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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CONTROLLING MY REACTIONS

Matthew 5:5 "Happy are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."

1. Clearing up the confusion

* What meekness is NOT: WEAKNESS

* What meekness IS STRENGTH UNDER CONTROL

 

2. When do I need to control my reactions?

* When someone serves you ...                             

Be UNDERSTANDING, not DEMANDING.

"Don't just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others too, and in what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same as Jesus Christ's." Phil. 2:4-5 (GN)

* When someone disappoints you ...

Be GENTLE, not JUDGEMENTAL.

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters." Rom 14:1

"If a person is trapped in some sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens." Gal. 6:1-2

* When someone disagrees with you ...

Be TENDER, without SURRENDER.

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

"Wherever there is jealousy or selfish ambition, there will be disorder ... But wisdom from above is pure, powerful, gentle, and friendly." James 3:16-17 (GN)

"The Lord's servant must not quarrel ... those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in hope that God will give them a change of heart ..." 2 Tim. 2:24-25

* When someone corrects you ...

Be TEACHABLE, not UNREACHABLE.

"Let everyone be quick to listen, but slow to use his tongue, and slow to lose his temper." James 1:19 (Ph)

* When someone hurts you ...

Be an ACTOR, not a REACTOR.

"Do not repay evil for evil ... overcome evil with good." Rom 12:17, 21

"He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his own spirit, than he who captures a city." Prov. 16:32

"God's Spirit does not make us timid, instead his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control." 2 Tim.1:7