However, this Sunday my hope is to be direct and take dead aim at explaining how God makes knowing Him possible. The friends you bring along with you (you are bringing a friend right?) will receive about a 35-40 minute explanation of the gospel of grace, and in doing so, my hope is also to provide you with a model of how you can also explain the gospel. Here's rough outline of my message that you can use:
1. "...(God) took on flesh and dwelt among us..." (John 1:14)
a. God became one of us to identify with our lives
b. He dwells among us to so we can really know Him
2. The invitation of salvation is for everyone (John 3:16)
a. People no one else wants to relate to
i. Samaritan woman (John 4)
ii. Woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11)
iii. Mary of Bethany (John 12:1-8)
b. People who are low on the totem poll (Peter, James and John - Luke 5)
3. Jesus came to show us truth and grace (John 1:14)
a. He is THE way, THE truth, and THE life (John 14:6)
b. We don't earn anything it's grace
i. unmerited favor
ii. through the death of Jesus
4. Sin deserves death (Rom 6:23), but by trusting in Jesus we get life
a. Why did Jesus die if he didn't sin?
b. He took our sin and we get his perfection! (2 Cor 5:21)
5. Now what?
a. We don't walk with a swagger as if we did anything (humility - Eph 2:8)
b. We don't loathe life as if we are still under condemnation (Rom 8:1)
c. We worship with our whole lives (Eph 2:10; Rom 12:1)
I'll see you and your friends on Sunday!