Step 1 God's Purpose: Peace and Life
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life--abundant and eternal.
The Bible says...
"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
Why don't most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to
Step 2 The Problem: Our Separation
God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots
to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice.
We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today.
This results in separation from God.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
Our Attempts to Reach God:
People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God...
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death."
"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden
his face from you, so that he will not hear." Isaiah 59:2
No bridge reaches God...except one.
Step 3 God's Bridge: The Cross
Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our
sin and bridged the gap between God and people.
"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus
Christ." 1 Timothy 2:5
"For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous,
to bring you to God." 1 Peter 3:18
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.