Communicating God’s Message

God LOVES us, We BLEW it, Christ PAID for it, We must RECEIVE HIM.

1.  God. “God loves us.”

God is loving (1 John 4:16b).
God is holy (Isaiah 6:3).
God is just (Psalm 9:16a).

2.  Us. “We blew it.”

Humans became sinful       (Romans 3:23).
We deserve death (Romans 6:23a).
We are spiritually helpless     (Isaiah 64:6a).    

3.  Christ. “Christ paid for it.”

Christ is God, who also became man (Philippians 2:5b–7b).
Christ died as our substitute               (1 Peter 3:18a).
Christ offers his forgiveness as a gift (Ephesians 2:8–9).

4.  You. “We must receive him.”

We must respond (John 1:12).
We receive him by asking Christ to be our forgiver and leader (1 John 1:9, 1 Peter 3:15a).
The result is our spiritual transformation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The Bridge Illustration

Helping Friends Cross the Line of Faith

Five Elements

1.  Approaching the line

2.  Checking READINESS (Three Questions to Assess Readiness)

• Have you come to the point of TRUSTING Christ, or are you still in the process of thinking it through?
• That’s great . . . where would you say you are in that process right now?               
• Is there any reason you wouldn’t want to ask Jesus for his forgiveness and leadership right now?

3.  PROMPTING in prayer

•       Ask for the forgiveness of Christ.
•       Ask for the leadership of Christ.
•       Give thanks for God’s forgiveness and leadership.

4.  Celebrate! Luke 15:10

5.  Point toward next steps.

•       The importance of praying daily
•       The need to regularly read the Bible
•       The importance of right relationships

 

 

 

 

 

        

Add Text Here...

THE ANTIDOTE TO ANXIETY

Matthew 6:11, Philippians 4:6

Philippians 4:6 (LB) "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs."

Matthew 6:11 "This is how you should pray. . . . Give us today our daily bread."

 

1.  ASK FOR GOD’S ASSISTANCE!

"Give us today our daily bread."

". . . You do not have because you do not ask God!"  James 4:2

"God is the source of all life. . ."  Num. 16:32 (GN)

 

God is my source:

*    Source of Wisdom (Ps. 36:9)

*    Source of Strength (Isa. 48:5)

*    Source of Happiness (Ps. 43:4)

*    Source of Hope (Rom. 15:13)

*    Source of Peace (Rom. 15:33)

*    Source of Patience (Hosea 15:5)

*    Source of Salvation (Heb. 5:9)

*    Source of Encouragement (Rom. 15:5)

 

2.  REMEMBER GOD’S RESOURCES!

"Give us today our daily bread."

"God will supply all that you ever need from his glorious resources in Christ Jesus."  Phil. 4:19 (Ph)

(JB) ". . . as lavishly as only God can."

"Don't worry at all about having enough food and clothing . . . . our heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and He will give them to you if you give him first place in your life. . ."  Matt 6:32-33 (LB)

"Since God didn't spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won't he also surely give us everything else?"  Rom. 8:3 (LB)

 

3.  TRUST GOD’S TIMING!

"Give us today our daily bread."

"Don't be anxious about tomorrow.  God will take care of your tomorrow too.  Live one day at a time."  Matt. 6:34 (LB)

(NIV) "Each day has enough trouble of its own!"

"Praise the Lord . . . who DAILY bears our burdens."  Ps. 68:19

 

"If you were asked by your son for bread, would you give him a stone?  How much more likely is it that your heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him?"  Matt. 7:11