I tell you the truth, no one
can see the kingdom of God unless he is born
again. " (Iohn :3)
Therefore, an one is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the o d has gone, the new lzas come!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
B ecoming a Christian can be likened to a
caterpillar being transformed into a
butterﬂy. Although you might not always act
like a good ”butterﬂy, ” you are never going
to be a worm again!
In Him you are complete.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of
this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossiims 1:27)
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Him you
have been made complete. .. (Colossians 2:9—10)
In Him there is now no condemnation.
Thereﬁire, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ jesus,
because throiggh Christ Iesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the
law of sin an death. (Romans 8:1,2)
In Him we have forgiveness.
In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in
accordance with the riches of God's grace. (Ephesians 1:7)
In Christ you don't get forgiven, you are forgiven.
Our Decision: To turn from our unbelief
and receive the Lord Iesus Christ as our life.
For me to live is Christ. .. (Philippians 1:21 )
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives
in me. The li e I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who
loved me an gave H imself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Salvation is by Faith.
For by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not ﬁom
i ourselves, it is the of God — not by works, so that no one can
oast. ( Ephesians 2: ,9
ll l 2 eligion” is man's best effort to reach up to ( lod, but Christ is (§od’s only
method to reach down to man in torgiveiiess and otter him true lite. "
Salvation is crossing over from death to life.
To all who received I Iiin, to those who believed
in His name, He gave the right to become
children ofGod. .. (loliii 1:12)
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for
God's wrath remains on liinz. (loliii 3:36)
I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word
and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life
and will not be conderriized; he has crossed over
from death to life. ( Iohn 5:24)
15 there any reason why you would
not be willing to accept _]esus Christ
as Lord and Savior?
We receive Christ by personal invitation.
eceiving Christ involves man repenting from his sin of unbelief and
turnjn to God and His provision in the person of Jesus Christ. It is
trustin C rist for His forgiveness at the cross, and for His promise of new
life to a 1 who believe.
The following is a suggested prayer:
Lord Iesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross ﬁn‘ thefm'givc-
ness of my szns. Thank you for offering me Yum‘ ltfe. I now ask Yuu to
come into my heart as my Lord and Saviur. Take cmztrol of my life and
make me Into the new creatzon You want me to be. I now thank You ﬁn‘
Corning into my heart and giving me eternal life.
I you prayed this prager, the living Christ has come to dwell within you
rever and on have egun the great adventure for which you were created
as a child 0 God.
You can know that God will never leave you.
— Assurance of Salvation —
. . . God has said, ”Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. "
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is
in His Son. He who has the Son has li e; he who does not have the Son of
God does not have life. I write these t ings to you who believe in the name
o the Son 0 God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
1 ]ohn 5:1 -13)
What does the Bible say you must have in order to have etcmal life?
Do you know for su re that you have the Son?
It you have the Son, what else do you have?
Can ’ou have one without the other?
hat docs ”eternal” mean?
Could you ever lose something that is eternal?
Now what? 15
17“. -a. bide in Christ‘.
''I am the vine; you are the brmirlies. Ifa man reiniiins
in Me and I in linii, he will bear nim'li_/ riiit, ' apart
from Me you ran do nothing. ” (lolm 19:5)
‘/273,1 k in truth.
lesur: said, "lfyon hold to my tearliing, you are
really my ili. -4riple. ~‘. Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you_free. " (Iolm 831,32)
‘S-r0 v in grace.
For the grave ofCoz'l that l)l‘lIIg. < sal? 'ation has
1l[l]lt’llI'¢'t to all men. lt teaelie. -:7 us to say "No” to
Illlg(lllllll('>'S mid worldly ]71lSSl(7I1S, and to live self-
rontrolleil, iimiglitriiiil godly lives in this present
age, while we waitfor the lile. ~:sed hope — the
Q orions ap rearing ofour great God and Savior, l1’Sll5
16 C/1ri. ~‘t. ..( itus 2:11-14)
Renew your mind through God's Word.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what
God's will is —His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
As a new Christian it is important to be:
Fed by the Word of God
Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that eomesfroni the mouth
of God. (Matthew 4:4)
Encouraged by Other Believers
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us
entourage one another. .. (Hebrews 10:25)
Strengthened by God's Paithfulness
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called aeeordiiig to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Iesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
May God bless you in your new adventure as a child of God! 17