The one-verse way to a relationship with God – Romans 6:23!

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NASB)


Ideas for this post came from my experience and “One-Verse Evangelism” published by the Navigators. For a short video tutorial click here.

Wages- Can you explain what wages are? Have you ever worked for wages? How would you feel if after a week’s work your boss said you are not going to get paid today? We know its right to be paid.

Sin produces wages. What do you think of when you hear the word sin? Sin can be both an attitude and action? If both which is the driver? Does God ever seem far away? Sin is apathy or rebellion against God. In either case what happens to our relationship with God?

Death always results in separation. When a living person is dead to God we are separated from Him. We have no relationship to God. When problems come in life we cannot turn to God because we are separated from Him. When we look for hope we are left to turn to self and others, often we are hopeless.

But symbolizes that the bad is about to be contrasted with the good.

Gift – If wages are something we earn what is a gift? If something is a gift what happens if we refuse it?

God has a free gift for each person. Sin is leaving God out of our lives either by apathy or active rebellion. We are self-centered and consumed with our selves. God is just the opposite, He is selfless and loves every person and wants everyone to accept His free gift.

 Eternal life is the opposite of death on the other side of the chasm. God created people and wants them to have a relationship with Him that is an eternal friendship. What an amazing thought. We become His children and friends forever and as a result can go to Him for help and hope. We are never alone again.

Jesus is the source of eternal life because of His death on the cross. On the 3rd day He arose and 40 days later He ascended to heaven. When a person chooses sin there are wages, death. Someone must pay the penalty for sin? Jesus died in our place and gives each person the opportunity to exchange their sin for a relationship with God for eternity.

Believe – If you accept the fact that you have sinned and desire Jesus to be Lord of your life; you can ask for forgiveness of your sin believing in Jesus as Savior. Then you cross over the bridge from death to eternal life. It is an instant exchange and lasts forever on earth and in heaven.

Each person has a choice to either reject or accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. We can be children of God and receive the help and hope He offers, or we can continue to try to live without Him.

As you look at this illustration, what do you need to do to have eternal life and be a member of the family of God? Do you have any questions?

Is there anything that keeps you from believing in Jesus and beginning that relationship now?

You can pray for forgiveness based on the death and resurrection of Jesus in your own words or you can pray this simple prayer.

Simple prayer: “Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” Amen 

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Henry Luke 3/18/2018

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Jesus is greater than Jonah

On another occasion Jesus referred to himself as “greater than Jonah” A. We live in a world of hate and racial prejudice. It has always been so. More than 2,700 years ago Jonah was commissioned by God to take his message of repentance and forgiveness to the Ninevites. He did not want to go and ran. He wanted to see them punished by God and destroyed.

There is a second aspect to Jonah’s resistance. He was preserved from death for three days in the belly of a great fish in a supernatural way by God’s protective power. Under natural circumstances, he would have died. Jonah’s survival against all odds was a picture of God restoring His Son. Jesus would bring the message of forgiveness and demonstrate that he is the Son of God with power by His resurrection.

Jonah was called to love the people whom he hated, and tell them of God’s love for them. People often misunderstand what this means. To question how God could ask us to love our enemies is to reduce love to a feeling and ignore the action that love requires.

Jesus said; “I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”B The Disciples of Jesus are to follow His example C, not Jonah’s, to demonstrate their love by sharing the gospel with their enemies and pray for the salvation of those who persecute them.

I will make a supreme effort to [1] love people who don’t think like me, [2] pray for people in my city to be saved and [3] pray for His glory to be revealed in my life every day at my expense.

Notes: A- Matthew 12:41; B- Matthew 5:44; C- 1 Peter 2:21; Modified from “Why Jesus” by Ravi Zacharias p. 241-242, to order click here.

Henry Luke 3/20/2018

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Bought with a price –

1 Corinthians 6:18-20.. 18 Flee sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.

The Disciples body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, therefore we are to “flee sexual immorality”. Then Paul turned from one cultural image [a temple or sanctuary] to another, slavery. Slaves were bought and sold in the ancient world. Such slaves did not belong to themselves. This was the meaning of Paul’s words, you are not your own. Believers now belong to Christ as their Master. We no longer have authority over our lives, for we belong to Him.

The apostle did not spell out the huge price paid so that believers now belong to Jesus. He had already written in the letter about the centrality of the cross of Jesus for salvation. Paul wrote to the Romans that Disciples are no longer slaves to sin but are now slaves of God. B  The Bible says that the death of Jesus was the way in which those who believe have been purchased: “you were redeemed … not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ” C.

