Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
Date: January 28, 2018
Series: Intentional Evangelism for Normal People
This Week’s Printable Resources:
Overview of this Lesson
My Mom is priceless. If she sees a movie that impresses her, she is going to tell us about it. You don’t have to ask, “what is that about?”
She will often start with, “well, it begins with title credits rolling across the screen naming all of the actors, producers, executive producers, cinematographers, editors, composers, writers, casting directors, and directors who worked on the film. Do you want to know their names?”
“No, that’s ok.”
“Well, the story begins with …”
Trust me when I say that if there are any spoilers in the film, it’s too late. By the time my Mom is finished, you will know the story of this movie.
My Mom isn’t the only person like this. Most of us can retell the story of a movie in detail. Movies make an impression upon us.
How many of us, however, can tell the gospel story? If you mentioned the gospel to someone and they asked, “what’s that about?” would you be able to tell the story?
That’s what this lesson is about.
This week we will study the issue of gospel fluency. As in previous lessons, this week draws from the book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out by Alvin Reid. He will show us the gospel in two ways: the essence of the gospel and the story of the gospel.
The essence of the gospel is the gospel in it’s simplest form. You can easily remember these elements in a couple of sentences.
The story of the gospel connects it with the overarching story of the Bible, from creation to restoration. In short, the gospel is the story of the Bible.
The purpose this week is to understand these two elements—the essence of the gospel and the story of the gospel—so that we can easily share with anyone the gospel message with fluency.
Memory Verse for This Week
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – “For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, . . .”
Humanity (John 3:16): We believe all people are born separated from God by sin, but God in his love sent his Son Jesus Christ as their savior.
This Week’s Take Home Truth
“To go and share the gospel spontaneously, I need to know and love the gospel insatiably.”
- Think about a favorite movie. Why do you love it so much? How does it move you?
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
Make sure you ask this question this week. It gives people the opportunity to discuss questions or issues that come up beyond the written questions. People’s responses can often lead to one of the questions in the “Digging Deeper” section. Also, some weeks this question will result in a lot of discussion, other weeks, not so much.
In this section, feel free to develop your own questions to help guide your group’s discussion. Below are some suggestions. Remember, if you are hearing from everyone in your group, chances are you won’t have to time to discuss every question. You may start with one that catches your attention so you don’t run out of time. For example, it’s not odd to start with Question #6, then go to Question #5 and if you have time come back to Question #4.
What is the gospel message? Reflect on Luke 24:44-48 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. As a group, identify what you see as the essentials of the gospel message from these two passages of Scripture.
Luke 24:44–48 (ESV)
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.
In this passage, you can see two ways we can understand the gospel. The first gets to the very heart of the gospel, the center of it all: the announcement of the death of Jesus, the sinless son of God, and His glorious resurrection for us (v. 46), and how, by repentance and faith, we can experience a new birth (v. 47). In the middle of our faith, we have a bloody cross and a glorious resurrection! We read this repeatedly in places like Romans 5:8 and 2 Corinthians 5:21. The Gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John unpack this in breathtaking detail.
1 Corinthians 15:1–4 (ESV)
1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
Here, the Apostle Paul also shows us the very essence of the gospel: Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again (vv. 3–4).
How does the gospel relate to the entire Bible?
Alvin Reid explains,
While our gospel is not less than this, it is more, or what I call the gospel as an epic story. The entire Bible unpacks the larger, glorious story of the gospel. Look at these passages again. In Luke’s passage, Jesus starts by explaining to the disciples everything in Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. What’s he talking about? What we call the Old Testament. This was the Bible of the first century. Jesus demonstrates here how the gospel is central to the entire Bible, not just to the Gospel writers. And what about Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians? Note how twice Paul says “according to the Scriptures”; that is, according to the Old Testament.
