Share God’s Story (Pt. 3 of Open)

Intro:Today: Act on it or Accept it

  • Review Series / Sharing God’s Story
  • Why?
    • The power of 1 Invitation <>
    • 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. Do this with gentleness and respect.” <>
  • We are at table (where)

How:

  • Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV)
  • Wages
    • Wage = Earn
    • You did something to so you have earned something
  • Sin
    • This is what you did- sin.
      • Missing the Mark (Broad) >> Fall short of God’s glory
    • ILL: Eagle catching a fish <>
    • APP: Sin promises a great meal but down the line, when you want to get rid of the shame and humiliation, you can’
    • What did you earn?
  • Death
    • Death = Broadly: Soul, life, marriage, relationships, financial, disease, all of it.
    • What causes struggle <> sin does.
  • But…
  • Gift
    • A gift is free- no strings unattached
    • It is the opposite of wage. You do not earn a gift.
  • God
    • God gives you this gift, you did nothing to deserve it.
    • What is God’s response to your sin? Hate <>, no! love!
  • Eternal Life
    • A relationship with eternity- God.
    • “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3
    • Eternal life is a relationship with God
    • ILL: Vine > Branch, Breaking Bread, Shepherd to sheep
  • Vertical Line in middle- Our blocks us from God’s gift.
    • How do you overcome the divide?
  • Jesus Christ (Cross bar)
    • John 3:16
    • When we accept what Jesus did for us by faith we cross the divide.
  • APP: You can do this on a napkin (get out napkin)
  • APP: What do you do if they accept Jesus and this teaching?
    • Acts 2:41, ““Those who accepted his message were baptized.”
    • So we do the same. If somone accepts this message they are to be baptized.
    • What is baptism?
    • Video: Baptism- a simple theology
    • 12/6- Baptism Sunday

Challenge

You need to either act on this or accept it.

  • Act On it: 5 people business card handout <>
  • Accept It: Sins wiped away >> eternal life >> gifts of the Spirit >> could you not use some more of that in your life?

 

PRAY (For people on the card and those thinking about accepting it)

TIME OF COMMITMENT:           

           

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