Living for Jesus (adapted for combined script)

Outline: Jesus can help us to do right. Read and obey the Bible, pray, ask for forgiveness if we disobey. Trust Jesus in all things. Adapted for an integrated-script program.

Script Number:362
Language:English
Theme:Spiritual Growth; Forgiveness; Prayer, petition; Word of God (the Bible); Holy Spirit; Cleanse, purify; Faith, trust, believe in Jesus; Power of God / Jesus
Audience:New Christian
Style:Monolog
Genre:Sermon--springboard
Sophistication:General
Purpose:Teaching
Bible Quotation:Minimal
Status:Approved

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Script Text

What does it mean to live for Jesus?

My friends, let me ask you a question. Are you a Christian (follower of Jesus)? Perhaps you are saying, "Yes, we are all taught to be Christians here." But let us look inside our hearts. Have we truly believed in Jesus with our hearts, or do we just believe with our heads? Are we trusting in what our parents have done for us, or in the good things we have done? Or have we asked God to cleanse our hearts and to make us His own children? Let us be sure that we are on the road that leads to God's home.

When a person opens his heart to receive Jesus as His Lord and Saviour, many good things happen to him. At that moment all his sins are forgiven. The Holy Spirit comes to live inside him and helps him to do what is right. He becomes a child of God. God becomes his Father and helps him and cares for him. We should always love Him and trust Him even when we have sickness and trouble. God is with us all the time, loving us. We should thank Him for the things that come to us because He knows they are good for us. These hard things teach us to be patient and kind.

God showed His great power when He raised Jesus from the dead and made Him live again. He wants to help us with this same power. With His power He will help us to do right. Even when the devil tries to make us do wrong, Jesus will help us to do right. We should show by our lives that we are His children. He makes us like new people who can follow in His good ways. God showed His love for us when He gave Jesus, to die for us, even when we were not His friends. His Spirit in our hearts can give us His love, so that we can love other people who are not kind to us. God wants us to be like Him in all these things. He says in the Bible, "Love your enemies and do good to those who do wrong to you." If you do this, people will see that you are truly God's child, because you have His love in your heart. They will want to follow Jesus too.

It is very important for us to obey God's Word, and therefore it is important to know what He says. We should learn His Words from the Bible and think about them, and every day we need to take time to talk to Him. This is the way we can really come to know Him, and grow in Him. He doesn't want His children to remain like babies, but to become strong in Him so they can be a help to others.

There are many things to talk to God about. We should thank God for giving Jesus to die for our sin. When He did this He defeated Satan and paid the price for the sin of all who believe in Him. When the devil comes to tempt us to do wrong, we can refuse him through the blood of Jesus. When we do this, he must leave us.

If at any time you disobey God, you will be very sorry, but do not be discouraged. Quickly ask Him to forgive you and trust Him to cleanse your heart. Ask Him to help you not to give in to the devil's temptation.

We should thank God for the many good things He does for us, and also for the hard things. He says that He will make everything work together for good, if we love Him.

We should also pray for people who have not given their lives to the Lord. (If we trust God for this, His Spirit will talk to them). We can pray about our problems and our troubles. He wants to help us with everything in our lives. He will answer every prayer that is in His will, but He knows what is best for us. If He does not do what we ask, it shows that He has some better plan.

As we trust Him, He will bring more and more joy to our hearts, and we will learn to believe Him for more important things. The Christian life is being right with God, and having peace and joy in our hearts every day. God bless you as you follow Jesus.