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God

  • God's character is holy
    Rev. 4:8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing, "Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come."
    Isaiah 6:1-5 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory." The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!"
  • God is the creator
    Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
    John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • God is loving.
    1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
    1 John 4:16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
Humanity
  • Humanity is created by God.
    Genesis 1:27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
  • Humanity is sinful.
    Romans 3:23 ...since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God;
    Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
  • Humanity is headed for death.
    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Humanity is separated from God.
    Isaiah 59:2 Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
    Col. 1:21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds...
Jesus Christ
  • Jesus is God in the flesh.
    Luke 22:70 All of them asked, "Are you, then, the Son of God?" He said to them, "You say that I am."
    John 1:1-51 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
  • Jesus lived a sinless life on earth.
    2 Cor. 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
    1 Peter 2:22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
  • Jesus reconciles us to God.
    2 Cor. 5:18-19 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
  • Jesus died in our place.
    Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
  • Jesus rose from the dead.
    Acts 17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."
  • Jesus is the way to eternal life.
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
    John 5:24 Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Response
  • Repent - To repent is to have an Understanding of what the "wrong" is, a regret over what our selfishness results in and a resolve to become what we were meant to be by God's grace. Repentance indicates willingness to change, but if it stops here, only a good resolution has been made.
    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    Acts 17:30 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
  • Believe - Belief involves intellectual acceptance, but in the true Biblical sense, true belief or faith must lead to an action. Formal belief becomes real at the point that we act upon it.
    John 3:18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
    John 5:24 Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
  • Receive
    John 1:12 But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children...
  • Follow - Following Christ begins with some kind of conversion. Every individual is either following or not following Christ.
    Romans 10:9-10 ...because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
    John 1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me."

    Scripture verses taken from the New Revised Standard Version

"Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 4:13-14


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