Most of us also have some knowledge of the whole biblical message and how the work of Christ relates to all Scripture. But most of the people with whom we have gospel conversations—and this is crucial—do not have such knowledge. They need to understand the gospel from the second way, from the perspective of the whole Bible. They need to see the story of Jesus is as big as the Bible itself, the story of Jesus is bigger than our times and our individual lives, or even the spiritual aspect of our lives alone.
We have a tendency today to make the gospel of Jesus more about what happens after we die than how we live today. Praise God it is about the afterlife! We have eternal hope. We have victory over death, hell, and the grave. But we also have hope in this life. The gospel changes us both eternally and daily.
The gospel is not only a message for the church to take to the world; it’s a message for the church to take to heart personally. It’s a message so big it takes the whole Bible to see it.
The Bible is amazing: sixty-six different books penned by a variety of writers over centuries. But all the thousands of stories in the various places involving myriads of people tell one great story in one expansive metanarrative, one overarching grand narrative: that God created a beautiful world, with humankind central to his great design; that sin came through the fall and has brought a world of brokenness; that God set apart a people through whom a rescuer would come, Jesus who redeems us through his death; and that we who come to God through repentance and faith have the hope of a restoration, where we will live in the very presence of God.
Earlier in this lesson, we reflected on some of our favorite movies. How does your favorite movie reflect God’s epic in Scripture?
Alvin Reid explains,
What’s your all-time favorite movie? Think of just one. Why do you love that movie? I’ve asked that question of thousands of teenagers and college students over the years. Young people love movies, after all (so do I). I get all kinds of examples, from action movies (think The Avengers or Star Wars) to great epic tales (Lord of the Rings), or romantic comedies. We love movies and the stories they tell.
What if I told you the very reason novels grip us and movies move us is directly related to the grand gospel story of the Bible? We live in a world that has lost the story of the Bible (and many in the church have as well). I have found explaining the gospel story helps unbelievers to see the big picture of God’s salvation, but it does more: it encourages believers to share this great story with others. Missionaries overseas have done this a long time with people who don’t know the Word. We tend to put the gospel in such overtly religious and ecclesiastical categories many lost people don’t see its beauty and wonder.
Stories follow plotlines. I want to review three popular storylines for you. We see these in books and film again and again, each told with its own nuances.
- Man falls in a hole. This storyline (often called Overcoming the Monster) starts off with the main character doing well, but he falls in a hole of some sort, that is, he gets into a predicament, he has some evil thing or person cause him distress, or he finds himself in some other version of calamity. He cannot save himself, so ultimately a rescuer comes to get him out of the hole and back to well-being. Think of the Die Hard movies, any of the Marvel films, or any other action adventure film. We love stories that depict the evil and brokenness we see all around us, but we love even more the rescue and restoration that follows. Good storytellers take that simple storyline and rivet our attention and affections with how they tell it.
A version of this story is Kill the Dragon, Get the Girl, where some evil creature or person wreaks terror among people but at the end a hero kills the creature and rescues the damsel in distress. My daughter, Hannah, and I loved the movie Taken with Liam Neeson, which followed this storyline.
- Boy meets girl. This is the classic romantic story, made extremely popular in recent days with romantic comedies like Hitch, The Proposal, Along Came Polly, and a host of other often-cheesy movies featuring actors like Ben Stiller, Will Smith, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, and others. (I’m not endorsing them; just saying.) It includes romantic dramas such as The Vow.
There’s a guy and a girl who somehow meet. A chemical reaction begins between them. Then you see two things depicted in these films. First, guys are dumb. Really dumb. The guy doesn’t get the girl’s hints, or does something dumb to hurt her feelings. They named a movie titled Dumb and Dumber about two guys, after all. Then you realize a second feature: girls are crazy. The girl overreacts, goes drama queen, and the movie continues with the two almost figuring things out, until the end when they actually do, and, to quote another movie in the genre, Love Happens.
- Rags to riches. This is the story of Cinderella, or The Princess Diaries, or the favorite of Hannah’s and mine from years ago, What a Girl Wants. Sadness ultimately leads to a rescue and restoration beyond the wildest dreams of the star of the story.
