Lesson Four: Understanding Three Crucial Issues

Body: 

    Lesson #4:  Understanding Three Crucial Issues    

 

Expectations:

  1. Recognize the truth about sin and man’s condition.  
  2. Understand God’s solution to man’s problem of sin.
  3. Realize each individual’s personal responsibility to exercise faith unto salvation.
  • Memorize the three crucial issues and communicate them perfectly when witnessing.

 

Man’s Problem – All Men are Sinners and Sin Separates us From God

    

  • Isa 53:6/Rom 3:10-18, 23/I John 1:8 – God’s truth in scripture reveals that we are all sinners. In light of this truth, we should understand three things about sin; 1) Sin is living a life that is enslaved to the “me first” impulse, 2) The “me first” impulse forces us into conscious rebellion against God, 3) Outward sins are merely the fruit of the selfish life.
    • We demand our own way (Isa 53:6)
    • We defy the will of God (Rom 1:28)
    • We are driven by our selfishness to do wrong things (Titus 3:3/James 1:14-15)

 

  • Gen 2:16-18/Rom 6:23a – Sin separates us from God. This separation defines death. Death is God’s irrevocable judgment upon sin. There are three kinds of death:
    • Physical death is the separation of body from the soul (Heb 9:27).
    • Spiritual death is the separation of my life from God (Eph 2:1)
    • Second death is the separation from God forever in hell (Rev 20:14-15, 21:8)

 

            

God’s Solution – Calvary is God’s Only Provision for Man’s Sin

 

  • With all that bad news, we need some good news. The good news is that God has taken the initiative in dealing with sin. John 3:16-18 – God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross at Calvary.

 

  • I Pet 1:18-19 – We are not saved by our performance. We are saved by grace. There is nothing that we can do, or offer God that is good enough, pure enough, or costly enough. Only what Christ did at Calvary is good, pure, and costly for God to accept. Only my faith in Christ’s work on the cross at Calvary will bring lasting peace to my heart.

 

  • Rom 11:6/Gal 2:21 – Those who attempt or desire to earn salvation by works will fail and remain frustrated. Grace is the only provision that we should not attempt to pollute with our human efforts. I’m not saved by what I do, I am saved by what I believe.

 

Our Responsibility – Exercise Saving Faith

 

  • Heb 11:6 – You must exercise faith unto salvation. Believing that you are a sinner is good. Believing that Jesus Christ and his work on Calvary for the sins of the world is better, but still insufficient. Even the devils believe and tremble. So what is saving faith? Saving faith is claiming by personal choice and relying exclusively upon Christ’s work on the cross to be sufficient payment for my sin.

 

  • The first aspect of saving faith involves a choice. No one will get to heaven against his will. We must lay hold of the promise for ourselves. We must take it seize it, rest upon it. The choice is ours, but the choice must be made (Heb 6:18).

 

  • Second, saving faith involves trust. Faith looks outside the individual, in space and time, to the historic event of Christ’s crucifixion and substitutionary work. We must take the promise of God and the finished work of Christ and make them our own. Christ died on the Cross for my sins!   

 

    

 

Closing thought:  We must master the three crucial issues if we desire to communicate the gospel clearly and simplistically to those that God places before us. Only a liar will claim that they are not a sinner. That is a problem because the wages of sin is death. None of us can approach a Holy God and present any work, performance, or price that is sufficient to purchase our salvation. We must exercise saving faith in God’s provision for our salvation the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary. Lastly, we have a personal responsibility to exercise saving faith by making a choice to trust in (rely exclusively on) God’s solution to our sin problem. Hallelujah! Thank God for Jesus!

 

Assignment:

1. Review John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, and 2 Peter 3:9. Pair up with an evangelism partner to practice these scripture.

