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TITLE: GPS

OBJECT: GPS

DOCTRINE: Reconciliation

STORY WITH THE OBJECT

A few years ago I was driving back to Madrid from Barcelona, and I got lost.  Instead of the trip taking six hours, it took fourteen!  I drove all over Spain.  I wish I would have had a GPS with me!

TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL

This makes me think about our lives.  How we need a GPS in our spiritual lives to guide us to our final destination, a place we all want to go when we die, to heaven!

THE PROBLEM (LAW)

The problem is that we have diverted from the right road.  We begin well when we are born; we are innocent and heading for heaven.  But as we grow, we lose our way.  Every bad thing we do in our lives causes us to stray further from the road to heaven.  When we envy others, we stray from the right road; when we love our own passions and desires more than God, we stray from the right road; when we have sex outside of marriage, we stray from the right road.

THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)

Because we have strayed from the road to heaven, the end of our path will be hell, far from God and from everything good. On our judgement day, God will respect the choices we have made throughout our lives. If we have chosen to live far from Him in this life, we will be far from Him for all of eternity.

THE SOLUTION (CROSS)

But I have good news for you!  Jesus Christ is our GPS.  He desires to redirect us to heaven.  His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead opened a new road to heaven.  Jesus offers to guide you home, to heaven.

THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)

Ask Jesus to forgive you for all the times you have strayed from His path.  Turn from your path of sin. Commit yourself to follow Jesus and trust Him to guide you home..

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