Water is wet, the sun will rise, and the seasons will change. These are some things that each person knows to be true regardless of their background. The core method for teaching is: going to where a person is to help them take the next step.
We have heard the phrase, “You learn something everyday!” Is it possible to be ever learning, but never come to the knowledge of the Truth?
Many very successful people will tell you they gained their success by knowing the truth of how to obtain their success, rather than a cache of knowledge they could have received from a college or university. I submit to you that the knowledge of Truth will take you farther than just continual learning. So the obvious question is, “What is Truth?”
God loves you and has a plan for your life.
Although many people try to refute this truth, it stands firm. The first verse in the Bible does not try to prove the existence of God; it declares his existence. As God reveals more about Himself to us in Scripture, we see the pattern that God loves everyone and has a specific plan for each of us. Whether we reject Him, or receive Him that love does not change.
All people are sinners.
I think that all of us would agree that this truth is very well known. We are not taken by surprise when a crime is committed; we know it will happen so we have formed a system to deal with it. We are all very good at deceiving ourselves into thinking that we are good people, but the truth is that we have done things that make us ashamed to admit. We need to admit we are sinners.
Sin must be paid for. There is always a penalty for sin.
When you work a job, you get paid for it. I am the pastor of the Northern Lights Baptist Church here in Waconia first, but I also work at a bank. It makes me feel like a man when I bring home money to provide the things for my family. I worked for it, and I should be paid what I deserve! When we apply this to working in sin, we deserve what we worked for: death. Death is separation. When we work the works of sin, we become separated from God. What a horrible debt to have. What a horrible paycheck to receive!
Jesus Christ paid for our sin. The truth is: all our sins were laid on Christ on the cross. He paid our sin debt for us. He died on the cross, He arose from the dead, and He is alive forever. The Bible says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Many Americans are in excessive debt today.
Maybe you are someone who is hounded by creditors everyday (and rightfully so). If we agreed to pay a debt and we did not pay it, we must suffer the consequences. What if someone said, “I will pay all your debt (mortgage, auto, credit cards, personal, and medical) so you may be debt free.” What a wonderful gift. That is the same offer that Jesus Christ offers us with our debt of sin. He has the power to pay all the debt because of His work.
We must personally receive Christ by faith as our Savior. The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” All we need to do is realize that God loves us, we are sinners, sin must be paid for, Jesus Christ paid for that sin, and then receive his gift of a sinless record. This does not mean that we will never sin again; it means that there is no record of sin.
I would be lying to and deceiving my church members if I told them that if they came to church, gave money, came to me to forgive their sin, helped the less-fortunate, and were a “good person” that they would go to Heaven.
The truth is that this is a personal matter that can only be resolved between you and God. I know (not hope or think) that my sins are forgiven because someone told me from the Bible the truth about who I really am, and who God really is.
I didn’t have to “give my heart to Jesus,” because I didn’t give anything to get salvation; I “received the gift.”
Will you accept the Truth and receive this gift?
By Pastor Michael Frey of Northern Lights Baptist Church in Waconia.