The Best News
with Dr. Dwayne Mercer
The Bad News
The bad news is that no matter how good you are or how nice you are, I know that you are not perfect. None of us are. The Bible says that,
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Sin is not just breaking the 10 commandments, but anything we do wrong, or think wrong, or fail to do what we need to do.
But let’s take for example the 10 commandments:
- Thou shalt not have no other gods before me.
Have you ever worshiped anything or anyone besides God – placed them first in your life? I know I have.
- Make no graven image? Okay, you say, “I am clean on that one.” But this command is about idolatry – placing something long term in our lives that is the supreme importance in our lives other than God. We have all broken this one. Our hearts are like an idol factory.
- What about not using the Lord’s name in vain? Have you ever broken that one?
- Never work on the Sabbath Day and keep it holy?
- Honor your father and mother – Have you always honored your parents?
- Don’t lie? Have you ever lied?
All of us have broken all of these commandments. The Bible calls it “sin.”
Because of sin, we are separated from God and live broken lives, with broken hearts in a broken world.
That’s the bad news, but that’s not the worse news.
The Worse News
…is that we can’t do anything about it.
“8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9
If I could make myself right with God, then I could go to heaven and brag about it.
But what about the best news? Well, first let me share with you one more thing – the good news.
The Good News
…is that Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave three days later.
…the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
But that’s not even the best news.
The Best News
Eternal life and forgiveness of sin is a free gift from God.
All we have to do is receive it.
“The free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The essence of salvation is to admit that I am a sinner in need of a Savior and then humbly and totally depend on Him for forgiveness and salvation.
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
1. Confess that you are a sinner
2. Believe Jesus died for your sins
3. Humbly surrender your heart to Him as you ask Him to come into your life.
Accepting Jesus’ Free Gift
“… if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
I am a sinner, and I want to be forgiven. I believe Jesus Christ, Your Son, died for my sins and is alive right now. I turn away from my sin and now confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and receive Him into my life. I ask you, Lord Jesus, to control my life and I thank you for giving me eternal life.
We have all sinned and are separated from God.
“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23
“ For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
We can do nothing to remove our sin.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
At the cross, Jesus did for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves. He died on a cross and shed his blood to pay for our sins.
“… the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
Through faith, we freely receive forgiveness and eternal life.
“… The free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23