1. Why do we need God?
Many people lead lives that leave no room for God. You may be one of them. You think, "I've done fine on my own. I have a great life, a great job, wonderful family, nice car, cool clothes, etc." But deep down inside there is a void that no earthly thing can fill--not a relationship, money, health or material things. How many times have you accomplished a goal only to find yourself thinking, "What now?"
The one true God of the universe created you as an eternal being. That's why everyone will always feel dissatisfied once they've attained something they have been working towards. God has a purpose for your life, but until you know Who God is, how will you fulfill that? Do you know God?
Sadly enough, most of us know very little about God and His great love for us.
For most of us, the little we actually do know about God, we have only heard from others, others that may not truly know God themselves. How often do we hear leaders and or the media refer to God in disrespectful ways?
How often do people act like they know God, but they do not?
Look at what the Holy Bible says about some who claim to know God, but do not, "They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him..." Titus 1:16
Instead of the world looking to God for answers, we continue to stumble our way through life.
Governments are in disarray as they seek answers to today's problems with mere temporary solutions instead of relying on the power of God. And the church is often in its own world asleep, or dealing with its own challenges.
We look to this world for solutions that can only be answered by God.
Most people are in despair and or dealing with apathy.
As the world changes daily, we are left with more questions than ever before. How often do we feel powerless like there is no hope? Yet in all of this chaos, there is one thing that never changes, the One who has all the answers to this world's problems- it is God and His written Holy Word, the Holy Bible.
So, how much do you really know about God?
Is the God you know an unapproachable and or condemning God? Is the God you know a stranger or your friend? Do you know God as loving, full of mercy and full of grace? Are you filled with lasting inner peace and understanding, or do you walk around with many questions? Maybe you are carrying the weight of your guilt over mistakes you have made in the past? Maybe you feel God has wronged you somehow. Or maybe you are simply too tired to even think about God.
We have questions that simply cannot be answered with the things of this world, yet we stubbornly continue to seek answers from this world.
Have you ever wondered why there is so much pain and suffering in our world, or why there is little hope? Have you ever asked yourself, what is my purpose in life? If I was to die today, where would I go? Does anyone really care? The answer to these questions are all in the Bible. There is a hope, there is a promise and there is an answer. And the answer is found in Jesus Christ.
What do we know about God, about the One who wrote the Holy Bible?
In the Holy Bible, in the book of John 1:1-4, God says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men."
Guess who God was speaking about? He was speaking about Jesus.
God's Word calls us to be perfect, and yet no one in this world is perfect.
To go on further with this reading, it is helpful to know a few things about God and ourselves. Now this may be difficult to read, but are you aware that everyone is born with a sin nature, and God does not like any sin? Are you aware that according to the Bible, we have all sinned and all fall short of God's glory?
Do you know that our sins actually keep us away from a Holy and Righteous God and also from experiencing God's full blessings? Blessings that He so freely wants to give us. Because our sins separate us from God, we often think He is not really there and does not really listen to us or love us. Have you ever felt like that?
There is both "Bad News" and "Good News" in the Bible. But before we can value the "Good News" in the Bible, we must first understand the consequence of the "Bad News"
This may again be difficult to hear, but the Bible states that the punishment of any sin is eternal Hell. Without God's forgiveness of our sins there is only separation, condemnation, judgment, wrath and Hell. This is the "Bad News", but rest assured there is also the "Good News" to come.
The "Bad News", is that without God's forgiveness there is no Heaven.
Whether a small sin like a lie, or a larger sin like murder, all sin is viewed and punishable the same way by God. On Judgment day all sin is punishable with eternal life in Hell. What could possibly be worse than that? "But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God "will give to each person according to what he has done". Romans 2:5-6 Now that you have heard the "Bad News...
Here is the best news of all- getting right with God is about grace and grace alone through faith in Jesus and what he did on the cross.
And grace is about getting something we do not deserve!
