A Gospel Presentation

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Scripture teaches there are three problems common to all people. That is, each of us has...

  1. An evil and deceitful heart (a heart that breeds evil and deceives others, like that of a snake)
    • Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?
    • Psalm 58:2 In your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. 3 Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies. 4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra
  2. An impure and idolatrous life (a defiled past filled with idols of self, gods of your own making)
    • Ephesians 5:5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God
    • 2 Corinthians 6:16a What agreement has the temple of God with idols?
  3. A lawless and rebellious spirit (daily rebellion against God’s law, a life of chaos and hypocrisy)
    • Psalm 78:8 and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
    • Matthew 23:28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Ezekiel 36:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Above the Prophet Ezekiel declares to us the work of Christ:

  1. To take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (26) the heart of Jesus Regeneration - an act of God giving new life enabling us to see, understand, and respond to Spiritual things
    • John 3:3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
    • Colossians 2:13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
  2. To wash you of all your filth and you will be clean (verse 25) the righteousness of Jesus Justification - an act of God covering our sin by Christ’s blood
    • Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool
    • Romans 5:9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from God’s wrath.
    • Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit
  3. To put His Spirit within you and give you a holy life (verse 27) Sanctification - a work of God to daily grow us in holiness, the holiness of Jesus
    • Ephesians 5:26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word
    • John 15:4 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” That is, without Jesus you have no future, with Jesus you have a new heart, a new Spirit and a new life
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Confessing Christ, Lord & Savior

If you identify with the above problems and believe that Christ is indeed the only solution, please cry out to God in prayer as follows:

Dear God, I confess I am separated from you by my sin and that on my own effort, I can never fellowship with you. I believe you provided the way of salvation through your Son Jesus, who had no sin, but died on a cross to pay the debt my sin created. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and that by calling upon His name in sorrow for my sin, I ask Him for the heart of Jesus, the righteousness of Jesus, and the holiness of Jesus, with the forgiveness of my sin and His personal gift of eternal life.

  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
  • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
  • That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 Now share this good news with others!

You may wish to note the date when you prayed this prayer as your Spiritual birhtday.

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