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            1. Romans 3:9-12, 23- All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

            2. Matthew 18:11-14- Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.

            3. Acts 4:12- There is salvation only in Christ.



II. MAIN THEME- All have sinned and been separated from God.  But God loved us enough to send His Son to pay for our sins, so that all who believe in Him can have eternal life.  Our faith comes from hearing the gospel, and only a faith that submits to God is a saving faith.

            1. All responsible people have sinned, those who know good and evil.

                        a. No one is righteous because of their own merit, Rom 3:9-10, 23.

                        b. Sin separates us from God, Ezekiel 18:19-20; Is 59:1-2; 2 Thes 1:7-7-9.

            2. Jesus came to save sinners, 1 Tim 1:15.

                        a. His purpose was to seek and save the lost, Luke 19:10; Mat 18:11-14.

                        b. He died for us while we were sinners, Rom 5:5-8.

                        c. He is our only hope for salvation, Acts 4:12.

            3. Jesus will save all who believe in Him.

                        a. First we must know of Him, John 6:40; 17:3; 20:30-31; Acts 16:32.

                        b. We must trust Him, John 5:24; 12:44-50; Rom 10:8-10; Heb 12:2.

                        c. We must follow Him, John 1:12; 3:36; 12:42-43; Heb 5:9; James 2:22.

            4. Repentance is a choice by man's free will resulting from true faith in Jesus.

                        a. We must give up our selfish nature, Luke 9:23-26; I John 2:15-17.

                        b. We must admit God's way is right, Rom 10:8-10; Acts 16:33; Phil 3:8-11.

                        c. We must seek God's salvation, Acts 3:19; II Cor 7:10; Acts 2:38, 41.

            5. We must be born again to follow Jesus, we must be baptized into Christ.

                        a. Baptism is the response of faith in Jesus, Mark 16:15-16; Col 2:12.

                        b. Baptism is part of the message about Jesus, Acts 9:35-38; Rom 6:3-5.

                        c. Baptism is a response of a good conscience to the gospel, 1 Pet 3:21;

                            Acts 2:41; 16:33-34; 19:1-5.

                        d. Baptism is a new birth of water and the Spirit commanded by Jesus,

                            John 3:3-7; 1 John 5:6-12; Gal 3:26-27; 1 Cor 12:13; Rom 6:17; Titus 3:5.

            6. We must be willing to follow Jesus in our lives.

                        a. Our lives must be transformed by the influence of Jesus Christ,

                            2 Cor 5:17; 7:1; John 6:63; 8:28-36; Col 1:12-14, 19-23.

                        b. We must put off the things of the world and put on Christ, Gal 5:13-26;

                            Eph 4:12-32; 5:1-21; Titus 2:11-14.

                        c. We must confess our sins and pray for each other, James 5:16; 1 John 1:5-9.




            1. Faith comes from evidence about Jesus found in the gospel message.  Teaching

                about faith does not produce faith.  Teaching the gospel, the message about

                Jesus, produces faith.  1 Cor 2:2; 15:1-4; Rom 1:16; Acts 8:35-38.

            2. Conversion is only the beginning, Titus 2:11-14; 2 Peter 3:18.




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