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Becoming Friends with God: 1st Admit; 2nd Believe March 17, 2018
I can have a special friendship with God forever. But do I want to be a friend with God? It’s up to ____. God is the best friend ever. He loves me the same no matter what I do. He always forgives me when I ask (repent). He communicates when I pray & read the B__________. He always wants the best for me. Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…” (Rev. 3:20). Opening the door to Jesus is as easy as A-,B-,C-. I must A__________ my sin and selfishness, B______________ Jesus died on the cross for me, and C_____________ Him as Savior and Lord (Leader) of my life (repent and turn to God).
The first step in becoming God’s friend is to _____________ my sin and selfishness which separates me from Holy God. The Bible says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Rom 3:23) J__________ is the only one who was perfect and without sin. No matter who I am or how hard I try, I can never even come close to being perfect. This is a problem because my s______ and s___________________ put a wall between sinful me and perfect Holy God. Thankfully God has the answer to my sin problem. God sent his only Son __________ to die on the cross to break down that wall. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the w_________ that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever ___________________ in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
All people are capable of a personal friendship with God no matter how young/old, rich/poor, liked/disliked, etc. The Bible says, “We are made right with God by placing our faith (belief) in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who b____________, no matter who we are.” (Romans 3:22) But God will not force me to believe in him. I must c______________ to trust (believe) Him as Savior and Lord of my life. It is up to me. It is the most important decision I will ever make. I must choose carefully & wisely.
Table Prayer: Let’s thank God for His gracious and precious gift of abundant life starting right now on earth and for forever life in heaven when I A-B-C-.
CHALLENGE: Have you chosen Jesus to be the Savior and Lord of your life? If not, do it now; there’s no better time!!
Next “SNA”- April 21st Lakelands Park Middle School
Next “Social” Event - April 22nd – Hershey Park
Memory Verse: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1John 4:7-8)
New Memory Verse: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”