I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
Selah Psalm 61:4
I long to dwell in your tent forever
Evangelism - General Outline
- 2 questions
1. Heaven is a free gift.
2. It is not earned or deserved.
1. Man is a sinner.
2. Man can not save himself.
1. God is merciful - therefore He doesn't want to punish us.
2. God is just - therefore He must punish sin.
1. Who He is
- the infinite God-man.
2. What He did
- He died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and to purchase a place in heaven for us.
1. What it is not -
a. Trusting in head knowledge
b. Trusting in temporary things
2. What it is
- Trusting Jesus alone for eternal life.
conversation and start a relationship.
I ask you a question?
you come to a place in your thinking where you would know for sure that
if you were to die today, you would go to heaven or is that something you would
say you’re still working on?
Bible tells us that we can know that we are going to heaven.
John 5: 13
“I write these things to you… that you may know that you have eternal life.”
May I share with you how I came to know for certain that I have eternal life and how you can know it too?
I do, Let me ask you a second question.
you were to die today and stand before God and He were to say to you, “Name,
Why should I let you into My heaven?” What would you say?
and clarify their answer aloud.)
we started talking, I thought I might have some good news to
share with you, but now that I’ve heard your answer to this question, I
know I have the best news you will ever hear.
That news is…
is a free gift.
Bible tells us…
the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
is not earned or deserved.
it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can
we have to work for good grades, or to get paid for our jobs, we might feel
it’s wrong to receive anything without working for it or paying for it.
Maybe that’s why some people think eternal life can be earned if we
work hard enough at doing good things. But
that’s not how God describes it.
my best friend (parent, grandparent, etc.) were to surprise me with an
expensive gift and let's suppose my response would be that of immediately
digging into my pocket for a couple of dollars to help pay for the gift.
What an insult
that would be! Gifts must be accepted freely.
If even a dollar is paid, it is no longer a gift.
It is the same with eternal life.
can be seen more clearly when we understand what the Bible says about man.
(The Gospel – Man)
can be seen more clearly when we understand what the Bible says about man.
Man is a sinner:
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
When we think of sin, many times we think only of robbery, murder, adultery, etc. The Bible tells us that sin is anything that doesn't please God or is a transgression of His law.
a. Anything we do that we shouldn't, like losing our temper or stealing - these are sins of commission.
b. Anything we should do but don't like failing to pray or read the Bible, or to truly love our neighbor - these are sins of omission.
c. There are not only sins in deed but also sins in word and thought like lying, cursing, lust, pride, and hatred. The Bible says these are all sins.
Suppose a person sinned only ten times a day or even just five, Imagine if no more often than three times a day did he think unkind thoughts, or lose his temper, or fail to do what he ought towards God and man - he would be a pretty fine person, wouldn't he?
· Even if he were this good, he would still have over 1,000 transgressions a year!
· Now I’m ___ years old, so that would mean ___,000 sins!
· Now, If God were like a traffic court judge, and those sins were like driving tickets, I would hate to think of what would happen if I appeared in a traffic court with ___,000 tickets against me.
you were to prepare an omelet with 5 good eggs and one rotten egg, you
couldn't serve it to company and expect it to be acceptable. Even less can we serve up our lives to God, which may have
many things in them that men would call good, and yet are filled with deeds
and thoughts that are rotten, and expect them to be acceptable to God.
"For who ever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it."
If we want to get to heaven by our good works, then all we have to do is be perfect. God's standard is complete obedience to Him for all time.
"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
We all fall short of this. Do you see how impossible it is for man to save himself?
Man cannot save himself:
This comes into sharper focus when we look at what the Bible says about God.
have many different ideas of who God is and what He is like.
Some common misconceptions about God are that
· He is like a Grandfather who loves everyone and punishes no one. This view of God emphasizes love, but ignores any concept of justice.
· Another misconception explains God as if He were a Policeman - just looking to catch us doing something wrong. This exaggerates His justice, but ignores His love.
· Yet another view of God is that he’s like an Old Scrooge – out to make us unhappy, and our lives miserable, drab, and dull. God is actually just the opposite.
says, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
God is loving and just.
loves us, not because of who we are, but because of who He is.
is merciful - Therefore He doesn't want to punish us.
is just - Therefore He must punish sin.
He does not leave the guilty unpunished."
I were to rob a bank of $5,000. A
hidden camera takes movies of me in the act.
The teller and other eyewitnesses identify me as the robber.
When brought before the judge, the evidence is undeniable, so I respond,
“I am guilty, your Honor. I am
very sorry I robbed the bank. You
have the money back and no one was hurt. I
promise you I will never rob another bank if you will just let me go.”
Would the judge be just if he let me go? No,
he has a standard of justice that must be satisfied.
If he were to let me go, there wouldn’t be a safe bank in the country.
In the same way, God, who is much more just than any human judge, can’t
simply excuse sin.
you see the problem? On one hand
God loves us and He doesn’t want to punish us, but on the other hand, He is
just and must punish sin.
extra credit story about Garcia
A few years ago there was a man named Garcia who lived in a communist country. He was the leader of a group of people who were trying to overthrow the dictator. His group lived in tents out in the country and was constantly on the move. One night, Garcia’s lieutenant came and told him that someone had stolen food from the supply tent. Garcia was outraged at this act because food was in such short supply. He summoned everyone and told them that from then on, anyone caught stealing food would be whipped. Not long after that, the lieutenant came to Garcia and told him that more food had been stolen. The thief had been caught, but there was just one problem. The thief was Garcia’s mother. What a predicament! If Garcia whipped his mother, she would die; but he would lose his authority if he failed to carry out the sentence. Everyone assembled to see what would happen. Garcia pronounced the crime and punishment. Then, he began to remove his shirt and ordered his lieutenant to whip him instead of his mother. In this way Garcia’s need for justice was satisfied, and at the same time, he proved his love for his mother.
is just how God chose to solve the situation with us.
