Main Idea: If you pay for a free gift, it is no longer free.
Verse: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV).
Illustration: Once there was a husband who gave a beautiful
Main Idea: Putting your faith in Jesus is more than just believing Jesus once lived.
Verse: “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” (James 2:19 NLJV)
Illustration: Have you ever heard of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln? They were both
Main Idea: Putting your faith in Jesus is like sitting in a chair.
Verse: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).
Illustration: (Point to a chair) Do you
Main Idea: God is perfect and He cannot tolerate any sin in His presence.
Verse: “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalms 18:30 NKJV).
Illustration: Once there was a famous conductor who was asked to direct a world class orchestra. He chose a famous piece of music and the orchestra gathered
Main Idea: To be saved, you must let go of what you are trusting in and grab onto Jesus.
Verse: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:30-31 NKJV).
Illustration: One time there was a man
Main Idea: Explains why believers in Christ are called Christians.
Verse: “the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26 NKJV).
One day a man carrying bananas walked by a house in Central America. A woman cried out, “Hey, banana man!” His name is not banana man. Why
Main Idea: When Jesus died on the cross, He took the punishment we deserve.
Key Verses: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through
Main Idea: When a person is caught sinning, he or she often tries to make an excuse, but the reality is that no excuse can justify a person’s sin.
Verse: “Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate” (Genesis 3:12 NKJV).
One day my wife
Main Idea: Everyone has sinned and done things that are wrong.
Verse: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8 NKJV).
Illustration: When I was a child, my mother baked some cookies. The house smelled so good and I wanted one of the
Main Idea: Jesus took our place of punishment.
Verse: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Illustration: One time there were two brothers. One brother murdered a man and came home with blood all over his clothes.
Main Idea: Jesus is the only one way to heaven.
Verse: Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV).
Illustration: I once heard someone say, “All religions ultimately lead to God.” But, think about this question
Main Idea: Jesus was a baby that changed the whole world.
Verse: “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4 NKJV).
Illustration: Once upon a time there was a village. In the village there lived many men. They were always mad at each
Main Idea: In order to be saved, we need to put our faith in Jesus Christ.
Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).
Illustration: Once there was
Main Idea: No matter how many good things you have done, one sin is enough to send you to hell.
Verses: “There is none who does good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12 NKJV).
“For the greatness of your iniquity Your skirts have been uncovered, Your heels made bare. Can the Ethiopian change his skin
Main Idea: Sin is a big problem and that is why we need a great Savior.
Verse: “We all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath…” (Ephesians 2:3 NKJV).
Illustration: How often do you sin in
Main Idea: Jesus died a horrible death so we could live for eternity.
Verse: Jesus “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness…” (1 Peter 2:24 NKJV).
Illustration: A man was sentenced to a horrible death. He was to be buried
Main Idea: Jesus defeated the devil and all the devil’s power is gone.
Verse: “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19 NKJV).
Illustration: A snake came into my living
Main Idea: God was willing to pay a high price to redeem you because He thinks you are valuable.
Verse: “You are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31 NKJV).
Illustration: In Africa, a groom must pay a bride price to a woman’s father in order to marry a woman. Usually, this
Main Idea: The only thing that can wash away sin is the blood of Jesus.
Verse: “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6 NKJV).
Illustration: A smelly man came to visit me. He needed a bath so bad. He wanted to hug me and talk to
Main Idea: We cannot see God, but we know He is there because we can feel Him.
Verse: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV).
Illustration: A boy in Pakistan was flying his kite very high, so high it could not be seen. A man asked him, “How do you know your kite is up there?”