How Does Someone Get Saved?

“You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”

James 2:19

From Alex,

How does someone get to heaven? What is the requirement for admission into the Streets of Gold? What has to happen in order to bridge the gap between a human and God? Many religions claim to know. Many religions (particularly Islam, Judaism, and Christianity) claim that the relationship between humanity and God has been severed and needs to be reset, but what do they say must take place in order for that to be completed?

See, almost all religion can be summed up in one sentence: humanity, through grit, inner-strength, and self-righteousness attempts to earn their way or prove themselves to god (or to gods). This statement, however, stands in shady contrast to the method of salvation found within the Christian Scriptures. Shown numerous times throughout both the Old and New Testament, the way someone goes about mending their relationship with God isn’t by stirring their inner-good-person to follow the rules. The situation described by the Bible is one where all people, everywhere, are absolutely incapable of “earning” anything in the sight of God. Hence, “When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). There are many calls to obey and submit, yes, but is submission and obedience the same as “following the rules” and “sticking to the books”? Not according to the text. The Word describes all people as in a helpless position, in the sense that, no matter how hard someone tries, they cannot do anything to make God love them more or do anything that makes God indebted to them.

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How Can I Share My Testimony?

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

2 corinthians 5:20

This past summer I had an amazing opportunity to travel across the world and share my faith with those who have never heard the name of Jesus. In doing so, I gradually learned how to effectively share my testimony so that others would see the forgiveness of sins that is in Jesus Christ. I was taught a method that I shared with many believers in remote areas who needed to be discipled.

This method is simply called the 2, 3, 4 method. There are 2 parts to the Gospel: Your story and the story of Jesus. Remember that your story is only a part to the whole, much like a slice out of an apple. Your story is important, but keep it in the context of Christ. Your story includes 3 parts.

  1. Your life before you met/accepted Jesus into your life. When talking to people, tell them about who you were and how you acted before you accepted Jesus into your heart. In Acts 26:4-11 you can see Paul’s life before Christ.
  2. Next you share about how you met Christ and your transformation. Paul talks about his encounter with God on the road to Damascus in Acts 26:12-18. Many of us probably don’t have a story like Paul’s where God appeared to us on a road and blinded us, but some of us do. The fact is, however you met Jesus is just as important for Paul as it is you and I.
  3. Finally, the life you live after you accepted Jesus in your heart is what you share. Compare it to your previous life before Christ. Tell how you were once dead in sin, but now have assurance of eternal life. This part of Paul’s testimony is in Acts 26:19-23.

Sharing your testimony is crucial when you are trying to share the gospel with a neighbor or friend. Your story may be similar to theirs. They may be able to relate to your life before Christ, which may spur them on to learn more about this Jesus you are telling them about. Constantly practice sharing your story with friends and family so that you will be ready when God presents you with an opportunity to share your testimony.

Now, the second part to the Gospel is Jesus’ story. There are 4 parts to the story of Jesus.

  1. Judgement- We all face judgement for the sins in our lives. Romans 3:23 states that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are all born with a sin nature and can do nothing on our own to fix this issue. Hebrews 9:27 says that “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” We will all be judged.
  2. Repent– Jesus taught us that we must repent- turn away from the sin in our lives. We must realize that we are all sinners and chose to run from that sin. In Matthew 4:17 Jesus said “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Without repentance, their cannot be turning away from sins, and therefore no forgiveness.
  3. Death– Through judgement and the knowledge that we have all sinned, it is then evident that this will lead to death. We all deserve death, both spiritual and physical. Romans 6:23 says that “The wages of sin is death.” The Bible tells us that Christ died for all; in Romans 5:8 it says that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ took death so that we don’t have to, he brings us hope!
  4. Resurrection/ New Life- Christ did not stay dead. He rose from the grave, conquering death and sin, enduring the sin so that we don’t have to. If we chose him, he will stand for us on judgement day, taking our sin and shame so that we can spend eternity in heaven with him. John 3:16 says that “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life. We have an inheritance in heaven with Jesus.

It is always important to talk about the story of Jesus when sharing the Gospel and your testimony. Make sure who you are talking knows that your new life is only possible because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, taking our sin and our shame.

Apply It!

Pray that God would give you 3 people this week that you could share your testimony and the Gospel with. Practice sharing your testimony with your family to figure out what you will say. Take courage and remember that God’s word will never return void! Follow his voice and share your story with those around you. If you don’t tell them, who will?!

What about those who have never heard the Gospel?

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

~ Romans 1:18-20

From Caleb,

Would God really send those who have never heard the Gospel to hell? Let’s talk about it, because this a question that believers and non-believers share alike!

Let’s look at an example…

Hunter: “Do all people really go to hell if they don’t confess Jesus Christ as their Savior?”

Alice: “God makes it pretty clear throughout scripture that all have fallen short of glory and that the wages of sin is death. I would recommend taking a close look at the book of Romans.”

Hunter: “Yeah. I get that. I know all that stuff. But let’s just say, for example, there was a guy on a remote island, and no one knew he was there, so no one could share the Gospel with him. This guy, when he died, would he go to hell?”

Alice: “Sadly, yes. But let me explain why…”

“But let me explain why…”

I’m sure that our friend Alice would answer somewhat along these lines: The truth is yes, and God makes it clear through the apostle Paul why in Romans chapter 1. 

