Damascus Community Church
Damascus Community Church exists to call and equip faithful followers of Jesus Christ for God's Glory and the building of His Kingdom.
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Godís Purpose

God desires that we experience an abundant life.
This would include such things as love, peace, purpose, and fulfillment. He also desires that we experience both abundant life now and eternal life with Him.

 

Our Problem
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But we have a problem. God did not create us like a robot who would automatically love and have fellowship with Him in return. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice. Therefore, not only do we have the ability to make good choices, but we also have the ability to make evil choices and sin. Each of us will die physically, and after we die physically, we will face judgment. So we can see that when we look at the condition of a person apart from God, it isnít very encouraging. We have all sinned at one time or another, and the penalty of sin is eternal death (separation from God). Also we see that the consequences of our sin bring about the judgment of God.

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Godís Remedy

In spite of the fact that we have turned our backs on God and have disobeyed Him, He has provided a remedy so that we can know Him personally. He wants to give us both abundant life and eternal life. Only one bridge can cross the gulf that exists between a person and God, and that bridge is Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross. God sacrificed His son to pay the price for all of our sins and bring us reconciliation to Him.

 

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Our Response

Christ has made it possible for us to cross over to Godís side and experience the full life that He wants us to have. But we are not automatically on Godís side. In order to receive the gift of Christís sacrifice for our salvation and cross over to Godís side, we must believe Him and trust Him.

For by Grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ė Ephesians 2: 8-9

Adapted from The 2:7 Series: Course 2 The Growing Disciple. Colorado: NavPress, 1991.

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