2. Who is good enough?
You may be thinking, 'I am a good person, I haven't killed anyone.' You may not have killed anyone, but the Bible states that if you have ever lied you are in trouble like a murderer. How many of us are really 100% good like God calls us to be?
We often think of ourselves as certainly doing more good things than bad. Yet the challenge we find when we read the Bible is that God calls us to be perfect, and who is?
How many people do you know that are perfect?
Even as good as some are, who has ever obeyed all of the 10 commandments,at all times? Look what Jesus said to this rich young ruler. "As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No-one is good-- except God alone. You know the commandments: `Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'" Mark 10:17 And those were just 6 out of 10 commandments.
We all have sinned. (Romans 3:23)
How often do we place other things before God? That's the first commandment! How often do we use God's name in vain? How often do we exaggerate things just a little to make a point? How often have we withheld the entire truth from a certain matter? How often have we taken something that truly does not belong to us? How often do we become our own judge? How about being jealous of something your friend has or has done? The list goes on and on. "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." 1 John 1:8-9
The Holy Bible tells us no one can earn or buy their way into heaven by doing good things.
Did you know the Holy Bible clearly states that good "moral" people will not get into heaven?
The Bible clearly says that you cannot earn your way into heaven by doing good, or by keeping score of the good things you have done.
You simply cannot work your way to heaven. Do you know that simply going to church or a Christian school will not make you right with God, will not save you from Hell? Now that you have heard the bad news, here is the best news of all. Getting right with God is about the grace, grace that comes through faith! "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no-one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10
3. God's solution to our sin
The "Good News" is that there is a permanent, God-given solution to our sin problem, and that solution is Jesus! You see, Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins on the cross. The actual payment that God required from us was paid for us, by Jesus.
The actual payment that God required from us was paid for us, by Jesus.
The Bible says that God will forgive those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Personal Lord and Savior. This simple task along with asking God to forgive us of our sins, keeps us from God's wrath, the wrath that we rightfully deserve for our sins. God showed His mercy and love in giving us His one and only son as a sacrifice for us! The Bible tells us that there is only one God and only one way to God. "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6. That means Jesus is the only way to get right with God. Through Jesus, God forgives 100% of our past, present and even our future sins, making us right with Him. All of this is possible by placing our faith and trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
In John 3:16, the Bible speaks about Jesus Christ as our only Lord and Savior and the only true effective way to get right with God.
"For 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"
What God can love us so much, and care for us so much that He would send His own son to be sacrificed in our place? What God demonstrates His Holy and Righteous mighty power by loving us with His never ending love, mercy, and grace? God says, come as you are and I will take your burdens and wash you clean forever!
4. Got Jesus? Get saved!
Do you want to be saved? God will meet you where you are. He is faithful.
By asking God to forgive your sins and by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (instead of the things of this world), you can be cleansed from your past, present, and future sins and receive eternal life (instead of hell). Yes, you can be made right with God and forgiven by just believing in the gift that God gave us- Jesus!
The gift of Jesus is the gift of grace, provided through the atoning sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, on the cross.
If you would like God's solution to your sin problem and if you want purpose and peace then you can receive Jesus right now (right where you are) by simply praying this life changing prayer below:
"Dear God, I turn away from my sins and ask you to forgive me. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus is your Son. I believe that He died and rose from the dead as the final atoning sacrifice for my sins, that I may have eternal life through Him. Jesus, I ask you into my life as my Lord and Savior forever. In Jesus name, Amen!
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
If you have prayed this life changing prayer and believe in your heart, that Jesus Christ died and rose from the cross for your sins, you are saved! Yes, you are born again and a new creation! The old is gone, the new is forever! "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17. Congratulations! Many things happen immediately when you are saved. You are a new creation when you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ (instead of this world).
Congratulations!! Many wonderful things begin to happen when you give your life to Jesus. To name a few:
1) You are washed clean of sin and made righteous with God forever, giving you the assurance of your salvation!
2) The Holy Spirit dwells in your heart forever giving you direction and discernment in life.
