Where are You?

Do you feel disconnected from God?

 At some point we all are.  Humanity has a natural desire to be in charge of our own lives and to ignore God’s principles for living. The Bible calls this attitude “sin.”

 “All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, and each of us has turned to his own way.”  Isaiah 53:6

 Sin separates us from God and causes us to live our lives out of His will.

 “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glorious ideal.”  Romans 3:2

It looks like this…                

All the best attempts in the world won’t get you to where you need to be.  Many people say things like: 

  •  “My mother was a Christian, so I am too!” Is salvation by heritage?                 
  • “I’ll work real hard and earn it.”        Is salvation by service?
  • “It doesn’t matter what you believe, just be sincere.”  Is salvation by sincerity?
  • “I’m better than so-and-so.”  Is salvation by comparison?
  • “I’ll give up all my bad habits.” Is salvation by subtraction?
  • “I’ll be religious and go to church.”   Is salvation by religion?

 No, none of these will work.   The Bible teaches us a relationship with God is NOT based on GOOD WORKS or RELIGION.

 “It is by grace you have been saved, though faith – it is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?

  “Jesus said, ‘I AM THE WAY, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except THROUGH ME!’”  John 14:6

 God came to earth as a human being [in Jesus] to bring us back to Himself. If any other way would have worked, Jesus would not have had to come.  “The Way” is through the person of Jesus!

 “The wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Roman 6:23

JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOUR SINS ON THE CROSS!

 “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people.  He is the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5

 Because of Jesus, now we can be reconciled with God.  It looks like this,

           

WHY DID GOD SEND JESUS TO DIE IN YOUR PLACE?

 Because He loves you and wants you to KNOW Him.

 “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

  God has already done His part to restore our relationship to Him. HE TOOK THE INITIATIVE.  NOW HE WAITS FOR EACH OF US to individually ACCEPT what He has done for us.

 Are you ready for Your Next Step?  Go to :

  Darrell

Sources and more information:
 http://www.billygraham.org/specialsections/steps-to-peace/steps-to-peace.asp
 http://www.saddleback.com/resources  (Class 101)
 www.ridgefellowship.com

About dkoop

Lead Pastor of Upwards Church: Leander, Jarrell & Taylor, TX
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