Our Message

Our nation is battling the worst health crisis in my lifetime—Covid-19. At the time that this is written, we are still trying to recover as a nation from the effects of this virus. Just in the United States alone, we have watched hundreds of thousands of our neighbors become sick and many have even died. Maybe you know someone who got infected by the virus because it has touched every life. The health scares. The businesses that have been shut down. The social distancing. The economic impact it has had on our nation’s financial picture.

But if you look back in history, you will see other times when other pandemics have ravaged a nation or even an entire continent. For example, the Black Plague, sometimes called the Black Death, came to Europe in 1347. It is estimated that over 200 million people lost their lives in just four years. London, England never caught a break from the Black Death. It kept coming back every 20 years for about 300 years. Smallpox has been responsible for deaths in the tens of millions. In more recent history, we had a flu pandemic at the turn of the twentieth century. The Spanish flu in the early 1900s cost over 200 Million people their lives. And we can add to this list such diseases as Aids, the Swine Flu, Ebola in West Africa, and now COVID-19.

But there is a disease, a virus that is far worse than any health pandemic that our world has ever had to fight against. You see, in all of these, there were only pockets of the world population that was infected, and thankfully the death rate was never 100%. There are people who got Corona, or Swine Flu, or even Aids, and did not die. They survived it. There are large population groups that have been spared by some, if not all, of these diseases. But there is a virus among us, that has infected every single person born, and it will eventually take the life of every person that it infects. That disease is sin.

SIN. 

That is such an ugly word. But it is the greatest problem in the world. Sin is in the heart of every individual. It has a 100% fatality rate. And no man has ever been able to produce a cure in some scientific lab. It’s not something that has cursed just one generation, but it has cursed every generation from the beginning of time. Sin is what separates man from God. It’s what condemns a man’s soul to hell. Sin is what brings death to this world.

Ecclesiastes 7:20

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doth good and sinneth not.

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 John 1:8

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.



You may have excellent health and a strong immune system. You may never contract an infectious disease. But you are a sinner. And the Bible is clear that sin brings death.

Romans 5:21

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Every cemetery, every obituary column, every death certificate, testifies that death comes to us all. But when the Bible speaks of death, it is not just the physical of our body. There is what the Bible calls a second death.

Revelation 20:14-15

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:8

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

It’s a horrible thought, but when a person dies in their sin. They leave this world, and enter another world of conscience torment and fire for eternity. I wish that were not so, but hell is real. You can’t ignore the testimony of the word of God.

Psalm 9:17

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Matthew 10:28

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

So many religions have taken this out of their doctrine, but I’d be less than honest to hide a horrible truth just because it is a painful truth. Sin is a horrible disease. It has infected every living person. It has 100% fatality rate. And it results in a death, a punishment that is far worse than the disease itself.

But as bad as the disease is, the good news is that there is a remedy. And the remedy is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the son of God, who came into this world 2000 years ago, through the womb of a virgin, to be the savior of the world. There are three very important statements made about Jesus that speaks of his sinlessness. The Bible says that he knew sin, he did no sin, and in him was no sin. And all of that is to say that he was born as a man, just like you and I, but with one exception. He never committed sin.  That disease that has infected every single one of us, could not touch him.

1 Timothy 1:15

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

But if death is the result of sin, and Jesus never sinned, then why did he die? The answer is for us.

Romans 5:8

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Corinthians 15:1-3

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand. Here’s the gospel, how that

Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

Jesus lived a perfect life, in complete obedience to the will of the Father. He never lied, he never cheated, he never lusted. He was untainted by sin. And then he went to a cross and laid down his life. A death, not for his sin, but in substitution for our sin.

The plain truth of the Bible is that man is a sinner. And if his sins are not judged and paid for then he will die and face an eternal hell. With no help and with no hope. You may try to appease God with words or baptism, or church membership, or maybe some kind of charity. But no matter how hard you try, you cannot atone for your own sins.  The lie of most religion is that you can do something to earn your own salvation. But the Bible tells us in no uncertain terms that it cannot be done.

Ephesians 2:8–9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

You can’t earn your salvation. But He did it for you. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ came into this world as God’s son. Lived a sinless life. And went to the cross of Calvary and shed his blood. He was buried. Rose the third day. For our sins.

Let me give you an illustration, suppose that you take two sheets of paper. You put Jesus Christ at the top of one page and your own name at the top of the second page. On one page, you write down every sin that you’ve ever committed. And if you’re like me there’s probably some things that you wouldn’t write down, for fear that somebody would see it. And on the other page, you write all the character traits of Jesus Christ: Holy, Pure, Good, Righteous, in fact there would be no end to the perfections of Jesus Christ.

So you have the sheet of paper with your name and your deeds, and you have a sheet of paper with Jesus’ name, and his deeds and his character. And when Jesus Christ becomes your savior, God considers all of your sins paid for by the death of Christ. And at the same time, he takes all of the righteousness of Christ and he puts that on your account. When you call on Jesus Christ to be your savior, God simply switches names at the top of each list. All of your sins, paid for by Christ. All of his righteousness placed on your account. That’s how you can be right with God. That’s how you can be reconciled to God. Not by what you have done, but by what Jesus Christ has done.

Now, you may think that that is good news. But what do I do? How do I obtain this free gift? Can I really be forgiven of all of my sins? Can I escape the penalty of sin? The Bible has an answer for that too.

Romans 10:13-15

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written,

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things 

I am a preacher of the gospel. And I believe that the Lord has sent me to preach this gospel message to you. The message that I have preached, is that God loves sinners just like you and I. And that he sent his only begotten son into this sinful world to die a cruel death and to shed his precious blood, to pay for the sins that you and I have committed. I have preached it, and now you’ve heard it. Do you believe it?  And if you believe it, and will call on the Lord, he’ll save you.

In fact, why don’t you pray a prayer right now. No magic words, no right or wrong way. Just from your heart, you could pray something like this: Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. And I believe what you have written in your word about my sin. I have broken your laws. I have violated your commandments. And I deserve eternal death. But I believe that Jesus died for my sins. I repent of my sins right now, and trust Jesus Christ alone to be my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me of my sins. And save me for Christ’s sake.

If you believe the gospel, and have called upon the Lord, according to the Bible, you are saved. And now, you should thank the Lord for his mercy and his grace, and set out to live for him. If you’ve done that, or if you have questions about the gospel message, we would love to hear from you. Would you reach out to us through one of the contacts at the end of this message? We’d love to help you in your new life as a believer in Christ.

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