3) You are given access to a Holy and Righteous God, through prayer, through Jesus.
Again, If you have just given your heart to Jesus, congratulations! Amen!
You can begin by thanking God and praising Him for His love for you and for saving you right now. Because you are now saved, you need to learn more about this God who just saved you, who loves you more than anyone else can, and who will never leave you nor forsake you. "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged" Deuteronomy 31:8
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The work God has now begun in your life will never stop even if you mess up a million times!
Jesus allows you to ask for forgiveness and approach God's throne of grace. "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" Philippians 1:6
Please also know that being a born again believer does not make you perfect, that is why God gives us Jesus. Believers are people saved by the atoning work of the cross which is a great miracle, but understand that believers are also a work in progress. Believers are always under construction and also under grace!
Being saved from our sins is not a license to sin.
The same Holy Spirit that sealed your soul when you gave your live to Jesus and now dwells in your heart for eternity to bless you is the very same Holy Spirit that grieves when we sin. "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:30 When we sin, we create a distance that moves us further away from God.
God saved you because he has great plans for you!
God wants you to seek Him so He can show Himself to you. To show you the wonderful plans He has for your new life. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "..." Jeremiah 29:11-14
5. After accepting Jesus
You have the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit.
Once you give your life to Jesus, you are a born again Christian. Born again believers are filled and marked with God's Holy Spirit forever. "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit." Ephesians 1:13 "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you." John 14:16-17. What a promise! But it doesn't stop there...
Here are more of God's promises to Christians:
Assurance of Salvation. "... God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life... 1 John 5:11-12
Assurance of Answered Prayer. "...Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete... John 16:24
Assurance of Victory, over Temptation. "...No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it... 1 Corinthians 10:13
Assurance of Forgiveness. "...If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness..." 1 John 1:9
God will never leave you. "... Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you..." Hebrews 13:5
God created you and has great plans for you. "...For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..." Jeremiah 29:11
Be aware that the Christian life is not a bed of roses.
Christians have an enemy, and it's Satan. He is known by many names in the Bible: father of lies, the enemy, the deceiver, the tempter just to name a few. Satan uses many tactics to attack a Christian especially if they are new believers. He can attack by bringing on discouragement, temptation or persecution. Do not be discouraged when things go crazy and some people even get upset with you because you've become a Christian. The Bible says "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." Matthew 5:11 When you first give your life to Christ, Satan will try to disctract you and move you away from God when trials come your way. "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." 1 Corinthinans 10:13
Begin reading and studying the Bible.
As Christians we have a defense against the enemy--it's God's Word! "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" Ephesians 6:17. The Bible is divided into two parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament. It consists of 66 books written by 42 authors over the span of about 1600 years. Yet it is a book that is cohesive in its message from beginning to end: God loves you and wants you to have a relationship with Him. Consider it God's love letter to His followers. Don't be discouraged if you think that reading the Bible is difficult or that you won't understand it, because God's Word is divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit: "All scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2Timothy 3:16. God's Holy Spirit will guide you into understanding Scripture. A good book to begin with is the Gospel of John in the New Testament. Although there are four books that are written about the gospel (good news of Jesus Christ), the book of John is highly recommended for new believers for its emphasis on Jesus as both God and man.
Join a weekly Bible Study.
Reading the Bible on your own and/or learning about God once a week at church is great but will not be enough to grow in your Christian faith. Check to see if your church has a weekly Bible study and sign up. If they don't, consider joining an excellent weekly non- denominational Bible study called "Bible Study Fellowship International" https://www.bsfinternational.org/
A weekly Bible study is essential to your growth as a new Christian. At BSF International they will also be able to direct you to a good Bible teaching church if you don't already attend one. Learning God's Word and purpose for your life will be extremely beneficial and will help you bear fruit for God.
