October 2011 - Where it all begins!

Read together: Luke 5:17-26 "The story of the man who was lowered through the roof in
front of the feet of Jesus"

Jesus stories are special to us, the little man Zacchaeus, the blind Bartimaeus, the woman
with blood disease, the man at Bethesda pool, the woman at the well, and many more. They
tell who God is, they tell how valuable each person is, they show us the way to heaven and
they show what's important and what matters in life!

1. Your sins are forgiven

Jesus meets the lame man with the words: Luke 5:20 Your sins are forgiven
People struggling with guilt, shame, anger, impurity, self-loathing ...
What is our message? You are a sinner, or 'Your sins are forgiven!
We must rediscover the gospel and understand what Jesus has done!
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself
Col 2:14 having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was
contrary to us
From God's side, each person is reconciled to Christ. But each person must personally accept
the gift of salvation.

2. God's way is simple and powerful

There were many religious leaders in attendance, and the religious way leave burdens on
Luke 5:21-23 And the scribes and Pharisees began to speak together
Luke 3:4-6 5 And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough ways smooth; (Isaiah
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us
who are saved it is the power of God.
How is a person saved? -By doing good deeds? -By confessing their sins? - By praying the
salvation prayer? No, by accepting what Jesus has done!

3. A new beginning

Luke 5:24-25 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive
sins (he said unto him that was palsied), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go
unto thy house. 25 And immediately he rose up ...glorifying God.
It all begins with Jesus - a new start and a new life!

In conversation:

1) What is the Gospel?
2) What requirements are there for man to be saved, viewed from God perspective?
3) What requirements are there for man to be saved, viewed from our perspective? (Key
words: sin, confession, repentance, salvation, prayer, good works) Are there any
4) Are there any differences between the answers that you gave the questions 2) and 3)?
Why? Are we humans "stricter" than God?



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