An Important Message of Hope

The world in which we live today is not the world God intended men and women to enjoy. God’s desire was for men, women and children everywhere to enjoy Him, enjoy His creation and live in harmony with each other. His desire was that as we lived under Him as our Creator and God, we would experience life to the full.

However, as you look around, it becomes painfully clear that something went terribly wrong.

This page is a simple presentation of what went wrong and God’s remedy. He has not forgotten the men, women and children of this world. He has not forgotten you!

Please consider what you read very carefully. Of all the messages that you will hear on life’s journey, your response to this message is the most important and urgent.

01 Good NewsQ1: Do you know what the Good News is?

The Good News is about God and you.
This message from God to you is written in the Bible.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel (good news), because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16a)

02 Who IsQ2: Who is God? Who is Jesus?

God is the CREATOR of our world and the SOURCE of all life. There is only one God. Jesus Christ is God’s Son and God has appointed Him as Master over all His creation.

God said, “I am the LORD and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.” (Isaiah 45:5a)

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

03 First Men WomenQ3: Where did the first man and woman come from?

God CREATED man and woman to rule over the earth and live in perfect harmony with Himself and each other. He also created them to worship Him and live under His authority.

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:27-28)

“…“It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” (Luke 4:8)

“He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)

04 ObeyQ4: Did they obey God?

No. They rebelled against God and lived a self-centred life. The Bible calls this ‘spirit of rebellion’ sin.

“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; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:11-12)

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4)

05 ConsequenceQ5: What was the consequence of their rebellion?

Once sin entered the world, it affected everyone who has ever lived, since Adam and Eve. God is gracious and merciful but He is also just. He cannot let sin go unpunished.

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.”
(Romans 5:12)

“The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.” (Numbers 14:18a)

06 DeathQ6: What is the punishment for sin?

The punishment for sin and rebellion is death and judgment resulting in eternal separation from God.

“For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a)

“Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment.”
(Hebrews 9:27)

“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord…” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)

07 What To DoQ7: What should we do?

God calls on everyone to repent. To repent means to admit we have been wrong about or ignorant of God and ask God to enable us to stop rebelling against Him and be willing to turn away from our sinful (rebellious) ways.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30)

08 Is That AllQ8: Is that all we need to do?

No. When we truly repent God enables us to also believe in His Son Jesus Christ and what He did for us.

“’The time has come,’ he (Jesus) said.’ The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news’ ” (Mark 1:15)

“I (Paul) have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21)

09 BelieveQ9: What did Jesus do for those who believe in Him?

Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He lived sinless life. When Jesus died on the cross He was punished in the place of sinful men, women and children so that they could be set free from the punishment which they deserved. This free gift is called salvation.

“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)

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,” (1 Peter 3:18)

10 Eternal LifeQ10: What happens when I believe in Jesus Christ and accept His gift?

Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, believers are restored to fellowship with God. We are given a fresh start in life and have a relationship with God that will last forever. As God appointed Jesus as Master of His creation, believers must live in submission to Him.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

11 RefuseQ11: What happens if we refuse to repent and believe the Gospel?

If we continue to rebel against God by not accepting Jesus’ gift, we are still under God’s condemnation and judgment. “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son..” (John 3:18)

Q12: What is your response? God is calling you to come to Jesus.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

12 ResponseQ13: Do you want to talk with God?

Lord Jesus,

I recognise that You are God and that You have the right to control my life. I have rebelled against you through my thoughts, words and actions; sometimes unconsciously, sometimes deliberately.

I am sorry for this.

I believe that You died in my place to take the punishment for my rebellion.

I ask you to forgive me. I receive Your gift of salvation. I will turn away from rebellion and obey you.

Please come into my life and take control.

Thank You Jesus.

Q14: What do you do now?

A Christian is a person who follow Jesus to serve Him.

To find out what Jesus wants us to do, we can read the Bible. As you read the Bible, God talks with you.

And you can talk with Him just like a friend, by praying.

You also need to be a part of a community with other Christians to help encourage you in your new life. Come along to a service at one of Ipswich Lutheran Church’s locations and experience community in a place where love comes to life. Also – make sure you tell one of the Pastors or staff about your decision – we would love to rejoice and celebrate with you.

Feel free to move through the other pages in next steps as you learn more about community, the bible, prayer, and baptism.

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