"Loving God and Loving Others"
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SHARING CHRIST WITHOUT FEAR
1) DO YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF SPIRITUAL BELIEF?
2) WHO IS JESUS TO YOU?
3) DO YOU THINK THERE IS A HEAVEN AND A HELL?
4) IF YOU DIED RIGHT NOW, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? WHY?
5) IF THE LORD WANTED TO SHOW YOU MORE
ABOUT HIMSELF AND KNEW THAT PART OF WHAT
YOU BELIEVE ABOUT HIM WERE NOT TRUE, WOULD
YOU WANT HIM TO REVEAL IT TO YOU?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE WHAT
THE BIBLE SAYS?
You may use one of two types of personal testimonies:
· A salvation testimony is the story of how you became a Christian.
· A recovery testimony is the story of how Jesus helped you at a point of need in your life.
Successful, powerful salvation and recovery testimonies have several elements that you’ll want to incorporate:
My Salvation Testimony
1. My life before receiving Christ
2. How I received Jesus Christ
3. How Jesus Christ makes my life meaningful
My Recovery Testimony
1. My life seemed fairly normal until . . .
2. I discovered hope and help in Jesus when . . .
3. I am glad I have a personal relationship with Jesus today because . . .
Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe,
so are there spiritual laws which govern your relationship with God.
First Law - God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life.
(References contained on this Home Page are the actual verses from the Bible and should be read in context wherever possible.)
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16 NIV).
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?
Second Law - Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.
Man Is Sinful
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man Is Separated
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).
This diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows illustrate that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion - but he inevitably fails.
The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...
Third Law - Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.
He Died in Our Place
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
He Rose From the Dead
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
He Is the Only Way to God
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'" (John 14:6).
This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
It is not enough just to know these three laws...
Fourth Law - We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12)
We Receive Christ Through Faith
"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
(Read John 3:1-8.)
We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.
These two circles represent two kinds of lives:
Which circle best describes your life?
The following explains how you can receive Christ:
You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer
(Prayer is talking to God)
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
THE WORDLESS BOOK
BLACK- ALL OUR HEARTS ARE BLACK WITH SIN (DIRTY).
PEOPLE LOVE DARKNESS SO OTHERS WON’T SEE THE
BAD THINGS WE DO.
RED- BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS WAS SHED TO PAY FOR OUR
SINS. HE DIED FOR US.
WHITE - NOW OUR HEARTS CAN BE MADE CLEAN LIKE NEW
WHITE SNOW. OUR SINS ARE WASHED CLEAN BY THE
BLOOD OF JESUS.
GREEN - IS FOR GROWING. JESUS WANTS ME TO GROW INTO
BEING MORE LIKE HIM. IF WE TELL OTHERS, READ
THE BIBLE, PRAY, AND GO TO CHURCH WE WILL
GOLD - IS FOR SOMEDAY JESUS WILL COME AND TAKE US TO
HEAVEN. HEAVEN IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE WHERE EVEN
THE STREETS ARE MADE OF GOLD.