Choosing Christ : Choosing Christ Christadelphian Presentation Questions : Questions Why should I choose Christ?
How do I go about choosing Christ?
What does choosing Christ mean I then have to do?
Can I change my mind later?
Shouldn’t I wait a bit longer? Pre-amble : Pre-amble This is a great decision.
You add a dimension to your life.
It’s the right thing to do all things considered.
It’s not a bad decision considering the alternative. Why Choose? (1) : Why Choose? (1) I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live Why Choose? (2) : Why Choose? (2) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Why Choose? (3) : Why Choose? (3) If you don’t consider yourself to be a sinner, don’t choose Christ.
If you haven’t chosen Christ, you don’t consider yourself a sinner. Why Choose? (4) : Why Choose? (4) James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Why Choose? (5) : Why Choose? (5) You have got to want to change!
If you don’t want to change, walk away – don’t treat church as a social club. Accentuate the Positive : Accentuate the Positive OK, so sin and death are negative themes.
Maybe you don’t want negative reasons to choose Christ. Life-Changing Decision 1 : Life-Changing Decision 1 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Life-Changing Decision 2 : Life-Changing Decision 2 Choose Christ because he is the way to God
Choose Christ because he embodies God’s truth
Choose Christ because he offers a way of life Jesus – way to God : Jesus – way to God For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus You already know in your heart that God exists,
otherwise you would not be in this room. Jesus – the truth : Jesus – the truth God created heaven and earth.
God has a plan for the world
God’s plan is centred on Israel and the promised land
Jesus is future king of a kingdom that God will establish with its centre in Jerusalem Jesus – the Life : Jesus – the Life This I say, therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walked, in the futility of their mind, Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; And they having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. Jesus – the Life 2 : Jesus – the Life 2 I urge you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your Spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Jesus – the Life 3 : Jesus – the Life 3 The greatest problem that we face in living the life that God commends is human selfishness. So the first thing we must learn is the need for submission to God’s will. Jesus – the Life 4 : Jesus – the Life 4 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person, or covetous man who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God. How do I go about choosing Christ? : How do I go about choosing Christ? Confession
Acceptance and Belief
Baptism Confession : Confession That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Repentance : Repentance Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Surrender : Surrender To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word. Acceptance and Belief : Acceptance and Belief But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. Baptism : Baptism “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” What does choosing Christ mean I then have to do? : What does choosing Christ mean I then have to do? What’s different about a Christian?
Prayer and Worship
Life Can I change my mind later? : Can I change my mind later? YES, but…
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Shouldn’t I wait a bit longer? : Shouldn’t I wait a bit longer? What gets in the way of commitment?
What excuses are given?
What reasons are given? Recreation : Recreation Work : Work Life : Life Doubts : Doubts Doubts
Science and the Bible
Historical Criticism of the Bible
Social and Psychological Explanations of Religion
Philosophical Problems – e.g. suffering More than this… : More than this… So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Conclusion : Conclusion Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Time to go home and put off choosing Christ : Time to go home and put off choosing Christ Or…Any Questions : Or…Any Questions Slide 35: Yes, great… No? …. OK, Bye. : No? …. OK, Bye. What’s for supper?