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Passport - Week 1

Bad News

Ephesians 2:1-3
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

1. Lost
2. Unacceptable
3. Dead
4. Enslaved
5. Guilty

Good News

Ephesians 2:4-10
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

1. Rescued (Saved)
2. Accepted
3. Born Again
4. Redeemed

Max Lucado
The maker of the stars would rather die for you than live without you. And that is a fact. So if you need to brag, brag about that.

5. Forgiven

John Wesley
Remember there can be no little sin till you can find a little God.
  • The wages of sin is death
  • The punishment of sin is hell
  • And forgiveness of sin is life of God’s very own Son

Bad News - Good News

The multifaceted BAD NEWS is reversed by a multifaceted GOOD NEWS

You have to believe the BAD NEWS by repenting of sin and believe GOOD NEWS by trusting in Jesus

Kingdom Entrance

Your citizenship in the Kingdom is determined by your relationship to the King

  • Have you repented of your sin and believed in Jesus?
  • Or are you still living in active rebellion against Him?
  • Have you entered the Kingdom of God?
  • Or are you still a slave of the kingdom of darkness?
Karl House