Why do I use these examples when talking about sharing the gospel? Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger help us to see why through the eyes of two literary greats, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien:
A conversation once held between colleagues C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien speaks to this innate human desire for being part of larger-than-life stories, quests, and victories—the draw of our hearts toward “myths,” which Lewis said were “lies and therefore worthless, even though breathed through silver.”
“No,” Tolkien replied, “they are not lies.” Far from being untrue, myths are the best way—sometimes the only way—of conveying truths that would otherwise remain inexpressible. We have come from God, Tolkien argued, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they do contain error, still reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily toward the true harbor.
These stories touch us because they speak to us, albeit imperfectly, where the gospel has the power to change us, to move our hearts toward the one who truly rescues and restores. We want a life of joy. We know something has gone wrong. We love and admire a rescuer, and we want a happily ever after, a rescue and a restoration. These stories touch us because they relate our lives to “the greatest epic the universe will ever know—God reconciling all things to himself in Christ.”
You can see that sharing Christ is helpful when we relate the gospel to truth we can see every day, whether in the stories we love or the design we see. This is so vital for a culture that no longer knows the story of the Bible. We don’t need to choose between the specific, propositional statements of gospel truth and the glorious story of the Bible. But we do need to help people see both the truth of the gospel and the great story of God’s redemptive plan.
My friends at Spread Truth Ministries (spreadtruth.com) have developed a wonderful tool to help believers see the whole gospel story of the Bible and share the good news of Jesus with others. The booklet they created called The Story has been a helpful tool for me.
Read more about The Story at viewthestory.com or download the app.
A few years ago I began realizing in my own witness how people I talked to didn’t seem to get the point of the gospel. It seemed more “churchy” to them than a message that would impact all of their life. I wanted to help people—especially young adults I interact with a lot—to see the great big picture of God’s plan and how their life related to God’s glory. In recent years I’ve seen more unchurched young adults come to Christ through sharing the whole gospel story than with any other approach. The gospel story offers a guide to help explain the gospel based on where the person you are talking with is at the moment. I will be unpacking this throughout the book, but let me walk you through this here.
There are many wonderful tools and apps you can use to help you share Jesus more confidently. Unfortunately, sometimes evangelism training unintentionally focuses too much on doing the evangelism program just right, rather than really knowing the gospel so you can share it in a conversation.
If you are at a church that uses a certain tool, such as “The Gospel Journey” by Dare2Share Ministries, “Two Ways to Live,” any of the free tools from The Way of the Master Television, or the courses offered by Christianity Explored, for instance, the principles in this book can help you share Christ using any of these and more. I also use the Life on Mission: 3 Circles conversation guide from the North American Mission Board (SBC). It’s another way of using the gospel story through circles. I’ve often drawn the three circles on a napkin at a coffee shop, and earlier this month I led a young man to Christ doing just that. My friend Jimmy Scroggins first developed this excellent approach while reaching unchurched people in South Florida. I want you to learn the gospel is more than a tool, although tools that center on the gospel can help grow our gospel fluency. We all need a baseline of gospel understanding to have conversations about Jesus, and tools like these can help.
Look at the story of the gospel. What are the four major points of the gospel story plotline? Can you see how they relate to movie plotlines?
When you put a puzzle together, you start with the border, since a framework makes the rest of the image make sense. The grand narrative of the Bible follows the plotline of creation, fall, rescue, and restoration, the framework of Scripture that “frames up” our world and our greatest need as well as God’s answer to that need: Jesus. This gives us foundational information that allows us to converse with others about him. Four key words frame this grand story.
When starting conversations about Jesus, it helps to talk about things we pretty much all agree on. It’s easy for me to start with creation because I love animals and the outdoors.
