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TITLE: The Book in Heaven

OBJECT: Book

DOCTRINE: Sanctification

STORY WITH THE OBJECT

Did you know there is a book in heaven with your name on it? Before you were even born, your Creator wrote down all kinds of details about your appearance, your personality, and your talents in your book.

TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL

God has been very near to you when you’ve gone through hard times. He counted all your tears and wrote the number of them in your book. He knows how many hairs are on your head, and even has to change that number when some of them fall out.

THE PROBLEM (LAW)

Your Creator has also been attentive when you turned your back on him. When you gave yourself over to impure desires, to lust, to greed, to pride. When you have spoken blasphemies, lies, and criticism. All of that was also written in your book.

THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)

All of those things hurt God’s heart deeply, because he knows that it carries a high price. Because of his holiness and justice, we cannot enter his presence full of sin and rebellion. And the price we would have to pay would be to spend an eternity separated from our Creator in hell.

THE SOLUTION (CROSS)

But God is also a God of so much mercy that he himself decided to pay the price for our sins. God became a man, in the form of Jesus Christ, he died on a cross to pay for your guilt. His resurrection gave him the authority to erase all of your rebellions against God from your book.

THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)

But you must make a decision. Will you continue to hold on to the book of your life, writing a story of rebellion and sin, and living with your back to your Creator? Or will you give Jesus the book of your life, repenting and allowing him to erase your guilt and sin? When you do, God will write your name in another book, the book of life.

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