1. God wants all people to live in a personal relationship with him.1 Timothy 2:3-4 He offers this relationship as His free gift to us. Romans 6:23 We can do nothing to earn or deserve it. Ephesians 2:8-9
  2. We have a serious problem because we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 We are alienated from God, eternally separated from Him. Colossians 1:21 We are spiritually dead and cannot change our relationship with Him. Ephesians 2:1-2
  3. God is our heavenly Father. Matthew 6:9 God is just and must punish sin. Deuteronomy 32:4 God is loving and wants all people to come back to Him. 2 Peter 3:9
  4. God, our heavenly Father, sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth for us. John 3:16. Jesus Christ is both God and Man. John 20:28 Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and rose from the dead to offer us restored relationship with God. Romans 4:25
  5. The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word and Baptism to bring us back to God.Titus 3:4-7 The spirit convicts us of our sinfulness. John 17:8 The Spirit assures us of Christ’s forgiveness. Colossians 1:13-14 The Spirit moves us to trust in Jesus Christ and restores our relationship with God. 1 Corinthians 12:3
  6. The Holy Spirit gathers those who trust in Christ into the fellowship of Christ’s Church. Acts 2:41 The Spirit endows all believers with His gifts so all can minister to one another and to others as they serve God. 1 Corinthians 12:7 The Spirit transforms them as He leads and shapes them through His Word, Holy Communion and prayer. Acts 2:42 The Spirit empowers and equips all Christians so that together they can build up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
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