Keep "the main thing" the main thing...
What is "the main thing?" What's the most important thing Scripture tells us we're to believe and be about?
"Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain."
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles," (1 Corinthians 15:1-7).
This message of God's grace offered to sinners is a GIFT we receive by faith...
G = God's Law
God created the world and everything in it for his glory. He gave us a mission and we failed. He gave us his holy Law and we broke it. And so man, by nature, is separated from fellowship with God and deserving of his just punishment.
I = Immanuel (God with us)
No man can fix what man has broken (relationship with God). Only God can. And so Jesus, the eternal Son of God, came and took on flesh, was born a man, and did what no natural man could - he kept God's law perfectly and he suffered on the cross, taking our punishment due for sin, and rose again the third day to break the curse of death sin brought upon us.
F = Forgiveness
The Bible teaches us that if we recognize ourselves as sinners in the sight of God, worthy only of his wrath, displeasure, and punishment for our sin, we can receive the forgiveness he offers through his Son Jesus Christ. Complete forgiveness! He forgives all our sins - past, present, and future and accepts us as righteous through Christ.
T = Thanksgiving
In light of that reality - that we have received a forgiveness we didn't deserve and now have a righteousness that is not ours - we live humble lives of gratitude, giving thanks to the Father for the redemption he ordained for us, thanks to the Son for accomplishing that redemption for us through his sacrifice, and thanks to the Holy Spirit for applying the benefits of that redemption to us. Forgiven people are forgiving people and so we live lives of grace and gratitude, seeking to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. And by his grace and power, he enables us to do it.
Would you like to know more?
Anyone from King's Church would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person and talk more with you about these things. Just contact us and we will make the time.