The Gospel

 

 

 

Hello everybody. I am just hanging out here with my little guy here. He's up before all the rest of the kids get up, so I can feed him and have a little bit of time with him before the rest of the crew gets up. I go live today and share with you the good news. Some of you might know what that is, and others might not, but I want to share the good news with you today because this is the most important thing for you to consider. In the long run, it doesn't matter whether your baby sleeps through the night. It doesn't matter if you went to work out today. Nothing really matters but your eternity, and so I thought I'd share with you the good news today.

Brad and I, if you've watched our webinar, we talk about the fact that we are Christians and we believe in the Bible as our authority and we believe that there is eternity and this is true. You might be one of those people that say, "I don't believe that," or, "We don't follow the Bible," but it really doesn't matter what you believe. It matters if what you believe is true, and so we know that the word of God is the ultimate truth, so this is how we make all of our decisions and form all of our world views. Anyway. I'll get to it with the good news.

First of all, there's a problem, and the problem is that God is holy. You might think, "Why is that a problem?" The problem is that, if God is holy, that means that ... And, we're not, that means he's perfect. The problem comes when we're not, so we have to be judged because of our sin and that separation from a perfect God and the fact that we're not perfect, so I wanted to share a scripture with you.

First I'm going to share Psalms 7:11 through 12. God is a just judge and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not turn back, he will sharpen a sword. He bends his bow and makes it ready. You can see this is a problem. We are not holy and God is, and he is a perfectly just judge. That means, no matter what the sin is, if it's big, small, minute, it doesn't matter. God punishes sin and he's angry with the wicked. Even the most minute sin in your life makes you one of the wicked, so that's a problem.

Also, I want to share with you Isaiah 59. 59:2. But, your inequities have separated you from God and your sins have hidden his face from you so that you will not hear. What happens when we're sinful is, we're separated from God for eternity and when we die, we will stand before Him and give an account for our life. If He finds us guilty of our sin, which He will, because we all know we're sinful, He will find us guilty of our sin. Then, we're headed to Hell. However, He has provided a way. There is good news. This is the good news that I was telling you about. There is one that can cover our sins, and that's Jesus Christ.

Now I'm going to share another scripture with you. Excuse me while I turn there on my Bible on my phone. I think this takes longer than actually having a paper Bible. Okay. For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. We must believe in Christ if we want to have eternal life, and if we don't believe in Christ, then we do not have eternal life. I'll read on. For God did not ascend his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him, might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned. If we believe in Him, we're not condemned. We are not bound to endure God's wrath for all eternity if we believe in Him, but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son.

It's not just, not believing in Christ, it's that, from the moment we were conceived, we were separated from God because of our sin, and the wrath of God has been abiding on us throughout our lives. If we don't turn from our sin and believe in Christ, then the wrath of God remains on us. It abides on us. If we die in our sin, then we will endure that wrath for all eternity, so turn from your sin. Repent and believe in Christ and He is the only way.

There is no work that we can do. We can't be good enough, ever. We can't do enough service projects. We can't love our family enough, our children enough, the outside world enough. We can't do enough to earn God's favor and earn God's love. We must turn and believe on His son, because Jesus came and lived a sinless and perfect life on Earth and He can take on the wrath of God for us if we believe and trust in Him. His life and his blood can cover us so that when God looks at us, he doesn't see me. He doesn't see my sinful self and my pitiful works. He sees Christ's perfect work on me.

How do you know? First of all, I'll talk about repentance. What repentance is, is not just asking God for forgiveness. It's turning from your sin and saying, "God, I'm sorry." Mourning over your sin and then turning from it and never going back. How do we know if we have turned from our sin? You will bear fruit of that sin. I wanted to turn to Matthew 3:10 here. And even now, the ax is laid to the root of the trees, therefore, every tree, which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Many of you, like I was ... I'll get into my testimony here in a moment. Many of you think, I have believed in Jesus to save me. However, does your life bear fruit? Really think about that. Question that. Do I bear fruit? Because, if I don't bear fruit worth of repentance, then I'm not saved.

Do I turn from my sin continually? Do I seek the Lord and do I love His commands and love His commands? Do I want to do His will? Not unto salvation. Not because those good works can get me right with God, but do love God because I just want to please Him? I want to thank Him for saving me. Just a little bit of background on my testimony and how I came to faith. I grew up in a fairly Evangelical home. When I was maybe 10 or so, my dad was saved and we started going to church. I went to a youth camp and I prayed the prayer. I thought, "Okay. Now I'm saved. Now I'm good with God." I never, never really turned from my sin and I never really knew I needed a savior. I never thought I was that bad. I actually thought I was pretty good, so why wouldn't God want me? Jesus was my cherry on the top.

I thought I was okay with God, but in my heart, I knew that I was never really different and I continued on the path of going to concerts and camps and youth group things. I rededicated my life I don't even know how many times. I'd go through these highs and I'd be gung ho and ready to ... I don't even know what, but my heart was never different and I continued in my sin. In college years, I continued. I even went further down the path of a sinful lifestyle, drunkenness and fornication and met my husband and we got married. We even led worship in our church, but no one ever asked us about our testimony. No one ever questioned if we really were bearing fruit worthy of repentance until nine years ago. I heard a sermon and God convicted me of my sins. He showed me how wretched I was. Showed me that I was in need of a savior and I was so broken at that time over my sin that I couldn't even speak to anyone, mostly for an entire day.

God showed me that I was not good, that my most righteous act was a soapy rag and I couldn't get to Heaven on my own. At that point, God took out my heart of stone and gave me a heart of flesh that desired Him, that loves Him, that seeks after Him. What I want you to know is that your sin has you condemned, but there's hope. There's hope in Christ, and examine yourself to make sure you're in the faith, because this is the most important thing in your life. There's nothing more important than your eternity, so we can either spend eternity praising God and basking in His glory, or we can spend eternity under His wrath.

If you haven't, turn from your sin today. Repent and believe. All right. If you want to talk more about who God is and the gospel, you can message us, email us. This is my favorite topic, even better than talking about babies. All right. I hope that was encouraging to you and I hope that it causes you consider.