College World Series Tracts

9 06 2006

Next week thousands of visitors will descend upon Omaha to attend the College World Series. Recognizing that nothing escapes God’s sovereignty, and in effort to be good stewards of all that God has given us, Omaha Bible Church is organizing teams to go down to Rosenblatt Stadium to lovingly proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Included here are some of the tracts that we’ll be distributing.

We request your prayers that God would open hearts to receive the truth (Acts 16.14). If you would like more information please contact me.

#1 Wrigley Field & Hell Tract

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Answer: It is the home of the cursed!

The picture is of Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. The ‘lovable losers’ have been imputed with the curse of the Billy Goat since 1945. Joking aside, hell is the home of all who have sinned & are being punished or cursed for their rebellion against their Creator. The Scripture says, “cursed is everyone who does not obey the Law of God” (Gal. 3.10). Is there a way out? Can God forgive? Will he?

The Scripture teaches that God made mankind for his own pleasure (Col. 1.16). However, we have all rejected his authority in favor of our own (Rom. 1.21-26). This lack of submission to God’s will and authority is sin (1 Jn. 3.4). God’s perfect character & standard require that he deal justly as us with rebels (Ps. 9.8; Acts 17.30).

So how does mankind escape from the justice of God? There is only one answer:

Jesus-the rebel’s only substitute

God’s justice will only be satisfied by perfection (Matt. 5.48). God demonstrates His love for us by sending the only suitable substitute (2 Cor. 5.21)

Jesus-the God who became a man

Jesus, Himself being God (Col. 2.9), put on humanity and became a man (John 1.14). In His life Jesus showed dependence upon God through perfect obedience to God & remained without sin (1Jn. 3.5). Jesus fully satisfied the just requirements of God by offering Himself as the sacrifice for rebels through His death on the cross (Rom. 3.25). Jesus became a curse for those who are cursed (Gal. 3.13)

Jesus-the only means of restoration

God calls every person to receive His gift of salvation by believing in Him: turning from rebellion & depending upon Jesus’ perfection for forgiveness. God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross as the exclusive basis for restoration. God demonstrated this acceptance through Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Acts 17.30-31).

Jesus-the believer’s perfection

On the cross, Jesus died in the sinner’s place. God charged the rebel’s sin to Jesus (though He never sinned), so that through the believer’s full dependence upon the merit of Jesus, God would declare the rebel perfect, based upon the sacrifice of Jesus. In this way God is proven to be just, holy, forgiving & loving of the one who submits to and depends on Jesus (Rom. 3.26) .

There are only two ways to respond

*continue rejecting God’s authority (sin)…result: guilt & judgment

* submit to & depend upon Jesus (faith)….result: forgiveness

 

#2 The God who won't Compromise Baseball Tract

 

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How can a just God forgive you and me?

This really is the question. Will God forgive sinners unjustly? How can God maintain his justice (which he says he will!) while also demonstrating his loving forgiveness (which he also says he will!)??

God declares that he is holy (1 Pet. 1.16), righteous (Ps. 119.142), loving (1 Jn. 4.8), and forgiving (Num. 14.18)…but how can this be true?

The Scripture teaches that God made mankind for his own pleasure (Col. 1.16). However, we have all rejected his authority in favor of our own (Rom. 1.21-26). This lack of submission to God’s will and authority is sin (1 Jn. 3.4). God’s perfect character & standard require that he deal justly as us with rebels (Ps. 9.8; Acts 17.30).

So how does mankind escape from the justice of God? There is only one answer:

Jesus-the only substitute for rebels

God’s justice will only be satisfied by perfection (Matt. 5.48). God demonstrates His love for us by sending the only suitable substitute (2 Cor. 5.21).

Jesus-the God who became a man

Jesus, Himself being God (Col. 2.9), put on humanity and became a man (John 1.14). In His life Jesus showed dependence upon God through perfect obedience to God & remained without sin (1Jn. 3.5). Jesus fully satisfied the just requirements of God by offering Himself as the sacrifice for rebels through His death on the cross (Rom. 3.25).

Jesus-the only means of restoration

God calls every person to receive His gift of salvation by believing in Him: turning from rebellion & depending upon Jesus’ perfection for forgiveness. God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross as the exclusive basis for restoration. God demonstrated this acceptance through Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Acts 17.30-31).

Jesus-the believer’s perfection

On the cross, Jesus died in the sinner’s place. God charged the rebel’s sin to Jesus (though He never sinned), so that through the believer’s full dependence upon the merit of Jesus, God would declare the rebel perfect, based upon the sacrifice of Jesus. In this way God is proven to be just, holy, forgiving & loving of the one who submits to and depends on Jesus (Rom. 3.26).