“It’s a beautiful world, isn’t it?” I’ve asked this question all over the world: from Buddhist monks in Chiang Mai to young men in Cape Town; from philosophy students at Aristotle University in Greece to unchurched young adults in a Raleigh restaurant. I’ve asked it of strangers on a plane and friends in my neighborhood. To this point no one has disagreed with me, because it is a beautiful world! This is obvious, coherent, and real.
When you want to get away, where do you want to go? Not to an office building. No, we all want to go to the mountains, the beach, or the forest. It’s refreshing. Why not talk with people about that? It may lead to conversations about hunting, fishing, photography, or a myriad of topics.
The gospel story doesn’t begin in a manger. It begins before the beginning, when God alone existed. Too often the gospel is shared today almost like one more self-help plan. Have you noticed one of the largest sections in a bookstore is self-help? Books abound to help you remake yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, financially, professionally, and spiritually. Most of these have enough truth and practical help to hook the reader, but most also miss the deepest issue underlying our most fundamental need, to be reconciled with our Creator. These books sell millions of copies but tend to preach a false gospel of self-sufficiency and personal happiness: “You can change your life, and we can help!”
We have to be careful not to make the gospel sound like that. Panning the lens of our gospel understanding to a Bible-wide view helps us to talk about Jesus in terms of all of life, not just our immediate situation or our spiritual lives alone. I’ve met too many unchurched and dechurched (formerly churched who chose to leave the church when becoming adults) who see the church as irrelevant to their spiritual quest because they see a less-than-grand view. We want people to see the love of Jesus is more boundless than the ocean, the glory of God more resplendent than the stars above, and being forgiven and restored to our heavenly Father more magnificent than any quick-fix attempt to make us happy. The American Dream pales in comparison to the wonder of knowing our Creator.
The American Dream pales in comparison to the wonder of knowing our Creator.
This is why the gospel story commences in Genesis 1 with God and the creation account. God—not you, not me—is the unequivocal center of the story. The Gospel of John, a treatise on salvation (see John 20:31), begins with creation as well. When Paul gave us a thorough explanation of the gospel and our salvation in the book of Romans, where did he start? Not with sin, though we tend to start at Romans 3:23. He starts with creation in Romans 1:20: “For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world.”
God made a beautiful world, but he did something more. He made us unique, in his image (Gen 1:26–27). He gave us stewardship over the rest of creation and made us similar to but unlike anything else.
As I continue my conversation with my unbelieving friend, I mention how we as people are unique in all of nature. Again, no one has disagreed with me on this. We are different rationally. Ants build a hill and bees a hive; beavers make a dam and birds build nests. But we build cities, space stations, and cell phones, and discover the Internet. We also ask questions, like “Why?”
We differ artistically. Birds sing songs; we write symphonies. We build museums and create all forms of art.
We differ in our roles. We exercise stewardship over creation, as noted above. We work with a purpose. (Work came before the fall, by the way.) We were given the mission to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth for a greater purpose: to worship the God who made us.
We alone were made to worship and obey the one true God. Everyone worships. Some worship their intellect or a variety of idols, but make no mistake, we all worship. As the church father Augustine said in a prayer: “You made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
We have an insatiable appetite to find purpose, to live a life that matters. God built that into each of us. We want to live for something bigger.
As I talk with people about our beautiful world and our uniqueness, I then ask, “But something has gone wrong in our world, hasn’t it?” It’s pretty easy to talk about the obvious brokenness all around us; it’s a part of everyone’s life. Talking of sin by starting with the brokenness we see all around us and moving to its personal effects keeps people from becoming defensive with the “oh, no, one more Christian telling me I’m a sinner” look. Often the person with whom I’m talking will bring up examples of brokenness in a conversation. Death, disease, and all sorts of turmoil in the world are easy to see.
As we talk about brokenness and sin, we should become very vulnerable, describing the struggles we have and still face. I may talk about my artificial hip and back issues, or how I’ve been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, which can be annoying. We all have struggles, and it’s vital we Christians not sound like we have everything together and we have become sinless. We are forgiven; we are not flawless.
