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Summary: God’s Plan of Salvation

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Follow The Instructions

I remember getting my first model for Christmas when I was 8 or 9 yrs old. On t/outside, top & all 4 sides, picture this beautiful car. Was 1967 Corvette (new at t/time). Inside box, set of instructions. #1, identify all parts - who needs to do that? I’m putting wrong pieces in the wrong places. #2, break off pieces as you use them - why wait, break em all off. Now I’ve lost 3 pieces. #3, put together with a small amount of glue - OOPS - pieces smeared with glue, my fingers are stuck to t/engine, pieces glued to the floor. #4, carefully paint the assembled car - you have seen my writing!

When I finished, my car bore no resemblance at all to t/car on the box.

WHY? Didn’t follow the instructions.

High School - 1968 Chevy Impala - losing pressure in t/cylinders, valves & valve seats needed to be ground so they there would not be a gap. Dad & I tore engine apart, took t/heads to a machine shop, had t/work done, brought home to put back together. Bought a torch wrench, so we could tighten to the specifications. Didn’t read about t/order the bolts should be tightened. Tighten them up left to right, but when started, bluish white smoke pored from the tail pipe. Radiator fluid getting in ylinders, gap between heads & block. We did not tighten bolts properly. Did all over!!!

Again, had problems because we didn’t following the instructions.

I’ve gotten better at putting things together, bikes, toys, even a home made Doll House for Mandy several years ago.

Once in awhile, I find myself trying to do something my way instead of following the instructions & it always turns out wrong.

1.000’s of High School Seniors are currently making plans to attend college. It’s hard to believe but the process probably began 2-3 years before. Which classes to take, SAT or ACT tests, campus visitation, application & enrollment deadlines, processing scholar-ships, etc. etc. ad nausea!

If you forget or do not complete one of the steps, you won’t be accepted.

WHY? Not follow the guidelines for admission.

Let me make a spiritual application:

If you want to follow God and be His disciple then the same principle applies: You must follow His instructions.

You can choose to go about it your own way, but if you do, then the promises stated are not guaranteed.

Let me mention one more thought as a prelude, there are passages in the Bible, our spiritual instruction manual which are like your VCR programming manual, they are difficult to understand.

But the passages that tells us how to become a Christian ARE NOT!

There is no difficulty or ambiguity. It is clear.

1. Hear

I’m curious: by a show of hands, how many of you who are Christians were told or heard from family (grew up)?

Person outside?

Goes without saying, yet the scriptures remind us as Christians that no one will come to know Christ, unless someone tells them.

Romans 10:14, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? How can they believe in t/one of whom they have not heard? & how can they hear w/out someone preaching to them?

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