There are only two ways to respond

*continue rejecting God’s authority (sin)…result: guilt & judgment

* submit to & depend upon Jesus (faith)….result: forgiveness

 

#3 The Need to be Re-covered Tract

 

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Answer: We all Need to be recovered!

The answer to the question really stems from the fundamental question of life: how can you and I be accepted by God? God declares that he is holy (1 Pet. 1.16), righteous (Ps. 119.142), loving (1 Jn. 4.8), and forgiving (Num. 14.18)…but how can this be true?

This really is the question. Will God forgive sinners unjustly? How can God maintain his justice (which he says he will!) while also demonstrating his loving forgiveness (which he also says he will!)??

The Scripture teaches that God made mankind for his own pleasure (Col. 1.16). However, we have all rejected his authority in favor of our own (Rom. 1.21-26). This lack of submission to God’s will and authority is sin (1 Jn. 3.4). God’s perfect character & standard require that he deal justly as us with rebels (Ps. 9.8; Acts 17.30).

So how does mankind escape from the justice of God? There is only one answer:

Jesus-the rebel’s only substitute

God’s justice will only be satisfied by perfection (Matt. 5.48). God demonstrates His love for us by sending the only suitable substitute (2 Cor. 5.21).

Jesus-the God who became a man

Jesus, Himself being God (Col. 2.9), put on humanity and became a man (John 1.14). In His life Jesus showed dependence upon God through perfect obedience to God & remained without sin (1Jn. 3.5). Jesus fully satisfied the just requirements of God by offering Himself as the sacrifice for rebels through His death on the cross (Rom. 3.25).

Jesus-the only means of restoration

God calls every person to receive His gift of salvation by believing in Him: turning from rebellion & depending upon Jesus’ perfection for forgiveness. God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross as the exclusive basis for restoration. God demonstrated this acceptance through Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Acts 17.30-31).

Jesus-the believer’s perfection

On the cross, Jesus died in the sinner’s place. God charged the rebel’s sin to Jesus (though He never sinned), so that through the believer’s full dependence upon the merit of Jesus, God would declare the rebel perfect, based upon the sacrifice of Jesus. In this way God is proven to be just, holy, forgiving & loving of the one who submits to and depends on Jesus (Rom. 3.26) . God covers the believer in Christ’s perfection!!

There are only two ways to respond

*continue rejecting God’s authority (sin)…result: guilt & judgment

* submit to & depend upon Jesus (faith)….result: forgiveness





Rainbows® are Trademarked!

7 06 2006

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[what follows is the text for a new tract (the image is above) we just made for an upcoming evangelism opportunity at a Gay Pride Parade in Omaha…it doesn't say everything, but we are limited to a 4×6 card and a very hostile crowd…if you are in the Omaha area this Saturday 6/10 and are interested in gospelizing, let me know]

Rainbows remain a popular symbol for so many groups of people, however who had them first??

The God of the Bible owns the distinct honor, as he has long used the rainbow to illustrate his loving demonstration of mercy instead of judgment! God the loving Creator was angered by humanity’s rebellion against his will & so therefore justly demonstrated his judgment upon their sin. In Genesis 6 the Scriptures teach that instead of giving mankind what they deserve for their rebellion, he chose to save some from destruction. The mercy & faithfulness of God was demonstrated by the beautiful rainbow that filled the sky.

God has not changed, he remains the same God who maintains justice while offering mercy, this is not to be confused with offering mercy at the expense of justice…God does not compromise his character, instead he demonstrates it! God made all of humanity to give him pleasure; however, we have rebelled against God’s plan, even spurning his authority. We have by our own authority, pursued our own pleasure! God being offended & just will not turn a blind eye to our sin, instead he will deal justly with it!

But in the ultimate display of mercy God has given his son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life in the place of sinners, & to die the death penalty for sinners like me and like you—regardless of our ‘backgrounds.’ It is only through God judging Jesus as if he was a sinner (though he wasn’t) in the sinner’s place that he can be just & merciful at the same time, without compromising.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not primarily aimed to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality, but rather, to convert all humanity to Christianity. The perfect son of God, Jesus Christ, is the one who sits in judgment of humanity. And it is this Jesus that calls you to turn from sin & follow him with obedience & love in the truth>>"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

There are only two ways to respond

1) continue rejecting God’s authority (sin)…result: guilt & judgment

2) submit to & depend upon Jesus (faith)….result: forgiveness