by Jerry Watts

The Cape of the Christ Follower
Jerry Watts
1 Timothy 4:1-16

For many people, the preacher's job is simple, ''Tell people how to be saved and do it forcefully.'' Admittedly, every time a pastor stands to preach, he should include a call to trust Christ. Sometimes that means giving an entire message to telling people how to be saved. If someone is listening and you never made a decision for Christ, please here God's truth from scripture.

The Bible tells us that ''God demonstrated His own love toward us.'' ''HIS LOVE'' - the word 'love' seems to mean different things to different people, so what does LOVE mean to God? The ''L'' stands for LAW. God has sent us a law which reveals us to ourselves. It's called the Law of Moses or the 10 Commandments. Psalm 19 says, ''God's law is perfect in reviving the soul.'' It reveals to us that we have a need because the ''O'' would reveal our OFFENSE. Did you know that no one can keep all of the 10 commandments? The Bible says, ''All have sinned.'' Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or coveted what someone else has? This is only 3 of the 10 - and these 3 nail us that the ''V'' or VERDICT is GUILTY. The Bible also tells us that the whole world stands guilty before God. Of great importance is the fact that when a person is found guilty, a punishment is given. The Bible says, ''The wages of sin is death.'' This speaks of both physical and eternal death. About now, you are thinking, ''IF this is God's love, I don't think I want it.'' If this was all, then you'd be right, but that last letter, ''E'' represent ESCAPE. The Bible asks, ''How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?'' The answer is, 'we won't escape if we neglect it.' ''God demonstrated His love for us in this, that while we were sinners Christ died for us.'' Knowing we were law-breakers (sinners) and knowing death was the punishment for sin, God sent Jesus to die in our place for our sin, so that we wouldn't have to die and could be made right w ...

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