So I got a chance to own a weekend in our High School Ministry. I’ve programed a lot of services but this time I actually got to teach. I kicked off a three week series in the book of Ephesians called “Before and After”. It was awesome because I got to preach the gospel to students. My message was on the fact that before Christ we were indebted to sin, trapped by Satan, but most importantly we were loved by Christ. I talked about the fact that Christ loved us while we were enslaved to sin, completely rejecting his love for us and how His love is like no other love anyone has ever experienced. I also broke down some christian stereotypes such as…
- My life has to be like my friends life if I want to accept Christ. – Jesus Christ wants an authentic relationship with you and it will be an original relationship unlike anyone else. Stop comparing.
- I gotta clean my life up before I come to Christ. – You don’t have the power to clean your life up. Receive Jesus Christ as you are and allow him to clean your life up. He’s the only one who can.
- I’ve done so many bad things in my life that God has to be mad at me. – God is not mad at you but madly in love with you. Don’t run away from him but run towards him. It’s never to late.
- I have to work to receive Christ into my heart or be saved. You can’t be good enough even on your best day. I can’t say it any clearer than the scripture verse I read.
Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Here is some of what I shared on video. Love serving Christ!!!!
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Receiving Christ means believing Christ to be who he says he is and accepting what he did on the cross for you and I, and if we truly believe that, then our lives will begin to reflect that belief, and even more so as you learn more about him. Christ doesn’t want your performance but he wants your heart.
hope it helps