First Baptist Church of Mathis, Texas
Friday, December 14, 2018

The Gospel

 
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that something is terribly wrong in the world - even Oprah and Dr. Phil agrees with this. And despite numerous social programs and books on "How to Fix (fill in the blank)," we are still living in a world filled with hurt and sorrow searching for answers.  So where do we turn to find answers?  We believe the Bible has the answers!
 
THE PROBLEM: SIN
I know - it's an old fashioned word - but the fact of the matter is the earth is cursed because of it - and we too are effected by sin.  The Bible says that we are all sinners and have at some point rebelled against a holy God - like the first man, Adam
 
THE CONSEQUENCES: DEATH
Because of our rebellion against God, we are separated from Him without hope.  The Bible actually says the we are "dead in our trespasses and sins" - and honestly - this is even more terrifying than physical death - which we all know is coming for us sooner or later. 
 
THE SOLUTION: CHRIST
Now, here's the good news - what the Bible refers to as the Gospel.  God - in His love and mercy - has provided a way for our sins to be forgiven and for us to have a restored relationship with the Creator of the universe - to have eternal life.  You see - God came in the flesh - his name was Jesus Christ - and he paid the debt for the sins of those who believe and trust in His sinless life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection from the dead.
 
So what does one have to do to receive God's forgiveness and be saved from the curse of sin?
 
It's simple - ASK HIM!  TRUST HIM!  BELIEVE HIM!
 
There is no magical prayer or phrase you have to repeat after some preacher... the best you know how in your own words simply:
  • Admit to God that you are a sinner (it will not take Him by surprise... He already knows - you are just coming into agreement with Him)
  • Believe and trust that Jesus Christ is God's son - and that He came to this earth to pay the penalty for your sins and others who would believe
  • Confess and share that Jesus is Lord of your life
And this is the really cool part... God saves you!  Why?  Because God is not a liar. He forgives you and adopts you into His family. 
So now what?  The brutal crawl begins... why?  Because the Bible says you are a newborn baby... and what do babies do?  CRAWL!  Here are some ways you can begin to learn to walk and strengthen your relationship with God:
  • Establish a time to read the Bible and pray daily (we recommend you begin with the Gospel of John).
  • Get a Bible (the NIV or ESV are good translations) and a notebook and pen/highlighter to journal your thoughts, questions, and even prayers.
  • Start attending a Bible teaching church where you can grow spiritually in community with others (of course, we highly recommend us).
  • Pray to God to share your joys, problems, and to confess your need for Him (And don't forget... you are still going to fall - but don't start running from God when this happens - instead run towards Him and rest in His love for you and forgiveness because of the cross!).
  • Share these things with others... they too need to hear this good news (we call this the Great Commission).
Finally, let us know!  We'd love to celebrate with you and help you on this new journey!