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

 

 

 

 

 

        

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Testimony from Shelly Anway

The Power of Prayer

Far too many of us lately have felt the effects of this dreadful virus that has swept through our church, our community and our country.  Chances are, every person here has been affected somehow.  My family has certainly not been immune, and the Delta Virus swept through our home with a vengeance a month ago.  We are still in recovery mode.  Recovery.  That is not a word I take lightly anymore and the time has come for our church family to know how instrumental they have been in our recovery process. 

At the time I was admitted to the hospital on June 29th, my oxygen level was 65%, I had a fever and had not been able to keep food or water down for over a week.  I tested positive for the Delta Variant and the label the doctor’s put on my condition was “Covid Pneumonia”.   I was put in a room that strongly resembled the “clean room” from the movie ET, and everything was locked down with few people allowed to enter.  The doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists were all in Haz Met gear from head to toe, to the point where sometimes it was difficult to tell if they were male or female.  I had multiple IV’s, heart monitor and the ever- present oxygen that was my constant companion.  At one point I was receiving a round-the-clock feed of 40 liters, which lasted three days before they were able to start lowering the feed. 

In this type of environment, it would be so easy to be frightened, depressed, and feel completely closed off from the rest of the world.  But my experience was different.  I was receiving texts and Facebook messages daily from my family telling me how many people were praying for me.  When I say the word family, I don’t’ just mean people with the same last name as mine.  When I say family, I am including all of you.  Each time I received one of those messages, it encouraged me and lifted my spirits.  I was absolutely amazed at the number of people who were praying in agreement that I would improve and eventually recover. There were so many of you, that I began to believe it myself. There were times when I could actually feel your prayers, as if you were gently touching my hand.  Many of you delivered food to my family at home, and kept in touch with them to ensure that they were well cared for while they were recovering at home.  There simply aren’t big enough words to express how thankful I am that they received so much love and support from our New Life Family.

To God be all the glory for my recovery.  To you….my church family, may you realize the important role you played.  You prayed me home.