The Promise is for You
THE BIGGEST QUESTION
THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS
JESUS: SAVIOR OF AMERICA
“For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
– Acts 2:39
WHO IS GOD?
The Bible gives the answer in Isaiah 40:28 saying, "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable." God is the all-powerful Creator of the universe. God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all. He created the heavens, the earth, and all that exists within them. Gos is altogether good and loving, yet perfectly holy and just. As Creator, Gos has determined what is good and what is evil, and He has the authority to judge His creation. He has determined that those who sin against Him will be judged, and the punishment for sin is eternal separation from His goodness. He is a righteous God who can allow nothing unholy to be in His presence. We can see through Scripture that God's ultimate goal is to draw people to Himself so that they might know and worship Him.
WHO IS MAN?
Man is all of us. We are the pinnacle of God’s creation, created in His image. God requires us to keep His standards of holiness, but we have all put other gods before the true God, worshipped idols, used His name in vain, committed murder and adultery in our hearts, and stolen and lied throughout our lives. This is human nature; we are all sinners and, therefore, guilty before God. Eventually, we will all die, and each of us will face a holy God and be declared “guilty” because of our wrongs against Him. The Bible says in Romans 3:23–24, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
WHO IS JESUS?
Jesus, the Son of God, Savior and Mediator, made a way for us to be made righteous before God. Motivated by God’s great love for man, Jesus was born into this world, lived the sinless, perfect life we could not live, and took the punishment for our sins on the cross. He then rose from the dead, conquering the power of sin. Through faith in His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus made reconciliation with God possible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” - John 3:16 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” - Acts 4:12
WHAT IS OUR RESPONSE?
Our response to the good news of Jesus can only be repentance and belief. Repentance is turning away from sin and believing in Jesus. Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” - Mark 1:15 “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” - Romans 10:9 Remember, God is a righteous judge. We are either adopted as children of God through faith in Jesus, or God’s wrath remains upon us as disobedient people. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” - John 3:36
How can I get right with God today?
Recognize that you are a sinner.
“Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” – Ecclesiastes 7:20
Realize Jesus died on the cross for you.
“God demonstrates his own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
Repent, turn from your sins, and believe.
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away.” – Acts 3:19 “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13
Rejoice, and live a changed life.
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” – John 15:11 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Why should I read the Bible?
1. Because it is God-breathed.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God…” – 2 Timothy 3:16
2. Because it is truth.
In a world that tells us truth is whatever we want it to be for ourselves, Jesus reminds us in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
3. Because we are told to meditate on it.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night…” – Joshua 1:8
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