The Gospel Story
Outline: Straightforward message - God's love; His power, holiness, wisdom.Creator; eternal. His plan of salvation - Jesus. Jesus' birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection. Eternal life is given to those who receive Him. Concentrated.
|Theme:||Redemption; Love of God; Nature, character of God; Life of Christ; Salvation; Faith, trust, believe in Jesus; Punishment for guilt; Gospel, Good News; Jesus, Our Shepherd; Eternal / everlasting life; Children of God|
|Audience:||Muslim; Hindu; General; Children|
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Let me tell you about the One Who loves us more than anyone else in the world could love us. Yes, His love for us is greater than that of our mother or father. He is the most powerful One, the most holy One, the richest One, and the wisest One in all the world. He is the Creator of the world and the One Who owns everything in the world. He has always lived, and He always will live.
Two thousand years ago God looked down on the world and saw that the people were very wicked and that they were getting to be more wicked every day. He knew that they must have a Saviour to save them and a Shepherd to lead them. So Jesus said, "I will go and live on earth and save my people from their sins." In heaven Jesus shared everything with God. They were One in substance. All that the Father had, Jesus also had. What was God's will, was also Jesus' will. So Jesus left all that He had and went down to earth. There He was born into a poor home. In fact He was born in a little outside barn, for there was no room for them in a house.
Jesus grew up as all small children. He obeyed His earthly parents and loved His real Father, God, with all His heart. When He was grown He went out to preach to the people about God. He told them that if they would believe in God and receive His Son to be their Saviour from sin they could have eternal life in heaven. Some of the people believed Him and invited Him into their houses, but many of them treated Him very badly. They were cruel to Him and hated Him because He told them that they were sinners. Finally they took Him and nailed Him to a cross. Even there He said, "Father, forgive them." He had the power to escape from their hands but He loved them, and all the people of the world so much that He wanted to take on Himself all their punishment. He let them torture Him, and finally He died.
But since He was God, He arose from the grave after three days and later went back to heaven. Now salvation is a gift. As many as receive Jesus as their Saviour receive eternal life. When we receive Jesus as our Saviour He sends His own Spirit into our hearts to keep us from sin. When we trust Jesus as our Saviour and thank Him for taking our sins away, we become children of God. His children love Him and follow Him.