Category Archives: Why Jesus

Why is Jesus necessary for salvation?

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Why Jesus

Why Jesus helps to disciple Christians to understand, not only that the Bible says Jesus is necessary for salvation, but why Jesus is necessary and how to share Christ with others using apologetics.

Lesson 1 may be preached as a sermon or taught as a small group lesson and explains important issues such as:

  1. The reason why God does not use goodness as a standard for salvation: it is unjust even according to man’s sense of morality.
  2. What the penalty for sin is and why the cross was necessary.
  3. What the purpose of life is and why this purpose requires faith in Christ for salvation.

Once Christians gain a better understanding of why Jesus is necessary for salvation, they are better able to see the need for and desire to share Christ with others.

Lesson 2 deals with the difficulties of sharing Jesus and how to overcome them.

Lesson 3 builds upon Lesson 1. It explains how to share Jesus in a way that is simple, biblical, and effective in today’s culture by not just proclaiming but explaining the Gospel using apologetics. The Why Jesus Sharing Card, which prints on the front and back of standard business cards, helps Christians to explain the Gospel with minimal memorization.

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Why is Hell Eternal?

Why is the punishment for sin eternal hell?  Why cannot God just punish people in hell for a time and then allow them to graduate to heaven?

Answer

This objection is addressed right within the Why Jesus approach to sharing the Gospel.  Ultimately, salvation is more about loving God than going to heaven.  Matthew 22:36-37 says, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  Those who love Christ are part of His body, the Church.  The Church will one day be united with Jesus in a special loving relationship as His bride.

  • Revelation 19:7b “… For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”
  • Revelation 22:2 “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
  • Revelation 22:9b-10 “‘…Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’  And he carried me away in the Spirit to ‘a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down our of heaven from God.'”
People either love God or they don’t. Those who love God want to be with Him in a loving relationship forever.  Those who do not love God, including those who love false gods in false religions, do not want to be in a loving relationship with the God of the Bible and He will not force them too.  In fact, this is something God cannot do because forced love is a contradiction in terms.  Love has to be given freely, not forced.  Forced love is no love at all.