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Key Thought:

Salvation is far-reaching.


Key Quote

 "It doesn't matter what you did, what you are doing right now, whosoever believes becomes saved." -Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What was an impulse purchase you ended up regretting?
  • What is your favorite movie quote?
  • What was the make and model of your first car?
  • If you could trade places with someone and live a day in their shoes, who would it be?


Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What does it mean to receive salvation?
  • What does it mean to be in the world and not of the world?
  • How do we earn our salvation? (Note to leader: Trick question. We don’t earn it, nor deserve it.)
  • In what ways can “religion” get in the way of appreciating the gift told in the Gospel?


Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What is your testimony? 
  • What was it like when you finally accepted salvation?
  • How will your life be a testimony that invites others to know Jesus Christ?
  • Tell about a time you encountered a Christian who acted like an unbeliever.


Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for the amazing grace that you gave us in the moment of the cross. Help us to walk in the same spirit that gave us life when we accepted you and help us share with our friends this good news. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Bring 3 friends who don't know Jesus to next week's message
  • If your circle of friends are all Christians, reach out to someone who needs Christ.
  • Find someone to share your testimony with this week.

Scriptures

“...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NIV

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 NIV

Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him...they nailed [Jesus] to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” ..The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed...They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” ...One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”  But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”  And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:32–43 NLT

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

 

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control...Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. Galatians 5:22-25 NLT

 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem...Judea...and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NLT


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