Principle 4: our response
- We must “receive” Christ by believing what the Bible teaches about His life, death, and resurrection
- We receive Christ through faith, not through works
- We experience love and freedom when we receive Christ
- We enter into the family of God when we receive Christ
1. We Must "Receive Christ"
But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
We have not just been saved from the penalty of sin, but we have been welcomed into the family of God as heirs. The adoption papers have been sealed and stamped with His promise, even as flawed and unworthy people.
2. We Receive Christ Through Faith
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
pause and reflect
Write a note: How would you define the word grace?
- Intellectual assent is believing something to be true.
- Trust is actually relying on the fact that the something is true.
- Intellectual assent is recognizing what a chair is and agreeing that it is designed to support a person who sits on it.
- Trust is actually sitting in the chair.
What does it mean to be saved by grace through faith?
Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” What do you think that means?
3. We Experience Love and Freedom When We Receive Christ
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Jesus | John 10:10
- forgiveness instead of shame,
- a family instead of isolation,
- and purpose instead of meaninglessness.
4. We Enter the Family of God When We Receive Christ
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:19
how you can receive christ
You Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him. Revelation 3:20
What’s the difference between these two circles?
invitation to pray
What does that prayer really mean?