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Is Sin Really That Serious?

We consider one of the many things that keeps us from following Jesus: not taking sin as seriously as we should. Our sins may seem small to us, but even the smallest sin is an abomination to God. We are encouraged to repent of every sin, remembering how evil and dangerous even the least sin is. Even small sins are infinitely serious; but if we will turn from our sins to Christ, they will be forgiven and we will find mercy.

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Hindrances to Following Christ

We examine some of the reasons why people don't believe and follow Christ: *They don't believe that God exists. *They think they're good enough without Him. *They believe that God is loving and would never send someone to hell. *They have a weak faith. *They have a strong desire for worldly things. *They want to fit in with the world. *They're afraid of the world. We are challenged to fear the Lord and turn from our sins; trust in Jesus, and follow Him.

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Why Trust and Follow Jesus?

Since we only do what we want to do, we consider some of the reasons why we should be willing to pay whatever it costs to trust and follow Jesus: *because we owe it to Him. *because this is what He commands us to do. *because He has the authority to require this of us. *because of the blessings we will gain in this life if we do. *because life is short. *because the world is worthless, but heaven is valuable. *because there is a coming Day of Judgment, which we have every reason to fear if we don’t trust and follow Jesus. There is a Heaven to gain, and a Hell to avoid. We are challenged to consider these things and let them motivate us to believe on Jesus and follow Him.

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Follow Me

Once you place your trust in Christ as your only hope of heaven, you must begin to follow Him. There must be a course correction in your life – with a change of destinations, there must be a change of direction. When you were headed towards hell, you went that way by a broad and easy road. But now that you're headed towards heaven, you must travel a rather narrow path. Jesus is the One who will show you that path. We look at two things: * First, how Jesus leads us. * And second, what we must do to follow Him. We are challenged to follow Jesus, whatever the cost to us may be - and to see that this world and all it holds dear are of no value in comparison with the things of Christ and of heaven.

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What Does It Mean to Believe?

In a day when many in the church are confused about the critical question of what saving faith actually is, we examine the three aspects of true faith (knowledge, assent and trust), before seeing the distinctive features of a saving faith, which looks away from self and rests completely on Jesus and His work as the only ground for salvation.

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