I explain how sin has affected everything. Sin is not a collection of our mistakes; it’s the very reality that we are in rebellion toward God and cannot save ourselves (Rom 3:10–23). When I’m talking with someone, I relate this to young children: no parent has ever had to teach a child to disobey, right? We have to teach children to obey, as disobedience is in our very nature. Think of anything noble you have sought to do. You’ve never met a person who perfectly stuck to a diet, or a workout regimen, or who gave 100 percent of their best to every single assignment in school forever. We all have a slacker tendency built in to us. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, / Prone to leave the God I love,” as the hymn says.
Because of sin, we are in rebellion to God, facing eternity separated from him in hell. We were created for glory, but we stand in judgment. This is the not-good news people must see to embrace the beauty of the good news in the cross.
After talking about this, I like to say, this is why Jesus came: not mainly to get us to curse less or lust less, or to get us to attend church more regularly. These are some of the effects of the gospel, and many in and out of the church have confused the essence of the gospel with its effects. Too many times people see Christianity as a group of religious people trying to impose their moral code on them. They know what we are against. We excel at articulating that. But, we don’t want people we meet to see Christianity as mainly a moral code to follow. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for that approach to serving God. It’s true when we meet Jesus our behavior is changed. But that’s not all. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:16–17 we are totally remade, a new creation, when we are saved. We see the world differently, and we respond like Christ; an aspect of that is our moral change.
Many in and out of the church have confused the essence of the gospel with its effects.
What if people who don’t know Christ who know Christians saw us less as moral police, and more like Joseph, who was imprisoned for no crime, and yet continued to walk with God through his years in jail until he became second to Pharaoh? Joseph had a different perspective, that God intended his life ultimately to bring good (Gen 50:20). What if we imitated Paul who was imprisoned for preaching the gospel? Chained to a soldier, Paul considered the soldier chained to him, and rejoiced he had a captive audience to talk about Jesus. How could Paul rejoice even while being in prison (see Phil 1)? Paul certainly talked about moral change, but he always did so out of the context of larger gospel change, and that change included everything—spiritually, relationally, emotionally, financially, physically, and morally—all aspects of our life are changed by the gospel.
A powerful, recent demonstration of the gospel’s power to bring change came in 2015, but not from a famous evangelist or a megachurch pastor. It came from family members in a small African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Roof shot to death nine people in a racially incited massacre. But when relatives spoke to Roof at his court appearance, they spoke of forgiveness and called on him to turn to Christ. “I forgive you,” Nadine Collier, daughter of a victim, said. “I forgive,” added another, who stated, “Give your life to the one who matters most: Christ.” People need to hear the message of the gospel; they also need to see its remarkable change.
Jesus Christ didn’t come to make bad people good, but to make dead people live!
As I talk to a lot of people who in their minds have been burned by the church and are interested in spiritual things but wary of the church, I want to be clear in explaining the wonderful grace of Jesus that changes our perspective on everything. The essence of the gospel is something far greater than behavior modification. Jesus Christ didn’t come to make bad people good, but to make dead people live! I have met too many who don’t understand grace, God’s unmerited favor toward us through Christ.
When I’m sharing Jesus I explain some of the terms describing what Christ has done. You and I were guilty before the judgment bar of the righteous God, but by Jesus’ death we are declared justified, or not guilty. We owed a debt from sin we could never pay, but Jesus both paid the penalty for our sin debt and offers us an inheritance we could never earn, called reconciliation. We who were slaves to sin have been set free from slavery: we’ve been redeemed, a slave market term. I could speak of so much more, of salvation, and adoption, and a new birth.
Just now, typing these words, I want to tell someone about my Savior! Do you see how preaching this to ourselves regularly can help us to share it with others effectively?
Just like how we love it when the hero in a movie rescues those in danger, we love the thought of being delivered from sin. All those storylines I mentioned above are reflected in the work of Christ. We are in a hole; only Jesus can get us out. We seek a relationship that lasts with one who loves us perfectly, and Jesus is the One. We are all in rags, paupers wrecked by sin, but Jesus will give us the riches of glory by faith.