6. What about church?
Attending church and belonging to a church are two different things. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ it is important that you belong to a group of believers. Why? As with any "team", it is only effective when it is banded together as one unit. A Christian on their own will not be as effective for God compared to a Christian within a body of believers. Chrsitians need to be held accountable to one another and that can't be done outside of a church. So, don't just attend a church--belong to one, get involved and serve Christ with the gifts He's blessed you with.
Ask God in prayer right now to lead and direct you to a good Bible teaching church as you begin your relationship with Jesus.
Finding a good bible teaching church that will feed you spiritually is not easy. Not all churches actually preach the gospel and teach from the Holy Bible like they should, therefore leaving you spiritually hungry. If you do not understand things while at your church, Or if Jesus Christ is not preached at every service, you are most likely at the wrong church.
Go and find a church where Jesus Christ is preached every week!
We recommend you look and compare at least 3 large national church organizations, churches that are equipped for the new believer. These churches organizations are:
Calvary Chapel http://www.calvarychapel.com/
Sovereign Grace http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/
IFCA International http://ifca.org/
Even though we recommend these church organizations, we realize there are many more good churches out there, yet we trust you
will check each particular church individually. Like anything in life, the quality of the individual church can vary and will depend on the leadership of the particular church. Below are some questions designed to confirm you are at the right church. The list of
questions below were developed by "The Way Of The Mater" ministry.
How to find a good Bible teaching church
Looking for a good church? Join the club. Church-shopping can be a long and painful process. To shorten your search, call the
pastor of the church before you visit and ask the following questions. This might save you a lot of Sundays.
- What is man's biggest problem, sin or self esteem? Seeker sensitive and felt-needs churches focus on man's hurts and problems. The Bible says that mans biggest problem is sin.
- What must a man do to inherit eternal life? Repent and trust is the Biblical answer. If the word repent is never used, say "Thank you."
- How do you deliver the salvation message? Ask the pastor to describe specifically what he says. Does he encourage people to simply say a prayer? Does he tell people to ask Jesus into their hearts? The salvation message should include: God's holiness, man's sinfulness, God's response (hell), God's kindness (Jesus on a cross), man's response (repentance and faith).
- How hard is it to become a Christian? The formula is simple, doing it is not. It is not easy to believe.
- How often do you talk about sin, righteousness and judgment? Balance is key. This should not be the only emphasis, but it should be a regular emphasis.
- How seeker sensitive is your church? It is o.k. For a church to be seeker aware but seeker sensitive means that they lean toward seekers and not the saved.
- Who do you do church for, seekers or members? Both is not acceptable. Church should be done for members and the unsaved are welcome to attend.
- Do you dumb down your sermons? If he says yes, he is probably not trying to wean his members from milk to meat. Answers like, We try to make our sermons accessible to everyone are sermons that are not meaty.
- What is your mixture of topical vs. expository preaching? Topical preaching is fine, but if a pastor never or rarely preaches expositionally (verse by verse), then you are going to be learning from the pastor and not God's Word.
- Do your sermons emphasize theology or are they just relevant? Everyone should say their sermons are relevant, what you are looking for is if they teach theology.
- Describe your youth programs. If fun and games is the major (and usually first) emphasis, you have a youth program that is trying to compete with MTV.
- Describe your evangelism programs. Don't just accept, we have an evangelism committee. Dig. Are they serious about saving souls?
- What church growth model do you follow? Hopefully they don't have one. Churches should be reaching out to the lost, but churches that are plugged into new church growth models tend to follow man's modern ideas rather than the Bible.
- How much do you give to missions and the hungry? Again, this reveals the heart of the church. While most churches give to missions, many never consider the poor.
- Do you believe the Bible contains no errors or contradictions? No equivocation allowed here.
- Do you believe in a literal 6 day creation? Jesus did (Matt.19:4).
- Do you believe in a literal hell and eternal punishment? Jesus did (Matt.25).
