WE ALL have a desperate need for God’s mercy. WE have a spiritual problem called sin.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s mercy provides the only solution. Who is God?
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
The only true God is the Triune God (Trinity): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God loves YOU.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Can you do anything to be loved by God?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.
God’s gift is shown to us in the Gospel. What is the Gospel?
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
1 Corinthians 15:1
Jesus Christ died and rose for the sins of ALL people. How do we receive this gift that God wants to give us?
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Simply believe it. But what can I do about the guilt that I feel?
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8
Confess it all to God. As we repent and believe, God brings us into his family through baptism.
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
In baptism God washes our sins away and gives us the Holy Spirit. Because of Jesus we have nothing to fear.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
We have victory over death through Jesus Christ. After death we will be with Christ forever.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him: “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is Lord over all things.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Because He is God, Christ is stronger than anything that could hurt us. He is stronger than death and the devil.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–this is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
Christians will be with Jesus forever in Heaven. What will Heaven be like?
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
THE LORD WILL BLESS AND KEEP YOU!
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