From Romans, we are shown that these people, even though they have never heard about God, have already had the truth and knowledge of God revealed to them through creation by God himself. Because he has so obviously demonstrated himself through everything that exists, God tells us that these people are “without excuse”. 

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This means everyone, no matter the circumstance, is separated from God, and without trusting in Christ to save us from our sins, we will spend eternity separated from him. This even includes the person on the island that has never had the opportunity to hear about Christ.

“Some may think that this is simply a hypothetical situation, its normal, but it’s not, this is real life for 3.14 billion people.”

Some may think that this is simply a hypothetical situation, its normal, but it’s not, this is real life for 3.14 billion people. There are 3.14 billion people that haven’t even heard the name of Jesus, so you need to keep that in mind when answering this question. Most people, when they ask this question are waiting for you to say that they will go to hell, that way they can, essentially, roast you by saying “See! God is an angry, unjust God! How could he call himself good and loving when he does stuff like that!”

Be prepared to answer that response. My reply to that would then simply be that by God doing this, he is able to call himself just and holy. He is just because he puts in place consequences for sin. He is holy because sin cannot exist in his presence. Sin cannot exist in his presence because he is perfect and without fault. He is light, and in him and around him there can be no darkness. However, he has made a way for us to be made right with him. Based on this, you can say that he is both just and good. 

Not only has he made a way for us to be restored back to him, but he has also made it abundantly clear through creation. Because he has made it clear through things such as creation, Paul says these people have no excuse for the sin in their hearts. These people are still guilty of sin, and God cannot be in the presence of sin. As Christians, this knowledge should break our hearts. This should motivate us in our walk to share the Gospel unconditionally with people in our nation and abroad. This is Christ’s grand design!

The Catalyst

THE CATALYST – December 8th @ 11 am

The Catalyst (1)

“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”

~ Acts 4:31

Throughout scripture, we can see that when the people of God want to see crazy thing happen, they come to him in cooperate prayer, continually. This is what we want to see the Lord do. We want to see God change the hearts of the students in our schools back to him!

On December 8th, you will gather at YOUR school with other students and begin prayer walking around the campus at 11 a.m.. Adults are welcomed to the event as well!

Adults, go pray for the school that your children attend or attended. Take time to invest in that school by praying with students as well!

Home-Schoolers, pick a local school to go pray around, or if you participate in a co-op, go there!

Through The Catalyst, we seek to unite believers in the community with one another all for the sake of advancing the Kingdom. Use this opportunity to build community with one another: go out to lunch or hangout with one another after the event!

Following the first event on December 8th, you will meet again EVERY SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH at the SAME TIME.

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Someone Loves You Who You Don’t Know

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever should believe in him will not perish, but have everlasting life”

-John 3:16

From Ben,

Wow! Well that is exciting that someone who I don’t even know loves me. Your first questions may be, “Is she/he cute?!”, “What do they like to do?” “How do they know me, and why do they love me?”. Well I would ask the same things, only to find an incredible answer. An unexpected answer. A wild surprise! Do you have any idea who this may be?

It is Jesus! The bible tells us that Jesus loved us even before we were born. That is crazy. After pursuing God for many years, and making mistakes, the true love that Jesus has for me and all of humankind is unfathomable. How could someone love me even when I don’t obey them, and when I choose my way first? Only an eternal, all-knowing, perfect, pure, and all-loving God can do that. In fact, God loved us so much that he sent His ONLY son to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. His son is Jesus.

Here is another amazing part, Jesus did not run from the will of his Father, which was to die a gruesome death to take our sins as a Holy sacrifice… then to rise 3 days later to show His defeat over our sin and death. Why on earth would someone I don’t know and who doesn’t know me willingly die for me? Well that’s the thing, He DOES know you. In fact, He knows you better than you know yourself.

God created the Earth and its foundations, and Jesus was there with him in the beginning. God says that He knew us and knitted us all before our birth. Wow! God designed me, and not only that, he designed me in His image! He really must love me to do that. Not only this, but He says he will love us forever, and because of that, is coming back some day!

Jesus promised that the day will come where he will return riding on a cloud and bring those who decided to trust Him to a place where he has prepared a place for them. So Jesus’s love is so great that He is coming back to get us! He hasn’t forgotten about us, he loves us! And he promises he will be back soon. So what does this mean for us?

Well, the first part is realizing that Jesus loves us. Understanding the width of his love is almost impossible, but we do see that love in his dying for our own sins. See, once we realize just how devastating our sin is, we begin to grasp the love Jesus has for us. He took ALL OF IT, all the sin in the world. Can you imagine what kind of weight that would be on you? But Jesus took it, and he took it to the grave. But because of His love, he wanted to give us the chance to spend forever with Him in heaven one day. So he rose from the dead, defeating our sin. What do we do?

We must repent. Turn away from our sins. Jesus defeated them, so we don’t need to wrestle and try to make up for them now. Then we believe, and follow His commands. By believing, we say “Jesus you can have my life, I live for you now”. And in that belief, we find JOY in following his ways over our own. By the way, His ways are not meant to be easy, but they bring the only source of true joy.

I pray that each and every one of you will one day come to know this Jesus much more personally. That you can have a relationship with Him, because He really does love you, and he will be back to bring those who love him home.