I've attended church my entire life, but I did not understand what the message of the gospel really was until I was twenty six years old. Every one has a different learning style!
Sometimes I need to remind myself of the good news.
If you haven't heard it yet, I pray that you hear and believe! Feel free to email me if you have any further questions about becoming a Christian. You can do it right now!
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What's the Gospel?
Christ lived the life we should have lived, and died the death we deserve to die.
God Created us in his image. (Gen. 1 and 2)
We are to be like him. Holy as He is Holy. (I Peter 1:15-16)
God is a just God and turns his face from sinners (Romans 1:18)
The Bad News
We chose to enter a world of sin (Gen. 3)
We separated ourselves from God and deserve death (Romans 6:23)
There is nothing that we can do to deserve a relationship with God. (Romans 3:21-28)
The Good News
But God loves us, and provided us a gift:
himself as a sacrifice in replacement of our sins. (John 3:16)
Jesus is God(Col 1:13)
Jesus is fully human, except he is without sin. (Hebrews 2:17, 4:15)
Jesus lived and died as a replacement for us
and rose again in fulfillment of the Jewish scriptures
a victory of sin, death and Hell. (I Peter 3:18)
The guilt and punishment we deserve, is taken on by Christ himself. (I Peter 2:24)
We can now have the intended relationship with God if we believe,
and trust in Jesus as our savior. (Ephesians 2:7-9)
If we confess that we are sinners, and turn to God,
by His grace he will wash away our sins (Acts 3:19)
you will be given the righteousness of Christ, (Eph 2:7-9)
and will be adopted as a son or daughter into the family of the Lord. (Galatians 4:6-7, John 3:1-3, I Peter 2:2, Galatians 3:26-27)
We are more sinful than we can possibly understand or imagine,
and we are more forgiven and loved than we will ever deserve or can ever hope for.
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Acts 13:17-41 (ESV)
17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. 18 And for about forty years he put up with[a]them in the wilderness. 19 And after destroyingseven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges untilSamuel the prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ 23 Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.24 Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus it is written in the second Psalm,
“‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’
34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,
“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,
“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’
36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. 38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this manforgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him everyone who believes is freed[c] from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
41 “‘Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’”