THE GOOD NEWS

THE BEGINNING

The complexity of creation and the vast universe clearly show that we have a Creator. God, our Creator, has always existed. He has no beginning and no end. He simply spoke and created the world and the universe that we live in. (Romans 1:20 & Genesis 1)

WHO IS GOD?
The Bible says that God alone is holy and righteous. Everything God does is right. Unlike us, God never does wrong. 

God has given each of us a free will. He did not make us like robots to automatically love and obey him. At times, all of us have known what is right and done what is wrong. The Bible calls this sin. (Romans 3:23)

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QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

Have you ever lied—even once?
Stolen something?
Ever had lustful thoughts?
Envied? Hated someone? 

Ever used God’s name as a cuss word?

THE BAD NEWS:

Once you die, you will stand before God and give account for everything you have done:
– every thought
– every word
– every action
– every hidden thing
Those who are right with God will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Those who die in their sin will be punished for eternity in hell. (Romans 14:10-12, John 5:24, & Psalms 9:17).

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QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

If God judged you today, according to what you have done, would you be innocent or guilty?
If you are guilty before a just God, should you go to heaven or hell?

Because God is a good judge, sin can’t be swept under the rug. Whenever we sin, God says that justice must be done. We deserve to pay for our sin.

THE GOOD NEWS:

Motivated by love, God sent his Son, Jesus, to the world to become a man. Jesus lived a perfect (sinless) life and voluntarily died on the cross to pay for your sins—taking the punishment you deserve. Three days later, Jesus rose to life again, conquering sin and death. (1 Peter 3:18 & Romans 5:8)

Jesus Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice and allows God to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him.

ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

WE CAN’T EARN OUR WAY TO HEAVEN

The Bible says the that even our best attempts of being “good” are like filthy rags to God.  We are completely incapable of earning God’s grace.

When you work for someone, they owe you a wage. Unlike a gift, which is freely given and never owed. God’s grace is a gift, freely given from the overflow of His love and goodness.
You can’t work for it.
You can’t earn it.

Therefore, God’s grace must be received through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
  1. Admit that you have broken God’s laws and deserve to be punished. And that you are totally incapable of saving yourself and are destined for hell.
  2. Acknowledge Jesus as Lord. This means that, with God’s help, you must turn your heart away from wrong things (sin) and turn your heart toward God, deciding to surrender your heart to Him and submitting to His will. Instead of being “the lord” of your own life, you decide to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  3. Believe that Jesus, God’s son, died on the cross and rose again, taking the punishment you deserve for your sins. This belief, or faith, comes from a deep confidence within your heart: choosing to place all of your trust in Jesus alone for salvation, that He is the only way to God.
    (Romans 10:9-10, Romans 5:1, Romans 8:1-2, Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 1:13-14)

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I BELIEVE?

Your sins are forgiven – Colossians 2:14-15
You become a child of God – John 1:12-13
You receive the Holy Spirit – Ephesians 1:13-14
You pass from death to life – John 5:24
You have the hope of heaven – Colossians 1:4-5
You are eternally secure  – John 10:28-20
Nothing can separate you from God’s love – Romans 8:38-39