Gospel in About 3 Minutes

(God, Sin, Jesus, and Salvation. Leaves off larger context.)

"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things..." (Revelation 4:11)
"the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise." (Isaiah 43:21)

God is an eternal being of limitless power, knowledge, and reach. His Word, or the Bible, says He created us to show who He is and be worshipped by us. He gave us a beautiful world to enjoy. He required we love Him first, then each other as ourselves. If His creation loved and obeyed Him, He'd let them live forever in the Paradise He made for them.

"...a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness... forgiving iniquity (wrongdoing)... but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:6-7)
"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned" (Romans 5:12)

God's creation betrayed Him (i.e. sinned) by turning to evil, esp selfishness. God took away their immortality and perfect world. Everything was broken. Learning nothing, people just did more evil: refusing to seek God; helping others less; using others for sex and money; lying, stealing, and physical/mental abuse. Even if He loves us, a just God must punish our sin. The eternal God said He'd do it foever in a place of permanent agony (Hell).

"He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken." (Isaiah 25:8)
"But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. " (Isaiah 53:5)

In His mercy, God wants to redeem us. His nature requires justice, though. He must punish sin but save the sinner. His solution: the Spirit of God took flesh in the form of a Son, Jesus Christ. He is fully God and man. He limited Himself to set an example. He struggled, was tempted, worked, and spent time with His friends. Unlike us, He lived in perfect obedience and selflessness, serving God and others. He preached repentence: turning away from sin and back to God. Some followed. Others beat, tortured, and killed God's Son. For His perfect obedience, God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day.

"For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous (or holy) man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:6-8)
"If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)

God knew we were undeserving, ungrateful people evil in so many ways. He still loved us so much He sent His innocent, perfect Son to die in our place. It's like Jesus taking the bullet for us or serving our prison sentence. God promised to save everyone who:

1. Believes in God, that Jesus was God in the flesh, and God raised Him from the dead.

2. Confesses they're an unworthy sinner. That this is a gift they don't deserve.

3. Repents, or turns away from, their sins. They'll try to turn their life around.

4. Surrenders their life to Jesus Christ. They now live for and in obedience to His Word.

5. Believes He will raise them from the dead, too. That He will take them to Heaven where He is when they die or He returns.

If you do, He gives you the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to transform you to be more like Jesus Christ every day, serve Him, and better love others. You'll face persecution in an evil world. Upon death or Jesus returning to Earth, we all get judged for what we said and did with our time. Those who trusted in, served, and sacrificed for Him will be greatly rewarded since His sacrifice already covered their sins. All who rejected Him are already condemned since they'll be judged for their sins. The choice is simple: Him and His blessings forever; the world temporarily and punishment forever. Please, choose wisely.

How to Accept Jesus as Lord

Prayer is a conversation with God. You can accept Jesus into your life by telling him this prayer. You pray that, be baptized to publicly demonstrate your faith, start living as a believer, and join a local church where you can grow in Christ. Longview Heights and Mercy Hill both have people who will help you.

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