The Good News
Have You Heard of the Four Spiritual Laws?
Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe,
there are spiritual laws that govern your relationship with God.
- LAW 1: God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
God's Love: "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish
but have eternal life." John 3:16
God's Plan: [Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abuntantly"
[that it might be full and meaningful.] John 10:10
Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? Because. . .
- LAW 2: Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.
Man is Sinful: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own
independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive
indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man is Separated: "The wages of sin is death." [spiritual separation from God] Romans 6:23 God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. Man is continually trying to reach God and
abundant life through his own efforts, such as good life, philosophy, or religion--but he inevitably fails.
The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf. . .
LAW 3: Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.
He Died In Our Place: "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
He Rose From The Dead: "Christ died for our sins. . . He was buried. . . He was raised on third day, according to the Scripture. . . He appeared
to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred. . ." I Corinthians 15:3-6
He Is the Only Way to God: "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'" John 14:6
God has bridged the gulf that separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for sins.
It is not enough just to know these three law. . .
LAW 4: We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ: "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." John 1:12
We Receive Christ Through Faith: "By grace you have been saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth: John 3:1-8
We Receive Christ Through Personal Invitation: [Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come to him." Revelation 3:20
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be.
It is not enough to just agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins. It is not enough to have an emotional experience.
We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.
You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer
(Prayer is talking with God.)
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
The following is a suggested prayer:
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You
for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised. Romans 10:9 tells us "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised
Him from the dead, you will be saved."
How to Know That Christ Is in Your Life: Did you receive Christ into your life? Revelation 3:20 tells us "Behold, I (Christ) stand at the door
if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me."
Where is Christ right now in relation to you?
Christ said He would come into your life. He would never mislead you.
On what authority do you know God has answered your prayer?
You have the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.
The Bible Promises Eternal Life to All Who Receive Christ: "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does
the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know
that you have eternal life." I John 5:11-13
Thank God often that Christ is in your life and that He will never leave (Hebrews 13:5). You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and that you have
eternal life from the very moment you invite Him in. He will not deceive you.
An important reminder. . .
Do Not Depend on Feelings: The promises of the Bible, which is God's Word, are our authority, not our feelings. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness
of God Himself and His Word.
The moment you received Christ by faith, as an act of the will, many things happened, including the following:
- Christ came into your life. Revelations 3:20, Colossians 1:27
- Your sins were forgiven. Colossians 1:14
- You became a child of God. John 1:12
- You received eternal life. John 5:24
- You began the great adventure for which God created you. John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; I Thessalonians 5:18
Can you think of anything more wonderful that could happen to you than receiving Christ?
Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has
done for you?
By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.
Suggestions for Christian Growth
G Go to God in prayer daily. John 15:7
R Read God's Word daily. Act 17:11 (Begin with the Gospel of John).
O Obey God moment by moment by moment. John 14:21
W Witness for Christ by your life and words. Matthew 4:19, John 15:8
T Trust God for every detail of your life. I Peter 5:7
H Holy Spirit--allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness. Galatians 5:16, 17; Acts 1:8.
Fellowship in a Good Church: God's Word instructs us not to forsake "the assembling of ourselves together." Hebrews 10:25. Several logs burn brightly together,
but put one aside on the cold hearth and the fire goes out. So it is with your relationship with other Christians.
If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. Take the initiative and visit a church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached.
Start this week and make plans to attend regularly!
If you have questions or need more info, please contact Pastor Dan at email@example.com.