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Sons Of God


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Sons of God



Introduction
In a depressed economy some people look for ways to turn their life around and become successful. The internet is filled with motivational stories of a path to success. In one internet search I found over 65 Million 3-step-processes for success. Most present a process for gaining a strength or ability and achieving a goal. The steps are similar (1) Believe in yourself (2) Gain ability through a process (3) Benefit from the change. Many plans are sincere but some are from crooks looking for a quick dollar. Both have you sending money to receive their book and or process materials.

However, I want to tell you about an author with a no cost plan. This plan has your best interests at heart and only desires for you to achieve permanent security.

Text John 1:12 (10-14)
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Discussion
1. Transaction – “received him”
Like the first step in success, believing is the key to receiving Jesus, meaning by faith. For the Christian faith is demonstrated through loving and OBeying Christ. People will receive a plan to achieve temporary financial success; however, they reject Christ and fail to achieve eternal security for their soul.

Basis
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith…”

How
Romans 10:17 “So then faith...”

What
John 14:15 “If ye love me...”

When
Luke 18:30 “Who shall n
ot
receive manifold more...”


2. Transmission – “gave he power”
Similar to the second step in success, that is, an ability through process; God gives you knowledge and ability “power” to receive his plan and purpose for you.
A Gift-It’s Free!
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace…”

An Ability (Power)
Romans 1:16 “For I am n
ot
ashamed…”


3. Transformation – “to become the sons of God”
The final step is the change brought about by following the method. Those who receive Christ through his free gift will be changed or transformed for eternity.
Immediate
Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call...”

Result
1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it d
ot
h n
ot
yet appear…”

Promise
1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain...”


Conclusion.
The author of our salvation doesn’t want our money or need anything from us. Jesus Christ came to bring salvation to man and reconcile us to God through his sacrifice on the cross.

Salvation is free to us, if you don’t have it, receive it; if you do have it then, share it.

Most, if not all of us here, are most likely already trusting Christ for our salvation. So what do we do with this lesson of transaction, transmission, and transformation? We take it to our family, friends, and community. If you’re saved I challenge you to share the Gospel of Christ with one person this coming week.
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