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Who We All Are ... And Why
It Matters
 
1.
Do You Know Who You Are?
"For you [God] created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
...Psalm 139:13-14

2.
Yet We Are Free To Choose Our Way
"There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless."
...Romans 3:10-12

3.
But Despite Our Turning from His way to Ours...
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
...John 3:16

4.
What We Need.
"Because I live, you also will live."
John 14:19

"I am come to give you LIFE and life abundantly."
John 10:10

5.
How, Then Are We Saved?
Remember those love songs that sing of "sweet surrender?" The sweetest of all is the surrender that we need make to receive our salvation. Fundamentally, that is all we CAN DO receive it. We can not earn it (But through surrender, we CAN gradually learn obedience, which preceeds and comes with learning to receive Christ's Lordship.)
    "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithčand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godčnot by works, so that no one can boast."
...Ephesians 2:8-9

6.
Our Response is to turn From Our Default Setting (a sin nature) and to God, through Faith.
Anyone can respond but, like any offer or gift, we must act "to respond" is, certainly, a personal action. By responding to God's offer of Christ Jesus, we are surrendering to the gentle knock of His Holy Spirit by letting Him point us to the Father through His Son, Our Savior. In so doing, Christ will forgive us of all our sins and let us receive a new life in Him.   † Only by turning from our ways can we possibly step into a life led and powered by God's perfect and loving will.
    † "When you becomes a Christian, you become a brand new person inside. You are not the same person anymore. A new life has begun."
...2 Corinthians 5:17





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