Remember “Kill the dragon, get the girl”? Jesus defeated the works of the devil, that old dragon, on the cross. One day, he will present the bride of Christ, his church, at the wedding feast of the lamb. Kill the dragon, get the girl.
The reason we love stories with a happily ever after, and the reason Hollywood makes movie after movie with this ending, is because we all yearn for this. Most young people today don’t think a lot daily about the afterlife, but we all want our lives to matter. And when we do think about forever, we want it to be a happy ever after. God has prepared a place for those who love him that is beyond our ability to comprehend. We are stuck with human language, so the best we can say is it has streets of gold. It’s so much grander than that.
Jesus is going to return one day and take his bride, all believers, to a new heaven and earth. We will be in the very presence of Jesus, the one who saved us and walks with us. Take hope in that fact.
In the meantime, we walk on this earth with a commission to take this glorious good news to others. It’s a blessing more than a burden, and the more we see how great our salvation is in Christ, the more this becomes obvious.
In June, about three months ago as I write this, I had the opportunity to meet a server in a local restaurant. As I had lunch with Michelle and some of our young professionals from church, I asked Mary if we could pray for her as we prayed for her meal. This led to further conversation where she admitted she was trying to sort out just what she believed. She agreed to meet with me along with some young pros at a local café. I simply walked through this gospel story, and she trusted Christ! She had little church background and knew next to nothing about the Bible, but the story of the gospel made sense and described the longing of her heart.
If you are new at this and sharing Christ has not been a part of your lifestyle, it’s okay to take baby steps. You can order a gospel booklet like The Story from the website noted previously, or the 3 Circles from namb.net. Simply give the booklet to another person and say something like this: “This is a little Bible study that explains in a few pages the story of the whole Bible. Look it over and let’s talk about it soon.” Leave it with them, and pray for God to use that. Don’t say, “Read this tract, you heathen.” I’ve seen believers lead someone to Christ for the first time by starting with a booklet like this.
Think through how you can naturally make a connection between your favorite movie and God’s redemption of the world. Practice sharing that story with yourself this week in preparation for sharing it with others.
These questions are given to prompt both reflection and learning on a personal level, and should likely be completed individually and apart from your regular group time.
Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, what’s the most important thing to remember?
Becoming A House of Prayer
“Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices; Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” – Isaiah 56:7.
Set aside a portion of your Lighthouse for prayer. This week pray for:
- God to continually grow your understanding of the wonder of the gospel.
- God to grow your desire to share the gospel with others.
- God to give you his love for those around you.
Questions to consider as you continue to reflect on what you learned this week:
- Take Action: Do you have an authentic, growing relationship with God? Are you talking to him daily? Are you reading his Word regularly? Does a relationship with him excite you?
- Take Courage: In Psalm 103, David is stirring himself up. He’s reminding himself of God’s faithfulness and kindness. How have you experienced God’s benefits? Spend some time each day this week remembering specific ways you’ve experienced God as great, glorious, good, and gracious. Maybe it was that time you were laid off and each month—despite the fact that there was less money coming in than bills to be paid—you were somehow able to pay each bill in full. Maybe, after years of prayer, you finally met the person who would become your spouse or you were able to have children or you landed your dream job. Maybe it’s finally seeing fruit bear in a severed relationship after decades of investing and waiting on God. Maybe it’s remembering the ways God showers us with his love in the details of our lives—the rainbow after a funeral, the call from out of the blue from a friend when you needed it most, a surprise check in the mail that met a need you’d never mentioned.
Work to memorize this week’s memory verse: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – “For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, . . .”
Our Core Belief this week is Humanity (John 3:16): We believe all people are born separated from God by sin, but God in his love sent his Son Jesus Christ as their savior.
Remember to use the daily Bible reading plan as part of your walk with Christ, taking the time to reflect on each passage and what it means for your lives.