We are in the position of Garcia’s mother, and God is like Garcia.
He could neither stop loving us, nor deny His own justice.
did God satisfy both His love and justice at the same time?
- Who He is)
would you say Jesus Christ is? (Listen
to the answer.)
"In the beginning was the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh, and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Jesus Christ, after His death rose from the grave, one of His followers named
Thomas was so amazed at His victory over death that he cried out,
"My Lord and my God." (Here, Jesus’ disciple called Him God, and He did not deny it.)
He died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and to purchase a place in heaven for us.
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
Record Book of Sin:
Let’s imagine this book in my right hand contains a detailed account of my life. Each page has the details of all my sins; every word I have spoken, every thought that ever crossed my mind, every wrong deed I’ve ever done.
then (hold up book) is the problem - my sin.
(Place book in palm of left hand.) God
loves me (point to your left hand) but He hates my sin (point at the book on top
of your hand) and must punish it. My
sin separates me from God. There
are times I have tried to take care of this problem.
I would try to turn my life around.
Sometimes I tried to turn over a new leaf.
But the problem was still there. By
my own efforts I cannot make things right with God.
solve this problem, He sent His beloved Son into the world (lift up right hand
parallel to left hand). The
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all"
you say the words, "laid on Him" transfer the book in one distinct
motion from your left hand to the palm of your right and leave it in the right
of my sin, which God hates, has been placed on His beloved Son.
Christ bore our sin in His own body on the tree …
when the last sin had been paid for, Jesus said, "It is finished!"
This is an interesting word in the original text.
It is Tetelestai, a commercial word which means, "It is paid; the
debt is paid."
He died, He was buried in a grave for 3 days (put the book in your lap); but He
rose from the dead and went to heaven to prepare a place for you and me. Now He offers heaven - eternal life - to you and me as a
gift is received by faith.
You could have a key ring with many keys on it like this. (Hold up key ring) They may even look somewhat alike. You could go to the front door of my house and try all of these keys except the right one and they would not open that door. It does not matter how sincere you are in exercising belief that a different key will open the door. The fact is that only the right key will open the door.
right key to heaven is called faith, “saving faith.” That is what will open the door to heaven.
There is nothing else in the world that will open that door no matter how
sincere you are in exercising the practice or belief of something other than
saving faith to open the door to heaven.
might ask, "What is saving faith?"
people believe in Jesus Christ the same way they believe in Napoleon or George
They believe that He actually lived.
He was a real person in history, but they do not trust Him to do anything
for them now.
Bible says the Devil believes in God. Did you
Bible says in James 2;19,
believe that that there is one God. Good!
Even the demons believe that-and shudder."
believing in God's existence is not what the Bible means by saving faith.
That is mere intellectual assent.
me share with you one other thing that people mistake for saving faith.
When you have trusted in the Lord for your finances, you could call that financial-faith.
You may have prayed and trusted that Lord to take care of your family,
you could call that family-faith. You may
have prayed and trusted the Lord to give you a safe trip, you could call this traveling-faith.
There is one thing all these have in common.
They are of a temporary nature. They
are temporal. Once your financial
needs are met, you no longer need to trust the Lord.
Once you have safely reached your destination, you don't need to trust
the Lord for traveling-faith.
All the things of this world shall pass away.
They are temporary. Now many
people trust the Lord for all these temporary matters.
Well, what is faith?
(trust) in the Lord Jesus, and You will be saved - you and your household."
is trusting Jesus Christ alone for our eternal life.
do believe this chair exists don't you? (point to empty chair)
you believe this chair would support me if I were to sit on it? Yes.
the sake of making my point, let the chair where I'm sitting represent me,
and this empty chair represent Jesus Christ. For a long time, I believe He existed and could help me.
I did not have eternal life because I was trusting in my own good works
to support me into Heaven.
Remember what you said you would say to God if He asked why
He should let you into Heaven? You
said, (repeat what they said)
Who is the only person referred to in your answer?
were you trusting to get you into Heaven when you said that?
receive eternal life, you must transfer your trust from yourself to Jesus
Christ alone for eternal life (sit
in empty chair)
motive for Christian living is gratitude for the gift of eternal life and faith
is the hand of a beggar reaching out to accept the gift of a King. (If possible,
use a handy ornate object in the home as "the gift."
Hold it in your right hand and when you say, "Faith is the hand of a
beggar reaching out…" reach with the left hand and take the
"gift" in it as you complete the Illustration.)
years/months ago this beggar reached out an unworthy hand and received the gift
of eternal life. I didn't deserve
it then. I don't deserve it now -
but I have it. The rest of my life
will be like a P.S. to say thank you.
this make sense to you?
you like to receive the gift of eternal life?
transfer your trust
receive the resurrected and living Christ as Savior
I am! I stand at the door and
knock. If anyone hears My voice and
opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me."
receive Christ as Lord
that is what you really want, I can lead us in prayer and we can tell God what
you have just now told me.
phrases of the Gospel
would like for you to read something that Jesus says about what you have just
them read from Bible)
tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
me ask you two questions.
were to die today, would you go to heaven, or is that something you would say
you are still working on?
were to die and stand before the throne of God and he were to ask you,
"______", why should I let you into my heaven, what would you say?
to the family of God!