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3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
The Gospel (Good News)
John 3:16

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Why do we need good news? What is the bad news?

Romans 3:10
as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one;

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:12
[ Death in Adam, Life in Christ ] Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The bad news is the punishment for sin is Eternal life in hell upon death.

Acts 3:19 - Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

Acts 8:22 - Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

Acts 17:30-31 - The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:13
For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Romans 10:9-11
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."

1 John 5:12-13

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.



WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN

Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular
religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian
means you have embraced what the Bible says about God,
mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in
Scripture.

God Is Sovereign Creator

Contemporary thinking says man is the
product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a
personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him.
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created
everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns
and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority
over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and
worship.

God Is Holy

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3),
therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God
requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be
holy, for I am holy.”

Mankind Is Sinful

According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of
sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46).
That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human
kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or
pleasing God on our own. (Romans 3:10-12).

Sin Demands a Penalty

God’s holiness and justice demand that all
sin be punished by death: (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing
our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate
its consequences.

Jesus Is Lord and Savior

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus
Himself who created everything (Colossians 1:16). Therefore He
owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has
authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience,
and worship. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your
mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him
from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice
demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the
penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied
the demands of God’s justice and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the
demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling
Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him
(Romans 3:26).

The Character of Saving Faith

True faith is always accompanied
by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you
are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious
choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue
Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him
(1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ.
Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19),
but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always
responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

If you have questions about how you can become a Christian, or
want help in knowing how to live the Christian life, please write to:

Healthy Missions, 4203 Genesee Ave. #103, San Diego,
California 92117.



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