April 2011

Knowing God Personally

Happy Easter! This is the time we celebrate Jesus’ gift of redemption and reconciliation with God. It’s also a great time to review God’s plan of salvation so that we are prepare to explain it to our children and to others who want to know how we may come to know God personally.

Draw a picture of two cliffs with a huge chasm in between. Put God on one cliff and a person on the other cliff. What separates us from God? Our sin. Write sin in the chasm between the two cliffs. What is sin? Sin is when we turn away from God and toward something (anything) else. Does everyone sin? Yes, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). What is the result of sin? Separation from God and spiritual and physical death (Romans 6:23). What can we do about this separation from God? Some people try to use good works to bridge the gap, or they try to be a good person, or they think attend a church without believing in Jesus, but nothing they do is good enough. On our own we can do nothing.

But God did not leave us in our helplessness. He loves us so much that he sent Jesus, his own son, to bridge the gap for us. Draw a bridge across the chasm with the connecting the two cliffs. Only Jesus is the way we can come to God. Jesus paid the price of sin for us all. What do we need to do? “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!” (Acts 17: 31) How? By praying to God, admitting to him that you are a sinner, and telling him that you are sorry and you want Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.

Then your new life begins: immediately, God promises that you are his child, that he will never leave you, that he will completely forgive you, that he will give you his Holy Spirit to guide you, and that you will have eternal life with him!

Peter wrote “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that you have.” (I Peter 3: 15) Easter is a great time to make sure you are prepared!

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