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Born Again to a Living Hope

Tonight in the YouthRoom, Drew brought the Word to us out of 1 Peter 1:3-9.  The apostle Peter had a whole lot to say about the need that every person has for salvation in Jesus Christ, and how that salvation delivers us from the penalty of sin in the past, the power of sin in the present, and the presence of sin in the future. That kind of news changes lives and we got to hear and see that in the Bible tonight. Nobody can ignore the brokenness that comes with a life lived in bondage to sin. Our youth especially know the pain, guilt, and regret that comes with sinful hearts that refuse to honor God in their thoughts and actions. But, praise be to God, there is the good news that Jesus Christ came — on the very first Christmas about 2,000 years ago — to live a perfect life on our behalf, and then to die a death in which he took all our sins upon himself. He canceled all the debt that we owed to God because of our sin. He delivered us and set us free — causing us to “be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

That salvation is for everyone and anyone who is willing to humble themselves and call out to God for forgiveness in Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) As a church and a youth group, we want every person to know that the greatest gift they could ever receive this Christmas would be to be born again to a living hope by faith in Jesus Christ. May this be the year that you find your hope in the Savior who was born, crucified, and risen for you!


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