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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FINDING YOUR MISSING PEACE

Matthew 5:9

"Happy are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God."

1. Misconceptions about Peacemaking

* It's not AVOIDING

* It's not APPEASEMENT

2. Why be a Peacemaker?

Because unresolved conflict:

* Blocks my FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD I John 4:20-21, 1:3-4

* Prevents ANSWERED PRAYERS I Peter 3:7

* Hinders my HAPPINESS

"You are only hurting yourself with your anger." Job 18:4 (LB)

3. How to Become a Peacemaker

P.E.A.C.E.

Plan PEACE POW-WOW

"If . . . you remember your brother has something against you . . . go at once to make peace . . ." Matt 5:23-24 (GN)

Empathize WITH THEIR FEELINGS

"None of you should think only of his own affairs, but consider other people's interests also." Phil 2:4 (Ph)

Attack PROBLEM NOT THE PERSON

"A gentle answer quiets anger but a harsh one stirs it up." Prov. 15:1 (GN)

"Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed. . . " Eph. 4:29 (GN)

Cooperate AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

"Do everything possible on your part, to live at peace with all men." Rom 12:18 (GN)

". . . Peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness."

James 3:17 (LB)

Emphasize RECONCILIATION NOT RESOLUTION

". . . God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gives us the ministry of

reconciliation." 2 Cor. 5:18

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." Col 3:15