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The Exchange  “How Would You Describe Your Relationship With God?” – Scriptures in the ESV translation…

How would you describe your RELATIONSHIP with God?  – 100% Sure?

What do you think it takes to have a relationship with God and live with Him forever in heaven?

Are you 100% sure that all of your sins are forgiven and that you’re going to heaven?

“ I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” – 1 John 5:13

May I show you from the Bible how to have a relationship with God?



God is HOLY!  –  and cannot tolerate our sin.


God’s Purity

God is “of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong “ – Habakkuk 1:13a

God’s Reflection

“…sin is lawlessness –  1 John 3:4b  –  “Thou shalt not…”lie…steal…commit adultery… (Exodus 20:1-17)

Man’s Dilemma

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23

Imagine a contest…

God Is JUST  –  and cannot overlook our sin.


God’s Standard

“The wages of sin is death…”  –  Romans 6:23a

God’s Judgment

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” –  Matthew 25:41

Man’s Destiny

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Imagine a judge…

God is Loving – and has reached out to us.


He has provided a way for us to be close to Him that satisfies His holy/just nature.

Who would you say Jesus is?

God’s Son

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth”.– John 1:14


God’s Exchange


Our Substitute

“ For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…”  – 1 Peter 3:18a

Our Righteousness

 For our sake he (God) made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Our Full Payment

“…the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” –  1 John 1:7b

“It is Finished”

Man’s Deliverance

“Christ died for our sins.. and…was raised on the third day”   – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

  ____Record         _______ Jesus’ Record
   > Lying                   > Holy
   > Coveting             > Just
   > Stealing              > Accepted by God
                                  > Free to live with God

God is Gracious – and offers salvation as a gift!


God’s Gift

“ For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9


“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”– John 1:12

Man’s Decision


BELIEVE  –  “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,”– Acts 16:31


Imagine Bondine and the wheelbarrow


Imagine two chairs – transfer dependence/trust


Three Elements of Saving Faith


God cannot tolerate or overlook my sin.  He gave His life in exchange for mine, and wants to give me eternal life.

I choose to receive Jesus’ Exhange – my sin and its penalty for His record and eternal life…

I am a sinner and need a Savior.



“unless you repent, you will all likewise perish “  Luke 13:3

Changeof Mind

Imagine a point of no return…


Do you believe that Jesus loves you and will give you forgiveness and eternal life if you ask him?

Then are you willing to receive him right now?

Dear Jesus,

I have sinned against Your holy nature and deserve judgment in hall.  I believe that You loved me enough to die in my place.  Please forgive my sins, exchange my sinful record for Your holy one, and give me eternal life in heaven.  Thank you, Jesus.  Amen

100% Jesus!




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