Begin with prayer: “God, I ask you to speak to me through your Word, the Bible. Speak to my heart to understand what you want to say to me. Amen.”
How did we get into this relationship with God?The following verses will help you understand what God says is now true of your relationship with Him. After you read the verse, the question that follows will help you notice what that verse says.
(The little numbers in front of each sentence designate “verses” and is simply a numbering system created long ago to help Christians refer to specific sentences in the Bible.)
12Yet to all who received Him [Jesus], to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
Q – How does a person become a child of God?
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You might think that you chose to believe in Jesus, much like choosing a car to buy or choosing a political viewpoint. But the following shows God’s involvement in your becoming a Christian.
16You did not choose me, but I chose you…
1 Corinthians 1
9God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
4For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. 5In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
Q – In verse 5, what was God’s motivation for choosing us?
4But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
13For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Q – As you look at these verses, what four things has God has done for you?
9Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!
Q – When the Bible says that Jesus saved us, what did He save us from?
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
Q – Is it up to us to earn our salvation?
Q – Can anyone gain salvation by doing good things?
Conclusion: Summarize what these verses have said about God’s involvement in your becoming a Christian:
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