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  • Pastor Charlie Rivens

Perfection Not Required; Romans 5:6-11, John 3:16-21

When you first realize that God has orchestrated all of creation to reach you with His message, it can be intriguing -- maybe even exhilarating. Then, you remember just how imperfect you are. That's a natural reaction when you start getting closer to God. He's perfect.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is supposed to be "good news" -- that's what the word gospel means. But the harsh truth is that we are separated from God because of our imperfection. Our sin is like a disease that leaves us in quarantine. Because of God’s perfection, he cannot allow sin to go unpunished. Left untreated, your sin disease will eventually land you in a place reserved for punishing Satan himself.

The good news is that God’s perfection and holiness are equally matched by his mercy and compassion. He doesn’t want a single human to suffer in Hell, so he made a cure available. To satisfy the penalty for our sins, he allowed his son Jesus to take punishment in our place. In exchange, God offers us forgiveness -- a complete pardon.

If you choose to become a Christ follower, you have to be equally willing to acknowledge your deepest sins and accept his most comprehensive forgiveness.

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