The Gospel – Illustrated

The word “Gospel” means good news and the good news is:  God Offers Salvation Providing Eternal Life

1. God loves you, He created you, and He has a divine plan for your life.

The Bible says, “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” (John 3:16).

The key word in this verse is “believes”. Most people believe in Jesus, they believe He existed the same way George Washington and Abraham Lincoln existed. The word “believes” means more than to know something; biblically it means “to place trust in” as in to trust in and commit one’s life to God.

ILLUSTRATION – Satan Believed:

Satan was an eyewitness; he was there at Jesus’ birth, death, burial,   and resurrection. Satan believes, but he refuses to commit his life to God, he refused to make Jesus Lord & Savior. [see Matthew 4:1-11]

God not only wants to give us eternal life, He wants us to have a full   and meaningful life here on earth: Jesus said: I came that they may have life, and might have it abundantly [that it may be full and meaningful] (John 10:10)

The Abundant Life Explained: It’s a life filled with: love, joy, peace,       patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-             control.

Gal 5:22-23                                                                                                                         But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (NIV)

What keeps us from living the “abundant life” God has created us for?

2. Man is sinful and separated from God; therefore, he cannot know and experience  God’s love and plan for his life. 

The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”               (Romans 3:23)

The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” [separation from God]             (Romans 6:23)

Sin Defined:

When we think of sin, many times we think only of robbery, murder,   adultery, etc. But the Bible tells us that sin is anything that violates     His standards. Anything we do that we shouldn’t, like lying or stealing – these are sins of commission. Anything we should do but don’t, like  failing to pray or read the Bible, or to truly love our neighbor- these   are sins of omission. There are not only sins in deed but also sins in word and thought like lying, cursing, lust, pride, and hatred. The Bible says these are all sins. Sin is falling short of the mark, God’s perfect standard.

James 2:10
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (NIV)

ILLUSTRATION – Three Sins a Day Illustration:

Suppose a person sinned only three times a day. Why, he would           practically be an angel! Imagine if no more often than three times a     day did he think unkind thoughts, or lie, or fail to do what he ought towards God and man he would be a pretty fine person, would he  not? Even if he were this good, he would still have over 1,000   transgressions a year! If he lived to be the average age of 70, he  would have 70,000 violations of the Law of God on his records.  Think what would happen to a habitual offender in a criminal court with 70,000 transgressions on his record!

ILLUSTRATION – Omelet with Bad Egg Illustration:

If you were to prepare an omelet with five good eggs and one rotten egg, you couldn’t serve it to company and expect it to be acceptable. Even less can we serve up our lives to God, which may have many things in them that men would call good, and yet are filled with deeds and thoughts that are rotten, and expect them to be acceptable to God. Scripture says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). If we want to get to heaven by our good works, then all we have to do is be perfect. God’s standard is complete obedience to Him for all time. We all fall short of this.

God is Holy, which means that He is perfect, and therefore will not allow imperfection (sin) in heaven. Based on the fact that all have sinned and God will not allow sin into heaven, we have a problem.

3. God solved that problem through His One and only Son, Jesus. Through Him we can  know and experience God’s love and plan     for our lives.

The Bible says, “God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that           while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

The Bible Says, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for       the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Pet 3:18)

The Bible says Jesus is the Only Way to God.

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6)

Notice that Jesus said I am THE way, not a way, I am THE truth, not a truth, I am THE life, not a life.

The Bible says: “Salvation is found in no one else (Jesus), for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

The Bible tells us that Salvation/Heaven is a gift.

The Bible says, “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

In this verse there are a few words that aren’t commonly               used, grace and faith.

The word grace means receiving what we don’t deserve (Heaven). Another way of remembering what grace is is the way it’s spelled: 

G – God’s
R – Riches
A – At
C – Christ’s
E – Expense

God’s Riches: heaven and a full meaningful life here on earth. At Christ’s expense: the fact that He left the glories of heaven to live as a man and die in our place.

ILLUSTRATION: A Friends Gift:

No amount of personal effort, good works or religious deeds can earn a place in heaven for you because eternal life, like any genuine gift, is free. Suppose your best friend (wife, husband, mother, etc) were to surprise you with an expensive gift and let’s suppose your response would be that of immediately digging into your purse or wallet for a couple of bills to help pay for the gift, how do you think that person would feel? What an insult that would be, you must accept gifts freely. If you pay even a penny, it is no longer a gift it is the same with eternal life.

We receive Christ through faith. A good way to understand           saving faith is by the way it’s spelled:

F – Forsaking
A – All
I – I
T – Trust
H – Him

I’m not trusting the fact that I’m a good person, I’m not trusting that I was born into a Christian family, I’m not trusting my church attendance, I’m not trusting the fact that I read the Bible, and I’m not trusting my good works. I’m trusting in the fact that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins, and through faith I have been restored (redeemed) back to God. I am no longer separated from God.

4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ  as our Savior and Lord; then we can know  and experience God’s love and plan for our  lives. 

The Bible says, “As many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

We receive Christ by turning from self and sin, turning to God         (a.k.a. repentance), and personally inviting Christ to come into       our lives as Savior and Lord.

Lord (Master – giving Jesus full control over one’s life)

The Bible says, “But unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish.”        (Luke 13:3b)

Illustration – Repentance:

If we were driving down the street and I asked you to turn I would be asking you to change directions. That’s what it means to repent.

The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”  (Romans 10:9).

Saved means that you are saved from the penalty of sin (eternal           separation from God) and given eternal life with God.

Jesus said: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears  My voice and opens the door, I will come into him…” (Revelation 3:20)

Notice that Jesus is standing there waiting for you to invite Him into your life. He’s not forcing His way into your life, but waiting for you to invite Him in.

If you have been misled or believed a misperception about what it takes to get right with God, now is the time to commit your life to Jesus as Savior and Lord.

You Can Receive Jesus Right Now By Faith Through Prayer             (talking to  God).

ABC’s of Salvation:
A – Acknowledge your sin.
B – Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ.
C – Commit your life to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, separated from you. I believe You died for my sins, and I commit my life to You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person You created me to be.”

If you have committed your life to Jesus as Savior and Lord you have just begun an awesome eternal journey with God.  Please click here to let us know about your decision so we can help you get started.

If you have not committed your life to Jesus as Savior and Lord  and you have questions please click here.

NOW WHAT?

It is vitally important for you to commit yourself to a community of Bible believing people who will love you and care for you, and who will commit themselves to helping you grow in your relationship to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

First, if you have not contacted us to let us know about your decision to follow Jesus, please do so by clicking here.

 Second, daily commit yourself in prayer and study of God’s awesome life changing Word. Please click here.

Third, find a Bible believing church that can help you learn the foundations for living the wonderful abundant life in Christ. Please click here for help in finding a church.

The Bible says, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2)

The Bible says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
If you have questions or want to learn more about God please click here.

Click here to go to the Home Page