Jesus: Story Teller
In Debt or Paid in Full? Lessons from a loan shark
What do you owe God?
Religion tells us how to pay our debt to God
But there’s a true debt cancellation plan!
Characters in Contrast
devout, "holy", pious
1. Jesus is the source of salvation
he's the only own who forgives sin
the means by which our debts are paid.
(Ephesians 2:8 – By grace you have been saved)
2. Faith is the currency exchange for salvation
required for our sin-debt cancellation
provides the only access to salvation
THROUGH FAITH ALONE
(Ephesians 2:8 – By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.)
Romans 5:1 - Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:6 – Without Faith it is Impossible to Please God!
2 Cor 5:7 – We walk by Faith not by sight!
Try to please God through good deeds
Discipline and following rules
Self-determination (I’m in charge)
Self-motivation (I can do it alone)
Trust in Christ
Confess, submit and surrender to Christ's Control
Holy Spirit power (Christ is Lord)
Christ in us, we are in Christ (strength in Christ)
Joy, love, gratitude
3. Extra-ordinary love is the outcome of forgiveness
Our love/gratitude for Christ demonstrates our appreciation for God’s mercy
Attitude - sorrow, love, humility, subjection
Actions – sacrifical service, devotion
Where do I stand with my debt?
Jesus honours the sinful woman and rebukes the religious leader.
Jesus is our God and pays our debt. Cancelled – it is finished, debt is paid in full
how will i respond?
Jesus used many teachable stories, or parables, to help people understand The Kingdom.