God Loves You And Created You To Be In A Personal Relationship With Him

1) GOD LOVES YOU AND CREATED YOU TO BE IN A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM

 

You are not an accident. You are not a biological and chemical product of millions of years of evolution. You are created by the same God who made the universe and everything in it. What’s more—you are not just another created being among many animals—as a human, you are a very special creation—

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Why Can’t We Be Saved By Good Works?—Romans 4:1-5

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION 

 

There was a preacher who explained salvation like this:

 

It seems that a frog one day fell into a pail of milk, and though he tried every conceivable way to jump out, he always failed. The sides were too high, and because he was floating in the milk he could not get enough leverage for the needed leap. So he did the only thing he could do. He paddled and paddled and paddled some more. And oila!—his paddling had churned a pad of butter from which he was able to launch himself to freedom. The preacher’s message was: “Just keep paddling, keep on working, keep on doing your best, and you will make it.”[1]

 

Sadly, many people, even preachers really do think that salvation is earned by working hard like that frog. A survey was taken several years ago of 7000 church-going teens from a number of denominations. The results show that…

 

  • 70% thought it was true that God is satisfied if a person lives the best life he can. 
  • 60% agreed that God accepts you if you sincerely try to be good.[2] 

 

Now remember, these were church-going teens, but they answer the way world wants to believe about God. Either that seeped into the churches they attended, or the churches weren’t clear enough to counteract the world’s teaching. Just to be clear, then, what does the Bible say?

 

Is God satisfied if you live the best life you can?

 

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

 

Does God accept you if you sincerely try to be good?

 

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Romans 3:10–12)

 

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)

 

28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:28)

 

Well now, that’s pretty clear, isn’t it? But why can’t we be justified by works or good deeds? That’s what we turn to now…

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Three Steps To Complete Sinlessness

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

I became a Christian twenty-five years ago. On that day, I was made into a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17)…sin was defeated. Or so I thought. Soon, I found myself still committing sin. O sure, gradually, some sins where left by the wayside, but other sins seemed to rise to take their place. 

 

Getting married introduced me to a whole new level of understanding how sinful I was, because now there was someone in my life who knew my private life. Having children also stretched me in that there were a whole new set of temptations to sin! And, again, there were now more people who could see my private life.

 

When a person becomes a Christian, you might think that the angry and lustful thoughts would disappear—but they don’t. You might think that you’d never say another unkind word—but you do. You might think that you’d never be tempted by sex outside of marriage, or taking drugs, or cheating and stealing, but…despite your best efforts, you are tempted and, frequently fall into those and many other sins.

 

Sometimes it’s discouraging, isn’t it? As Christians, we know that we are new creatures and that Christ has defeated sin and Satan, but we still struggle with sin. We might try to rationalize our sin away, or downplay it somehow—“I have a righteous anger”—but late at night on our beds we know in our hearts that sin is sin.

 

What happened? Why do we Christians still sin? Is there hope for us? Can we ever overcome our sin? I want to show you three steps to becoming completely sinless. Let me start by saying this—if you are a Christian, these steps to sinlessness will happen, but not on the time table we desire. 

 

Let me also say that, while God is the primary power behind our becoming sinless, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t work for us to do. We have a part in our becoming sinless.

 

The first step in our becoming sinless is… Continue reading