The Gospel

From Grace Community Church of the Valley


What It Means to Be a Christian
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in the Bible.

God Is Sovereign Creator
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

God Is Holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3); therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, You shall be holy, for I am holy.

Mankind Is Sinful
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: There is no man who does not sin (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn't mean we're incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we're utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10-12).

Sin Demands a Penalty
God's holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That's why simply changing our patterns of behavior can't solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.

Jesus Is Lord and Savior
Romans 10:9 says, If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Even though God's justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ's death satisfied the demands of God's justice, and Christ's perfect life satisfied the demands of God's holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).

The Character of Saving Faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), pursue Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30; John 17:3), and obey Him (1 John 2:3). It isn't enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don't love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).




Gospel Presentations in Various Languages
You can find the Gospel presentation in various languages on the Local Outreach Teachings page.



12 comments:

  1. In one of your posts you stated "Jesus hates hypocrites." Where in the Bible does it say that? You are very knowledgeable regarding the scriptures so please assist me. Thank you

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    1. Hello Anonymous,

      Thanks for asking for the verse addresses. I appreciate it.

      First, God (Jesus) hates sinners. He is not in heaven ruefully shaking His head going "Aw, that scamp!" He HATES sinners. Here are the verses stating this,

      Psalm 5:5, Psalm 11:5, Lev. 20:23, Prov. 6:16-19, Hosea 9:15

      Hypocrisy is a sin. Jesus hates it. All of Matthew 23 is His screed against hypocrisy. The section is called "A Warning Against Hypocrites".

      Other verses describing the hate for hypocrites and the sin of hypocrisy are Isaiah 29:13, and in Matthew 7:15 where Jesus called them wolves and warned against them, and here, inspired by the Spirit (Who is God, who is Jesus) Paul calls them evil. Romans 12:9. In Matthew 7:3-5 Jesus addresses hypocrites again and warns against them.

      There are more. You can do a topic search for hypocrites and see. Hope this helps

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  2. You probably mean, "Jesus hates SIN," not "sinners" :)

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    1. No. I MEANT "Jesus hates sinners." We are so overloaded with 'love' messages we forget that Jesus hates sin AND the people who perform it. The Bible is clear. Jesus hates sinners. Is that offensive to people? Sure. But sinners offend God.
      https://carm.org/does-god-hate-anyone

      Psalm 5:5, "The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,"
      Psalm 11:5, "The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates."
      Lev. 20:23, "Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them."
      Prov. 6:16-19, "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."
      Hosea 9:15, "All their evil is at Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels."

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  3. Hum, interesting. But it's hard to not look at the NEW Testament and see multiple verses talking about the Love of Christ for sinners. Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we WERE yet sinners, Christ died for us." Also John 3:16 and so on. When we are outside of Christ (lost, not saved) we are the "enemies of God." If God didn't love sinners, He would never have sent His son to be the "propitiation" or substitute for our sin (1 John 2:2). Believing that God hates SIN yet LOVES the sinner is not a watered down Gospel by any means. It is the incredible love of God that brings about true repentance (salvation) and creates a fervor to serve Him out of love. 1 John 4:19 "We love him, because he first loved us." I'm so glad Jesus made Himself a friend of sinners...but He never condoned the sin - "go and sin no more." May we have that same Christ-like love for sinners and plead with them to turn to Jesus and be healed. God bless you as you write this blog for His glory!

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    1. I agree with what you say and the verses you shared. Thanks for verses, by the way.

      I'm bold in saying God hates sinners so as to avoid the cliche that "God loves sinners but hates sin." It is unwise to separate the two.

      It usually startles people when I say that God hates sinners. We're so used to love-love-love that it's good to be reminded that in His holiness, He hates, too

      Is it true to say we should love the sinner and hate the sin?

      https://www.gty.org/blog/B160205/love-the-sinner-hate-the-sin
      http://www.gotquestions.org/love-sinner-hate-sin.html

      He does love sinners, He loved the rich young ruler who rejected Him to his face. In Mark 10:21 we read “Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him.”

      So I agree with you completely. I agree with me, also. ;)

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  4. Matthew Henry Commentary
    5:6-11 Christ died for sinners; not only such as were useless, but such as were guilty and hateful; such that their everlasting destruction would be to the glory of God's justice. Christ died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; and we were yet sinners when he died for us. Nay, the carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself, chap. 8:7; Col 1:21. But God designed to deliver from sin, and to work a great change. While the sinful state continues, God loathes the sinner, and the sinner loathes God, Zec 11:8. And that for such as these Christ should die, is a mystery; no other such an instance of love is known, so that it may well be the employment of eternity to adore and wonder at it. Again; what idea had the apostle when he supposed the case of some one dying for a righteous man? And yet he only put it as a thing that might be. Was it not the undergoing this suffering, that the person intended to be benefitted might be released therefrom? But from what are believers in Christ released by his death? Not from bodily death; for that they all do and must endure. The evil, from which the deliverance could be effected only in this astonishing manner, must be more dreadful than natural death. There is no evil, to which the argument can be applied, except that which the apostle actually affirms, sin, and wrath, the punishment of sin, determined by the unerring justice of God. And if, by Divine grace, they were thus brought to repent, and to believe in Christ, and thus were justified by the price of his bloodshedding, and by faith in that atonement, much more through Him who died for them and rose again, would they be kept from falling under the power of sin and Satan, or departing finally from him. The living Lord of all, will complete the purpose of his dying love, by saving all true believers to the uttermost. Having such a pledge of salvation in the love of God through Christ, the apostle declared that believers not only rejoiced in the hope of heaven, and even in their tribulations for Christ's sake, but they gloried in God also, as their unchangeable Friend and all-sufficient Portion, through Christ only.
    Romans 5:8 Commentaries

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  5. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men
    loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19
    Clearly God hates the sinner.His Justice can do know other thing.To focus on the Mercy of God and at the same time ignore his Justice is to present a lopsided and untrue gospel.As the Lord God has said, "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion". Romans 9:15

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  6. How about God hates UNREPENTANT sinners? Just asking.

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  7. Does god hate sinners because it means that when we sin that we are showing that we do not love god?

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    1. I don't know for sure, but you seem to be getting very close to the nut of the problem.

      Question: "Does God hate? If God is love, how can He hate?"
      When the Bible does speak of God’s hatred, the object of His hatred is sin and wickedness. Among the things God hates are idolatry (Deuteronomy 12:31; 16:22), child sacrifice, sexual perversion (Leviticus 20:1–23), and those who do evil (Psalm 5:4–6; 11:5). Proverbs 6:16–19 lists seven things the Lord hates: pride, lying, murder, evil plots, those who love evil, false witnesses, and troublemakers. Notice that this passage does not include just things that God hates; it includes people as well. The reason is simple: sin cannot be separated from the sinner except by the forgiveness available in Christ alone. God hates lying, yes, but lying always involves a person—a liar—who chooses to lie. God cannot judge the lie without also judging the liar. More here, https://gotquestions.org/does-God-hate.html

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