Summary: What are the consequences of sin? Can God "fix" us? is the entire universe cursed?

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#6 – Salvation

SONGS: It Is Well With My Soul

Arise, My Soul, Arise

He Touched Me?

Special Music: He Forgave Me

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12-13

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin…? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19

Salvation is God repairing what sin damaged.

The consequences of Sin:

 Spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1)

 Sentenced to physical death. (Gen. 3:19, Romans 6:23)

 Separated from God. (Eph. 2:12)

 Domination of your will. (Eph. 2:1-3)

 Spiritual blindness (2 Cor. 4:3-4)

 Without understanding (Romans 3:11)

 Enemies of Christ (Matt. 12:30)

 Objects of God’s wrath (Eph. 2:3)

 Considered children of the Devil (John 8:44)

(From “Foundations” -- Warren/Holladay, Zondervan)

In short, sin did 3 things when it entered the world and the human race:

1. Bound your will as a slave to sin.

2. Separated you from God.

3. Damaged God’s creation.

Can God fix all this? Sin has you bound, separated from Him, the entire universe cursed and damaged because of sin?

Salvation is the WHOLE process of God fixing what sin damaged. We’re going to study in the next couple sermons how God will solve the problems through Jesus & the church…

 Problem: Unholy Man

o Solution: Jesus’ death

 Problem: Unholy Society

o Solution: The Church

 Problem: Damaged creation

o Solution: New heavens and a new earth

God knew in his wisdom that all this would happen, so he made a plan to deal with the consequences of sin.

Bring up 3 volunteers.

One is bound to a chair, on one side of the platform.

Islam says, “Work harder! Pray & make pilgrimages! Make yourself better.”

Catholicism says, “Give money, do penance, light candles.”

Humanism says, “You’re not really bound, you just think you are.”

Buddhism says, “Meditate and free yourself –realize there is no chair, no ropes, and really, no you.”

Christianity says, “God sent his Son to free you.”

What is “Salvation?”

Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. Psalm 143:2

But how can a mortal be righteous before God? Job 9:2

We use these words: Saved, born again, forgiven, becoming a child of God, becoming a follower of Jesus, becoming a believer… they all mean SALVATION…

What does it mean to be a Christian?

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