Paul began this paragraph with a warning; flee sexual immorality. He ended with an astonishing command; glorify God with your body. Far from our bodies still being the instruments of sin, we are now able to bring praise to Him by using our bodies in ways that compel others to observe that we are united to Christ.

How can I bring glory to God with my body? How can my body be used in a way that causes others to praise God?

Notes: A- 1 Corinthians 1:17,18, 24; B- Romans 6:15-23; C- 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9

Henry Luke 3/18/2018

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Joined with Jesus

 1 Corinthians 6:15-17.. 15 Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh. 17 But anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

Paul makes a strong statement about sexual purity by stating; since the Disciples body is a part of the body of Jesus we must not perform immoral sexual acts. He refers back to God’s words that Jesus confirmed; For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.A

The Disciples spirit is alive because their sin has been exchanged for the righteousness of Jesus. B  Be thankful that the Disciple is alive in Jesus.

Dr. Henry Morris said this C: “The Holy Scriptures [KJV] are called “the lively oracles” D. “Lively” and “living” represent the same Greek word, zao; thus, the Bible is God’s “living word.” Jesus Christ called Himself “the living bread which came down from heaven,” sent down by “the living Father” E. He also promised that all who believe on Him would find living water” flowing through their lives F.

He has opened for us through “His substitutionary death and justifying resurrection “a new and living way; which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” G. Furthermore, He has thereby “begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” H.

We are therefore urged to “present [our] bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is [our] reasonable service” I.

Our God is, indeed, the God of the living!”

Notes: A- Genesis 2:29, Matthew 19:5; B- 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:10; C- For source click here; D- Acts 7:38; E- John 6:51; F- John 7:38; G- Hebrews 10:20; H- 1 Peter 1:3; I- Romans 12:1

Henry Luke 3/17/2018

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Focused on the Lordship of Jesus

1 Corinthians 6:12-14.. 12 Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will do away with both of them. However, the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

The church in Corinth was just established in one of the most immoral cities in the world at the time. The new Disciples were all converts from this wicked society and had not grown enough spiritually to leave all their immoral lifestyle choices. Apparently they still used 2 common phrases from that period to justify their sin: “Everything is permissible for me” and “Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food”.

Paul pushed back by saying to the 1st, everything is not beneficial. To the 2nd God did create our bodies for sexual immorality, but for Jesus. God raised Jesus on the 3rd day after His crucifixion and burial and all His Disciples will be resurrected at the rapture. A When a Disciple is converted many things happen instantaneously, B including beginning the process of growing closer to the likeness of Jesus. That process will be completed at the rapture, C but Disciples are to be persevering every day to make some advance toward the goal of the image of Jesus, conformed to the image of his Son D

Have you committed sexual sin recently? How would the Lord have you respond to this sin? What steps do you need to take toward repentance?

Note: A- click here; B- for list click here; C- 1 John 3:2; D- Romans 8:29c & click here.

Henry Luke 3/16/2018

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Worldliness and the Christian Life, Part 3 By Dr. Heath Lambert (3/4/18 • 6:00 PM)

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Summary/application 1 Corinthians 1-4:


  1. Your “faithful love endures forever” , O God, help me submit to your will as recorded in the Bible and revealed by the Holy Spirit and obey your commandments because I love You!
  2. Because we possess the presence and glory of Jesus it is possible for disciples to be unified so that the kingdom of God on earth may expand. Do I love unconditionally my fellow church members?  Is my unity with our church leadership and members reflected in my words and actions?
  3. There is no place in the church for living in the past. Who do I love more; Jesus or a current or former staff member?
  4. We are to exalt nothing above the love of Jesus and His saving death and resurrection. Whosoever will may accept His free gift of salvation. What “power” or “wisdom” do nonbelievers today rely on to answer questions of eternal significance?
  5. There is no room in salvation for any works or merit, it is Jesus alone. He became to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption because of His love.
  6. O God may I return Your love for me by living my life with my spirit in sync with the Holy Spirit and my mind transformed by the mind of Jesus and the Bible.
  7. O God may I live my life with an understanding my judgment time is coming and that a part of that judgment will be my faithfulness in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus and His love.
  8. Scripture memory –Jesus said: Mark 12:310-31 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. And John 14:15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 1 John 5:3 For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden, [CSB]


Review Scripture Memory: #12 – 2/18/2018 – John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.                                            [The Holy Spirit will teach us as we study and meditate on Bible scripture and help us remember the verses we have memorized and know about from His word when we need them.]                                       

Romans 8:10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. [NASB]                                                

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. [HCSB] 

#13 – 2/25/2018 1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;  

Henry Luke 3/13/2018

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