Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Much worse and much better

In preparation for a Bible study I am leading tonight I came across this...

The true Christian message never simply preaches a list of 'dos and don'ts' because we can never be saved by righteous things that we have done. The Christian message is much worse news and much better news than that. A Christian has come to understand that, in the past...
  • they deserved God's punishment but now they have received God's kindness, love and mercy.
  • they messed up their life with selfish, hateful, rebellious sins, but they have been given a clean new start
  • they were guilty of sin, but now they have been justified
  • they were headed for death and judgment, but now they can look forward to eternal life.
taken from The Holy Spirit: Understanding His Work in Our Lives by Pete and Anne Woodcock