DISCOVER JESUS

 

 

The Story of Humanity

 

The Bible teaches that humans were created in the image of God as the pinnacle of God’s creation. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created to rule as God’s representatives on earth, to glorify God, and to live in fellowship with Him.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28
 

The Problem: Sin

 

The Bible teaches that those first humans rebelled against their Creator’s command and plunged themselves and the rest of humanity into sin. Adam’s sin-corrupted nature has been transmitted to all people of all ages, such that all humans (aside from Jesus) have sinned.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12 
 

The Results of sin

 

The Bible teaches that sin ruins human life and flourishing. Sin ruins our relationships with each other and with God. Sin is man’s ultimate problem. The final consequence of a life of sin is eternal separation from God in a place of torment. We are all sinners by nature and by choice, and we have been justly condemned to eternal punishment in the lake of fire because of our sin against our holy Creator.

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
 
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
 

The Solution: Jesus

 
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
 

The Bible teaches that through Jesus, God has provided a way for us as fallen humans to be rescued from sin and its consequences. Jesus is God who became a human. Jesus came to earth to save us from our sin by purchasing our forgiveness with His blood. Jesus lived a sinless life, and He died on a cross as our substitute, taking on Himself the sins of all humanity.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Jesus’ death paid the debt of sin that we owed, so we could be released from the sentence of condemnation and restored to a right relationship with our Creator.

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18

 

Jesus then rose from the dead, proving His victory over sin and death and providing a guarantee of a future resurrection for all His followers.

“…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third  day according to the scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
 

How You Can Be Forgiven: Faith and Repentance

 
“And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:20-21
 
 

The Bible teaches that because Jesus’ death on the cross paid for our sins, God offers freedom from sin and its consequences to all who will trust in Christ and repent of sin.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7

 

There is no salvation apart from Christ, and any attempts to earn forgiveness from God by works will be entirely insufficient.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Titus 3:5

 

We must believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose again, place our faith in Him alone as our hope for eternal life, and turn from sin to serve and follow Christ as our Savior and Master. Faith is depending completely on the death of Christ to earn your forgiveness. Repentance is turning from sin to obey God.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith…” Ephesians 2:8
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14
 

Salvation

 

The Bible teaches that when a sinner believes on Christ and repents, their sins are immediately forgiven by God. They are restored to a right relationship with God and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. They are freed from the bondage of sin and are no longer the objects of God’s just wrath. 

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:8-9 
 
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19 

 

But this is just the beginning. When someone becomes a Christian by faith and repentance, they are transformed over time as God begins to work in them to free them from the power of sin in their day-to-day life. When a Christian’s life on earth ends and they enter Heaven, their sin nature will be completely eradicated and they will be freed from all sinning to enjoy a fully restored relationship with God.

“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22
 
 
 
 

Would you like to learn more about how you can start a relationship with Jesus? Please contact us at pastor@lbcmiller.com. We would love to talk with you.

 

Discover God’s Word

 

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17
 

Truth brings freedom like nothing else. What a privilege it is to grow in God’s Word and to discover His truth. We invite you to learn, discuss, and follow clear truths from the Bible together with us at Lakeshore Baptist Church.

 

Discover Friends

 

“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5

“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord…” 1 Corinthians 1:2
 

A church is a family of friends following Jesus. We would love for you to join us as we seek to follow Jesus together. Visit Lakeshore Baptist Church and you’ll find a group of people that love God and His Word. In the meantime, listen to our sermons.

 

Be Our Guest

 

The best time for your first visit is in one of our Sunday 11 AM services. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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