- When you distribute the Lord's Supper, do you emphasize the need to examine yourself? Paul did (I Cor.11:27-32)
- Can a person who is living in a persistent lifestyle of sin inherit eternal life? Sinners can certainly be forgiven, but practicing sinners cannot inherit eternal life (I John3:8,9).
- Does your church exercise church discipline? Paul said we should (I Cor.5).
- Do Sunday school teachers, nursery, and youth volunteers fill out an application to answer questions about their core beliefs and salvation, or are all volunteers accepted because of a lack of volunteers?
- What are the essentials of the faith? Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Salvation through faith alone, the inerrancy of Scripture.
- Do you have a cross in your sanctuary? Many remove it because they fear it will turn off seekers. They should glory in the cross.
You can check everything you are taught against scripture from the Holy Bible.
God wants you to have life and to have it to the fullest! "Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Make sure everything you are taught is accurate and comes from the Holy Bible alone. "...for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." Acts 17:11 The Holy Bible is complete and not lacking. We cannot add anything to it or take away from it.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is usuefl for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." 2 Tim. 3:16
"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the
plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his
share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book." Revelation 22:18-19
7. How should I pray?
Prayer is about how we communicate with God. God loves His children and longs to hear from them frequently. There is no formula to prayer, nor do you have to go through someone else to pray to God. It's simply talking to Him directly as you would your best friend. (1 Tim. 2:5) The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, (1 Thess. 5:17) to pray all the time, where we are, whatever we are doing.
Jesus Himself gave us a model of prayer. He didn't intend it for mindless repetition, but as a guideline. The important thing God wants to hear is what's in your heart:
"This, then is how you should pray:
'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us out debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'" (Matthew 6:9-13)
From the Lord's Prayer we have a model of prayer commonly referred to as A.C.T.S.
An easy way to remember how to pray is by using the acronym A.C.T.S.
So pray and consider it a wonderful privilege to be able to communicate to God, Who loves and cares for you. He knows your needs and desires but yet wants to hear them from you--what an AWESOME God! Once you begin a daily practice of prayer, you will see how God truly cares for you and consequently your love and devotion to Him will grow by leaps and bounds.
- Adoration of God
- Confession of sins
- Thankful for His blessings
- Supplication-prayers for others and yourself
8. Sharing is caring
Why we share the gospel, the "Good News" of Jesus!
We share the "Good News" because the Holy Bible tells us to in the "The Great Commission" "Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus wants us to share His grace with everyone and gave us sense of urgency for those that do not know the Lord. "Do you not say, `Four months more and then the harvest? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." John 4:35
Why share the gospel? Because if we do not share the gospel who will?
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!' But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?" Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:14-17
We are saved by grace to do good works, so we can help others. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no-one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10
9. Good news about the bad news
THE BAD NEWS
Use the "Dear John" letters below to share Jesus with non-believers!
GOD'S WRATH DAY 1
I died today ... It's a lot different than I expected. You see, I always thought dying would bring me into a world of fog and haze. But this place is crystal clear ... it is even more real than life on earth.
I still have a body and can think, talk, and feel. Right now they have me in a line getting registered I guess. John, I am afraid. The attendants around me don't look too happy ... and just on ahead at the front of the line I can see a little sign that says Hades on it.
One thing is for sure ... this is not Heaven……..John ... I'm afraid. Am I going to burn in hell?
Your friend ... Frank
GOD'S WRATH DAY 2
HELP! It's worse than I ever anticipated. I am surrounded by darkness, yet I can still feel the flames. I am dead yet alive. I am in agonizing pain. I am thirsty ... my whole body feels like it is about to explode. Oh John, why can't I die? Why won't God just let me die? But there is hope ... they say there is a Judgment Day coming, where we will stand before God and He will judge our case and lives personally……..Friend, my beloved friend John, I hope you never come here!
I hope no one else will ever have to suffer like this. I am in pain.
