INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
    In the last lesson, you learned that the Lord God loves you and He wants to give you a new life, a transformed life, and AN eternal life with Jesus Christ our Lord. The first step to knowing Christ and receiving Him in your heart is to understand the truth of this lesson. 

  1. WHY DO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE NOT HAVE ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE? Why do the majority of people have an empty spirit? The primary problem is sin. We do not like this word, but it is a real word and it is used many times in the Bible. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that, "all have sinned and are separated from God."
  2. WHAT IS SIN? The authors of the Bible chose different terms to best express the particular aspect of sin that they wanted to emphasize. In the Old Testament, there are Hebrew words such as those which mean: to commit iniquity, trespass, distort, do wrong, be perverted, do evil, cause suffering, cause misery, be unjust, displease God and refuse to obey. In the New Testament, there is one Greek word that means to fall short of the goal, a bad action, a perverted act, a scandalous motive, and to sin against God. Other words in the New Testament for sin mean: unfaithfulness, disbelief, lack of control, transgression and violation of the law of God. In other words, we can see that sin is disobeying God.
  3. TWO WAYS MAN IS A SINNER: 
    A. The Bible teaches that we are sinners by nature. Psalms 51:5 says, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." Have you noticed that you do not need to teach children to sin or to do wrong? I have three children and I have never taught them to sin or to do wrong. They have taken classes in science, math and English, but they have never taken lessons in how to do wrong. Why? The Bible teaches us that we are sinners by nature.
    B. The Bible teaches us that we are sinners by choice. This means that we make a free choice to do wrong. God gave us the 10 commandments in Exodus 20.

          God says, "You shall have no other gods besides ME.
                         You shall not have idols or images in your house.
                         You shall not commit adultery or sexual immorality.
                         You shall not lie", etc.

QUESTIONS


    
Answer the questions below choosing (T) for true and (F) for false, and circle the correct answer.

1. (T)  (F) -    The majority of people have assurance of eternal life.
2. (T)  (F) -    The greatest problem of man is a lack of money.
3. (T)  (F) -    The greatest problem of man is sin.
4. (T)  (F) -    Sin separates God and man.
4. (T)  (F) -    You have absolute assurance of eternal life.

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