Marshall Baptist Association
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Intentional Evangelism

God's Plan For Everyone

 THE FOUR FOUNDATIONAL BLOCKS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
1:  GOD LOVES EVERYONE
  • "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
  • "But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
  • God loves us regardless of who we are, what we have done or our
    social standing. God created us to live in a relationship of love with
    God. We, however, broke that relationship by sin. Still, God continues
    to love us and pursue us. God is like a shepherd who searches the
    countryside for one sheep that gets lost (Luke 15:3-8).
     
 
2:   FROM SIN TO SALVATION          
  • We must admit that we are a sinner. 
  • All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin (James 4:17).
  • If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8).
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  • We must realize that we cannot save ourselves.
  • For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; It is the gift of God - not the results of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
 
  • We must acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Only Savior.
  • Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6)
 
  •  We must Receive Christ by Faith as our Savior.
  • But to all who receive Him, who believe in His name, He gave power to become children of God (John 1:12).
RECEIVING CHRIST is more than believing that Christ was a
real person. It is even more than believing Christ to be the Savior of the
world. We receive Christ as we repent of our sins (that is turn from our sins),
ask Christ to forgive our sins and make Christ the leader of our life. It is
making Christ the "Chairman of the Board," the "Head Coach," the
"Executive Officer" of our life.
 
If you would like to receive Christ as your Savior and Lord, here is a prayer
that you may pray:
    "Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. Forgive me. Come into
    my heart and take control. As evidence of my faith in You, I thank
    you now for giving me salvation. Amen."
3:   GOD'S WORD AND SPIRIT BRING ASSURANCE
         Witness of the Word:
  • Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me (Revelation 3:20).
Jesus makes a promise - that He will come into our lives if we open the door.
Jesus keeps His promises. Having asked Him to be our Savior, we know
He is in our hearts because He said He would be.
OUR ASSURANCE IS NOT BASED ON FEELINGS,
BUT ON JESUS' PROMISES!!
 
          Witness of the Spirit:
  • It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children
  • of God (Romans 8:16)
                                                              
If you desire a greater assurance that Christ is your Savior and Lord, here
is a possible prayer:
    "Lord Jesus, I trust my life to you as my Savior and Lord. On the
    authority of your word I claim the assurance that you have
    forgiven me, and you are now in me. As evidence of my faith in
    you, I thank You now. Amen."
 
4:   LOVE IS THE FRUIT OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
  • Jesus said: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13: 34-35)
  • Paul wrote, "...God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given us" (Romans 5:5)
As we give the control of our lives to the Holy Spirit, He gives us a
heart of love and enables us to express true love in all our relationships.
 
Do you need to give control of your life to the Holy Spirit, so that
you live in the power of His Love? Here is a prayer which you may
want to pray:
    "Lord Jesus, I want your love to dominate my life and to be
    expressed in all my actions and relationships. Fill me with
    your Holy Spirit. Empower me to love as You Loved me.
    As evidence of my faith in you, I thank you now. Amen."
     
     
YOU ARE NOW FREE TO LIVE THE WONDERFUL NEW LIFE
CHRIST HAS FOR YOU!!