3/29 Moving Forward
Making it Personal
Someone has said, “Knowing Christ died-that’s history. Believing He died for me-that’s salvation.” A personal relationship with Christ begins at the moment of our salvation. Only when we are born spiritually into God’s family do we become members of His spiritual kingdom.
1. WE NEED TO ADMIT OUR LOST CONDITION.
The Bible says we all come into this world physically alive but spiritually dead. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23) “No one is righteous-not even one” (Romans 3:10), and “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)
2. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US.
The gospel of Christ is that God Himself loved us enough to send His own son into this world to rescue us from our sin (John 1:1-4, 3:16). Then to solve the problem of our lost relationship with His Father, Jesus died in our place, offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice to pay the price of all sin-past, present and future.
3. WE NEED TO PERSONALLY BELIEVE AND RECEIVE GOD’S GIFT.
While we all have earned the wages of spiritual death and separation from God (Romans 6:23) no one can earn a relationship with Him-it is a gift of His love and mercy. This may sound too simple. However, it takes a miracle of God’s grace to break our pride and self-sufficiency. The actual words we say to God to receive this gift may vary. What is important is that we believe God enough to be able to say, “Father, I know I have sinned against You. I believe that Jesus is Your Son, that He died for my sins, and that He rose from the dead to prove it. Now I accept Your offer of eternal life. I accept Jesus as Your gift for my salvation”.
If this is the honest expression of your heart, welcome to God’s family! By simple, childlike faith, you have entered into a personal relationship with the One who made you and saved you for Himself.
Palm Sunday and Easter Worship
with Parkhill @ Facebook Live
Today is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week (or Passion Week)—the week that reminds us of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
You are invited to “Parkhill Live” on Facebook Sunday morning at 10:00am. Please note, this is a new time. Our praise team will be singing and sharing in worship with us. There will also be a special song for our children. Pastor Cox will share his message from John 12:2-19.
Not a fan of Facebook. The morning message will also be on our website www.parkhillpueblo.com.
APRIL SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN:
Want to know what my two favorite words are in the Bible?
Why? Because I know that when I read those words, something amazing and wonderful and powerful- something only God can do, is about to happen.
If you notice, the words But God are almost always said when:
• A situation seems hopeless and there seems to be no way out of it
• Someone is lost and completely unable to save themselves
• There is literally NO way and God makes a way
They are words that are always followed by the gracious and compassionate and loving intervention of God. When we read But God, we know something awesome and amazing is about to happen. I love these words because they remind me of the hope that I can only find in God.
My prayer is that during this scary time of so many unknowns and so many impossible situations, that no matter what this next month brings, we are able to focus on the But God verses in the Bible. That we are able to rest in the fact that God is a redeemer and when all seems hopeless, God is there!
Shannon @ Sweet Blessings.com
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