An Upsurge of Generations (Part 1):
Foundation: the lowest load-bearing part of a building. Mentally all humans have a foundation: something that holds you together, a basis to life. Your foundation in life will determine where you go, the friends you hang out with, what you do when you’re alone, what you think, etc. It will affect everything, all of your surroundings. As followers of Jesus Christ we have a foundation: The Gospel.
J.D. Greear summed up The Gospel well in his book the Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. God, Man, Christ, and Response:
1. God. God is the creator of all things (Gen. 1:1). He is perfectly holy, worthy of all worship, and will punish sin (1 John 1:5, Rev. 4:11, Rom. 2:5-8).
2. Man. All people, though created good, have become sinful by nature (Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 51:5, Rom. 3:23). From birth, all people are alienated from God, hostile to God, and subject to the wrath of God (Eph. 2:1-3).
3. Christ. Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to bear God’s wrath in the place of all who would believe in Him, and rose from the grave in order to give His people eternal life (John 1:1, 1 Tim. 2:5, Heb. 7:26, Rom. 3:21-26, 2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Cor. 15:20-22).
4. Response. God calls everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and trust in Christ in order to be saved (Mark 1:15, Acts 20:21, Rom. 10:9-10).
We are all broken, sinful, and need the gospel to have a relationship with God (Romans 3:23). Through the blood and death of Christ we are made new. If we believe in Christ (John 14:6), every bad thought, all selfishness, every sin ever committed was washed clean through Jesus’s death on the cross. Past, present, and future… blank check, done for.
Throughout the entire Bible there is a theme: God saving us from sin. Through Christ’s death, God gives us a point to live, a hope, and life, through His sovereignty and justice He saves us from an eternity in hell. Forgiven and remade are what we are when we believe. Make your foundation last.
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