The Diagram

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Would you like to personally open your life to Jesus Christ and receive the gift of eternal life?
Restate “Believe”
1. Repent (change of mind)
(Romans 1:16) “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God
(John 3:16)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shal not perish but have eternal life.”
2. Faith (transfer of trust)
for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
3. Confess (deliberate choice)
(Proverbs 22:29) “Do you see a man skil ed in his work?
(James 2:19) “You believe that there is a God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”
(Revelation 3:20) “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
He wil serve before kings; he wil not serve before obscure men.”
What it is not:
What it is:
I wil come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
“How sure are you that if you died tonight you would go to heaven?”
- intellectual assent to facts
- trusting in Jesus Christ alone
If this is what you really want, we can pray together right now and you can tell God what you just told me.
-75% Sure
- temporal
Faith -transferring trust
1. You pray
Trans #9: Does this make sense to you?
2. They pray
“What would you say if God asked you, „Why should I let you into my heaven?‟”
3. You pray
-Treat people right
(John 1:12) Illustration
Follow Up
-Doing good things for others
“Yet to al who received him, to those who believed in his name,
1. Eternal Life (John 5:24) “I tel you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent
he gave the right to become children of God.”
me has eternal life and wil not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
Trans #1: Spending eternity in heaven will mean spending eternity with God.
(Romans 5:8)
What character qualities come to mind when you think of God?
Draw Cross after Trans #7
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were stil sinners, Christ died for us.”
(Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“Died for you and me” Love
example of judge
Heaven: A free giftJustice
Draw arc after Trans #8
8 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was
“For Christ died for sins once for al , the righteous for the
crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought
unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death
us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.”
JESUS CHRIST in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”
(Isaiah 53:5)
The solution for two reasons:
- Who He was
Draw line after Trans #3
(1 Peter 3:18) Substituted
Heaven Draw line after Trans #1
- What He did
Trans #6: Who do you think Jesus Christ was?
Trans #8: But who receives this gift –
everybody? The Bible says no.
(Matthew 7:21-23)
“Not everyone who says to me, „Lord, Lord,‟ wil enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1. Independent / Rebel ious (Isaiah 53:6)
does the wil of my Father who is in heaven. Many wil say to me on that day, „Lord, Lord, did we
1. Love (1 John 4:8)
Who does man love supremely?
“We al , like sheep, have gone
not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?‟
- Himself
astray, each of us has turned
Then I wil tel them plainly, „I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!‟”
2. Holy (perfect) (1 Peter 1:16) “For it is written: „Be holy, because I am holy.‟”
to his own way; and the LORD
has laid on him the iniquity of us al .”
- Attitude of Satan
(1 Corinthians 1:20)
a. Pure (Habakkuk 1:13a) “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.”
“For al have sinned and fal short of the glory of God.”
“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age?
b. Righteous (Psalm 11:7) “For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice;
upright men wil see his face.”
2. Unrighteous / Sinful (Romans 3:23)
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
Good Works
“What are some of God‟s righteous standards that show us His righteousness?”
- Fal en short of God’s standards
(Ephesians 2:8,9)
Filthy rags
Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
a. Actions
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“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves,
- Don’t Murder - Don’t Swear
b. Thoughts (Matthew 5)
it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
(Isaiah 64:6a) “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and al our righteous acts
are like filthy rags.”
- Don’t Steal
- No Adultery
c. Words
“You have heard that it was said… „Do not murder.‟… But
I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be
subject to judgment… You have heard that it was said,
Best We Can
- Don’t Covet
- Honor Parents
„Do not commit adultery.‟ But I tel you that anyone who
looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery
(James 2:10)
- Don’t Lie
- Love God Supremely
with her in his heart.”
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking al of it.”
(make no idols, worship no other gods & keep Sabbath holy)
1 sin / day x 70 years = 25,500 sins
c. Just (fair, not partial) (Romans 2:5-11) All people will one day
face judgment and God
Trans #5: The good news is that God personally provided a solution in the person of Jesus Christ.
- Must punish al unrighteousness “wil give to each person according to
what he has done…. For God does
List Personal Sins
not show favoritism.”
Trans #2: Now that we‟ve seen what God is like, let‟s take a look at man and see if he‟s the same or different.
Edgar’s Sins
(Isaiah 59:2)
- Lied


“But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he wil not hear.”
- Covet



(Colossians 2:9)
“I and the Father are one.” “Again the Jews picked up
- Adultery
“For in Christ al the
stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have

(Romans 6:23a)
God In The Flesh fullness of the Deity
shown you many great miracles from the Father. For
lives in bodily form.”
which of these do you stone me?” “‟We are not stoning
Trans #3: What do you think this does to your relationship with God?
you for any of these,‟ replied the Jews, „but for blasphemy,
“For the wages of sin is death”
1. Claimed it (John 10:30,33) because you, a mere man, claim to be God.‟”
“Wages of sin is death”
2. Miracles (John 14:11) “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.”
1. Physical (Hebrews 9:27)
3. Sinless life (John 8:46) “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am teling the truth,
why don‟t you believe me?”
“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”
“And beginning with Moses and al the Prophets, he explained
+ 2. Spiritual (Ephesians 2:1)
4. Prophecy (Luke 24:27) to them what was said in al the Scriptures concerning himself.”
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.”
5. Resurrection (John 2:18-22)
= 3. Eternal (Hel ) (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9)
“Then the Jews demanded of Him, „What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do al this?‟
Jesus answered them, „Destroy this temple, and I wil raise it again in three days.‟ The Jews replied, „It has taken
“He wil punish those who do not know God and do not obey
forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?‟ But the temple he had spoken of
the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with
was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the
everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence
Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”
of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.”
Trans #7: Jesus said many times that He had come into this world for a specific purpose. Do you know what that purpose was?
Trans #4: The obvious question is, “Is there any way to bridge the gap?”