I hope you are having a lovely day. I am extremely excited to be having a sweet sister in Christ share a beautiful blog post with you. A little about Crystal:
Hi, I’m Crystal, I am wife to husband Michael, mother to 3 growing kids- Anna, Grace &
When I am not at home taking care of my family you will most often find me at my church. There I serve in AWANA as a leader and I am happy to help with anything else that needs to be done. I will join our ladies Bible study group as often as I can. I love to be able to dig into Scripture and share it with friends.
God’s Word is my greatest passion. I studied Theology (Bible) at Dallas Christian College where I had the best professors (I am a little partial) who not only taught me about the Bible but because of them, I fell in love with God’s Word. I enjoy drawing and painting when I can squeeze it in. When you mix a Bible student with an artist you get me, many of my recent paintings reflect whatever I was studying at the time. I am enjoying this because when I show my paintings I am then able to share my passion, God’s word.
God’s greatest story of grace the story of Salvation.
The Gospel is the most amazing story of love that you will ever find. It is simple enough for a child to understand and so that is how I am going to talk about it today. Not that you are a child but there is no point in making complicated what is simple.
God made everything, including you and me. In fact, we are God’s beloved creation made in His very image. He loves us deeper and wider then we can ever imagine.
The Bible is the story of His great love for us from Genesis to Revelation.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth – Genesis 1:1
You are worthy, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being -Revelation 4:11
no matter who you are you can see that this is an imperfect world. It is imperfect because of something the Bible calls sin; because of this sin we are separated from God because of sin we deserve to go to hell and be separated from God for eternity.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God -Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord -Romans 6:23
God loves us so much the He sent Jesus.
Jesus was born of a virgin, a miraculous conception and the only way He could be born sinless.
Jesus did many signs and taught while He walked this earth proving that He is God.
He was betrayed by one of His closest friends. This was allowed so that He might be our perfect sacrifice taking the punishment we deserve for our sin.
Jesus was beaten and hung on a cross though He was the only one who has ever been and will ever be sinless.
After He died this horrible death, His body was then taken and placed in a nearby tomb, guarded by Roman soldiers. But just 3 days later something amazing happened, the tomb was opened reviling it was empty!
Jesus had done what He said he would and rose from the dead!
He defeated the power of sin and death… He made away for us to be free and now able to join Him in heaven one day. There is nothing we can ever do to be good enough or pay for our own sin it is only through the shed blood of Jesus that we are forgiven.
For God so love the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life -John 3:16
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us – Romans 5:8
For by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not of works, so that no one can bost. -Ephesians 2:8-9
All we must do is believe and accept His free gift of eternal life.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. -John 14:6
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9
You may have grown up in church or maybe you have never walked through the doors of one it doesn’t matter, God loves you! He made away for you to live with Him eternally in Heaven.
I will ask you this one question; has there ever been a time when you have accepted this free gift of salvation from your sin?
If you have and know without a doubt that you are saved, great!
But, if do not know of a time that you have done that then allow me a minute here to explain how you can do just that.
You can simply pray,
God, I admit I am a sinner and I deserve to go to hell for my sin,
I believe that you sent Jesus and that He paid the price for my sin.
I chose today to accept the gift of salvation you have offered me
and want to live with you forever in Heaven.
Please forgive my sin, come into my life and change me, teach me to follow you for the rest of my life.
in Jesus name Amen
If you have prayed this for the first time I encourage you to find someone you know is a Christian or just walk in the doors of a church, go tell someone.
I promise you there is nothing that will bring them greater joy then you sharing this. I would love to hear from you too!
I told you it is not complicated simple enough even a child can understand and yet it is the greatest story of grace ever told. God loved us so much that He made a way to save us from our own sin and now He offers us the gift of salvation.
I was a young girl when I accepted this gift. I will share my story of salvation next time.
Be sure to check out Crystal’s blog.