People often wonder why bad things happen, whether everybody goes to heaven, and whether God makes mistakes. In this week's sermon Pastor Ronnie addresses those questions as he talks about the third of our statements of faith that talks about the fall of mankind and the origin of sin in the world. Then he takes it further and talks about the power of the Gospel, the reason many find it difficult to share their faith, and what to do about it.
We believe that mankind is a fallen race born into iniquity and that the evil in the world is the result of mankind’s rebellion against God. The only means of reconciliation with God is through believing in Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as the blood sacrifice (atonement) for our sin.
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Genesis 2:16,17 NIV
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone's account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
Romans 5:12-15 NIV
Genesis 1:31 & 2:16-17 & 3; Psalm 51:5; Matthew 8:11; John 3:3, 14-15 & 12:32 & 14:15; Romans 5:12-15 & 8:20-21; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Jude 1:14