2. Learn Jerimiah 17:9, Romans 3:10, and Romans 3:23 word perfect.

3. Learn the three crucial issues in evangelism word perfect.

 

        Lesson #4:  Understanding Three Crucial Issues    

 

Expectations:

  1. Recognize the truth about sin and man’s condition.  
  2. Understand God’s solution to man’s problem of sin.
  3. Realize each individual’s personal responsibility to exercise faith unto salvation.
  • Memorize the three crucial issues and communicate them perfectly when witnessing.

 

Man’s Problem – All Men are Sinners and Sin Separates us From God

    

  • Isa 53:6/Rom 3:10-18, 23/I John 1:8 – God’s truth in scripture reveals that we are all ____________. In light of this truth, we should understand three things about sin; 1) Sin is living a life that is enslaved to the “me first” impulse, 2) The “me first” impulse forces us into conscious rebellion against God, 3) Outward sins are merely the fruit of the selfish life.
    • We demand our own way (Isa 53:6)
    • We defy the will of God (Rom 1:28)
    • We are driven by our selfishness to do wrong things (Titus 3:3/James 1:14-15)

 

  • Gen 2:16-18/Rom 6:23a – ______ separates us from God. This separation defines death. Death is God’s irrevocable judgment upon ______. There are three kinds of death:
    • Physical death is the separation of body from the soul (Heb 9:27).
    • Spiritual death is the separation of my life from God (Eph 2:1)
    • Second death is the separation from God forever in hell (Rev 20:14-15, 21:8)

 

            

God’s Solution – Calvary is God’s Only Provision for Man’s Sin

 

  • With all that bad news, we need some good news. The good news is that God has taken the initiative in dealing with sin. John 3:16-18 – God sent his son, __________ _________, to die on the cross at Calvary.

 

  • I Pet 1:18-19 – We are not saved by our ______________. We are saved by __________. There is nothing that we can do, or offer God that is good enough, pure enough, or costly enough. Only what Christ did at Calvary is good, pure, and costly for God to accept. Only my faith in Christ’s work on the cross at Calvary will bring lasting peace to my heart.

 

  • Rom 11:6/Gal 2:21 – Those who attempt or desire to earn salvation by works will fail and remain frustrated. ________ is the only provision that we should not attempt to pollute with our human efforts. I’m not saved by what I do, I am saved by what I believe.

 

Our Responsibility – Exercise Saving Faith

 

  • Heb 11:6 – You must exercise __________ unto salvation. Believing that you are a sinner is good. Believing that Jesus Christ and his work on Calvary for the sins of the world is better, but still insufficient. Even the devils believe and tremble. So what is saving faith? Saving faith is claiming by personal choice and relying exclusively upon Christ’s work on the cross to be sufficient payment for my sin.

 

  • The first aspect of saving faith involves a _________. No one will get to heaven against his will. We must lay hold of the promise for ourselves. We must take it seize it, rest upon it. The choice is ours, but the choice must be made (Heb 6:18).

 

  • Second, saving faith involves _________. Faith looks outside the individual, in space and time, to the historic event of Christ’s crucifixion and substitutionary work. We must take the promise of God and the finished work of Christ and make them our own. Christ died on the Cross for my sins!   

 

    

 

Closing thought:  We must master the three crucial issues if we desire to communicate the gospel clearly and simplistically to those that God places before us. Only a liar will claim that they are not a sinner. That is a problem because the wages of sin is death. None of us can approach a Holy God and present any work, performance, or price that is sufficient to purchase our salvation. We must exercise saving faith in God’s provision for our salvation the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary. Lastly, we have a personal responsibility to exercise saving faith by making a choice to trust in (rely exclusively on) God’s solution to our sin problem. Hallelujah! Thank God for Jesus!

 

Assignment:

1. Review John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, and 2 Peter 3:9. Pair up with an evangelism partner to practice these scripture.

2. Learn Jerimiah 17:9, Romans 3:10, and Romans 3:23 word perfect.

3. Learn the three crucial issues in evangelism word perfect.

 

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