“New Life With Christ” is a clear explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel, which means good news, is the starting point and central message of Biblical Christianity. Many believe that Jesus and the Bible teach us to take our current life and work hard to be good, loving, moral, and religious people. Contrary to this popular view, Jesus and the Bible actually show us the way– through the Gospel– to an entirely new life in Christ. That is God’s offer to us and that is what this message is about.
1. God gave us life to know and worship Him.
Revelation 4:11 says “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory, honor, and power, for you created all things”. The gospel starts with God. He is the creator, owner, and ruler of all things. We were made by God for his purposes and our lives are accountable to His standards. He is loving, holy (set apart), just, and Spirit. All creation is intended to bring glory and honor to Him. But when we look at the world and even at our own lives, we see there is a big difference between the way God created things to be and the way things really are. Why is life not how He created it to be?
2. We have sinned, separating us from God.
Romans 3:23 and 6:23 say, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God… the wages of sin is death”. Sin simply means missing the mark of God’s will. Sin tragically separates people from God and from one another. Consciously or unconsciously, everyone attempts to remedy his or her inner restlessness, which is created by sin. People do this either through religious moralism or through irreligion and immorality, but both ultimately fail. Sin leads to death and judgment. There is undoubtedly a ring of truth to this Biblical description of the human predicament. However, this all seems so hopeless and should leave us asking, How can anyone be saved from this situation?
3. God sent Jesus to save us by dying for our sins.
Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were sinners, Christ died for us”. Jesus is God’s one and only son that bridged the separation between us and God on the cross. Jesus was fully God and fully man and acted as a substitute in our place for our sin. God accepted Jesus’ death as payment in full for our sins and raised him from the dead. Jesus is alive and offers new life. He is resurrected. This is what New Life with Christ is all about! This is great news. Does the Bible give any guidance regarding how we should respond to this great news of the Gospel? In other words, What must I do to receive this salvation?
4. Turn from sin, believe in Jesus, and God will save you.
John 5:24 says, “Whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life”. The Gospel calls for a particular response of repentance and faith. Along with these responses come the promises of salvation. By coming to the cross in repentance and faith we cross over from death to life and we are restored to a right relationship with God and one another. Repentance is confessing and turning from our sin and believing and relying in Jesus Christ. We are called to be His disciples and follow Him as our Lord. What is your response to the invitation of the gospel?
Decline or Accept.
Not quite ready to accept? Then commit to reflect on this conversation and read the gospel of Mark. However, if you are ready, then genuinely turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus Christ TODAY.
Optional prayer to help express the heart of your commitment to Jesus:
I know I am not worthy to be accepted by you. I am guilty of rebelling against you and I need your forgiveness. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for me on the cross. Thank you for raising Jesus from the dead to give me new life. Please forgive me and change me that I may live with Jesus as my Lord. -Amen.
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