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1 Connecting Business and the Marketplace to Christ

2 Step 1 God s Purpose: Peace and Life God loves you and wants you to experience peace and a meaningful, purposeful life - abundant and eternal. The Bible says We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16... I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly. John 10:10 1

3 Since God planned for us to have peace and life with true meaning and purpose, why are most people not having this experience? 2

4 Step 2 Our Problem: Separation God created man in His own image to have abundant life. He did not make us like robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and freedom of choice. We choose to disobey God and go our own willful way. The Bible calls this sin, which results in separation from God. The Bible says... For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 3

5 MAN Sinful GOD Holy Our sin results in separation from God 4

6 Through the ages individuals have tried to bridge the gap in many ways... without success... The Bible says... There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end leads to death. Proverbs 14:12 But your iniquities have separated you from God; Your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 5

7 Good Works Philosophy Religion Morality MAN Sinful GOD Holy None of our efforts can bridge the gap. There is only one remedy for this problem of separation from God... 6

8 Step 3 God s Remedy: The Cross Jesus Christ provides the only solution to our problem. He died on a cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sins and bridging the gap from God to Man. The Bible says... God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Jesus Christ, Himself man, is between them to bring them together. Living Bible: 1 Timothy 2:5 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father, except through me. John 14:6 7

9 CHRIST MAN Sinful GOD Holy God has provided the only solution. We must make the choice... 8

10 Step 4 Our Response: Receive Christ We must believe in Jesus Christ and receive Him as Saviour The Bible says... For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8,9 If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God realised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 Behold I (Christ) stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in. 9 Revelation 3:20

11 Are you here... or here... CHRIST MAN Sinful Sin Guilt Rebellion Separation Lack of purpose GOD Holy Peace Forgiveness Abundant Life Eternal Life Purpose 10

12 Is there any good reason why you cannot receive Jesus Christ right now? How to receive Christ: 1 Admit your need (That you are a sinner). 2 Be willing to turn from your sins (Repent). 3 Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave. 4 Through Prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit (Receive Him as Saviour and Lord). 11

13 What to pray... Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins. I am willing to turn from my sins. I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour. I am willing, by God s strength, to follow and obey Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life. 12

14 God s Assurance: His Word Did you pray this prayer? The Bible says... For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. Romans 10:13 If you confess with your mouth Jesus id Lord, and believe in your heart that God realised Him from the dead, you will be saved. John 1:12 13

15 Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Where is He right now? What has He promised you? The Bible says... And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; and he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to those of you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 When we receive Christ, we are born into the family of God through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who lives within every believer. This process is called regeneration or the new birth. 14

16 This is just the beginning of your new life in Jesus Christ. To grow in your faith and this relationship you should: 1 Obtain a Bible and read it every day. 2 Talk to God by praying to Him in your own words. 3 Meet, worship and enjoy fellowship with other Christians in a church where the Bible is believed and taught. 4 Tell others about Jesus and what he has done for you. 5 Give of your time, talents and money as you are able. 6 Grow in your faith by meeting with another believer (contact cbmc and we will be delighted to help you with this). CBMC Belfast, 17 Downpatrick Street, Crossgar, County Down BT30 9EA

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