Sunday 11am & 6pm
Shady Grove Church
3805 Carpenter Pond Road
Durham, North Carolina 27703
The Gospel that is given to us in the Bible is not merely a story for Sunday school, its not an attempt to tell us all to be good, its not an effort on the part of God to tell us to work hard so possibly one day we could be accepted by Him into heaven, no that’s not the Gospel at all. Instead the Gospel of the Bible is a Gospel that declares our absolute sinfulness, inability to do anything to change our plight, and the reality of our being the enemy of God in our present condition. The Gospel is a declaration of man’s hopeless condition combined with God’s hope filled plan of rescue. The Gospel reveals God’s sending His perfect Son to die for imperfect man so that the hopelessly imperfect could be made perfect by an act of God. The Gospel message is simple, believe on Jesus Christ and He will forgive your sin, give you eternal life, and do the impossible work of uniting you with God.
So today I don’t call you to be good, I don’t call you to try to stop sinning, I don’t call you to turn over a new leaf. Instead, I call you to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and understand that He was God the Son, that He came and lived perfectly in this world, He died for crimes He hadn’t done, and he suffered for your sin. He was buried, and he was resurrected from the grave, and today He lives in heaven with God the Father. What do you need to do? Believe those things are true and then look to Him for your forgiveness. Believe that He was all of these things, and then trust that He can do what He said He would do….”I came to seek and to save that which was lost” … “I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
To receive this marvelous gift of eternal life today, all that is required is that you place your faith in Christ, believe in Him and have eternal life. Abandon your own efforts to gain Gods acceptance, and trust Christ to save you…. and He will, He promised!
Dear Jesus, I understand that I am hopelessly lost without you. I believe that you are God the Son who came to this earth to save sinners like me. I now believe that it was for me that you died, and I now reject my own efforts to save myself and I trust in you. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. Thank you Jesus for saving me from my sins, help me now to learn how to live the rest of my life for you!
If you have prayed that prayer, please contact us. We want to send you some information that will help you begin your new life in Christ. Pastortim@shadygrovechurch.net
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