Your friend... Frank
GOD'S WRATH DAY 3
Today was Judgment Day. The hope I previously had is now but a distant memory. Now I know nothing but terror awaits me. The flames await to consume my flesh eternally. When my name was called, I went to stand before the Great White Throne. He who sat up on it called for the Book of Life ...as he scanned its pages, I looked at the multitude of angels and believers behind His throne.
Then I couldn't believe what I saw. As I focused my eyes I spotted you among the saints. There you were awaiting eternal bliss while I awaited eternal damnation. You sang songs of joy while I screamed shrieks of terror. Suddenly the voice of the enthroned God caught my attention, "Your name has not been found in the book, therefore I sentence you to burn in the lake of fire forever ... without hope ... without escape." I am terrified as I await my punishment……..I have no hope.
Your friend... Frank
The Day After Judgment Day DAY 4
I can feel my heart pounding in my chest. The angels who have been designated to cast me into the lake of fire are coming down the hallway. I can hear their footsteps. I have heard about this Lake of Fire. They say it is worse than Hades. How can it be? I cannot bear it. The angels are at the door. Oh no ... NO! They are opening it and they are looking at me, John, they are grabbing me and carrying me out of the room! I can already smell the burning flesh. I can see the edge of the cliff where Hell burns! John, this is it! I am without hope! We are coming closer, closer! My heart is bursting with fear. They are holding me out over the edge of Hell ... I am dangling over its flames!
I am damned forever! They have thrown me in!
FIRE! PAIN! HELL! WHY JOHN? WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT JESUS?
THE GOOD NEWS
After sharing the bad news, you can encourage a non-believer that there is hope found in God's grace through His Son Jesus Christ:
GOD'S MERCY & GRACE
Not only can I hear you, but I know everything about you Ps139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up Ps 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways Ps 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered Mat 10:29-31 For you were made in my image Gen 1:27 In me, you live and move and have your being Acts 17:27-28 For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived Jer 1:4-5 I chose you, when I planned creation Eph 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book Ps 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth, and where you would live Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made Ps 139:14 I knit you together in your mother's womb Ps 13:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born Ps 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love 1John4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you 1John 3:1 Simply because you are my child, and I am your Father 1John 3:1 I offer you more than your earthly father ever could Mat7:11 For I am the perfect Father Mat 5:48
Every good gift that you receive, comes from my hand James 1:17 For I am your provider, and I meet all your needs Mat 6:31-33 My plan for your future has always been filled with hope
Jer 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love Jer 31:3 My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore Ps 139:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing Zeph 3:17 I will never stop doing good to you Jer 32:40 For you are my treasured possession. Ex 19:5
I want to show you great and marvelous things Jer 33:3 If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me Deut 4:29 Delight in me, and I will give you the desires of your heart Ps 37:4 For it is I, who gave you those desires Phil 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine Eph 3:20-21 For I am your greatest encourager 2 Thes 2:16-17 And nothing will ever separate you from My love again Rom 8:39-39 I have always been your Father, and will always be your Father Eph 3:14-15
Love, Your Heavenly Daddy
There is a great urgency in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are plenty of areas in our lives we need to improve on, but rather than only focus on what can make us even better believers, we must also realize we need to share the Gospel with others. Others who, because of ignorance will not make a choice for Jesus and therefore spend eternity in hell.
Are you letting your relatives and friends know God provides a solution to hell?
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10. To sum it up...
- We have all sinned (whether a small lie or murder, sin is sin and the penalty is same)
- At death, we are all judged (we will give an account on judgment day for our sins)
- The penalty of all sin is eternal hell (the Lake of Fire is our due penalty, forever)
- God provides man a solution ( God's son Jesus Christ died on the cross in our place)
- The solution is Jesus (Jesus atoning sacrifice on the cross became our sin payment)
- Through Jesus our past, present and future sins are washed away forever
- Why? (God loves us, is merciful and grants us grace through his son Jesus)
- How? (when we repent of our sins, place our faith & trust in Jesus as Lord & Savior)
- When? ( you will be saved immediately, your soul is sealed by the Holy Spirit forever)