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Sigurado Ka Ba?

Ano nga ba ang nasa likod ng kamatayan?

Maraming tao ang nagtatanong tungkol dito, at ito rin ang lugar na mag-isang tatahakin ng isang indibidwal. Marami ang natatakot sa kung ano ang naghihintay sa kanila. Natural na lamang na gustuhin nating malaman kung ano ang mangyayari sa kabilang buhay. Naghahangad tayo ng katiyakan na magiging maayos ang lahat.

Ang kamatayan ay hindi dapat ituring na pagpunta sa isang “balon ng kawalan”, dahil ipinapakita sa atin ng Biblia ang daan patungo sa buhay na walang hanggan. Ang Diyos lamang ang nakaaalam kung ano talaga ang nasa kabilang buhay. Maaari nating malaman ang sinasabi ng Biblia upang makatiyak tayo na makakapiling natin si Cristo, at doo’y mararanasan ang kagalakan sa presensya Niya magpakailanman. 

Katiyakan Ng Kaligtasan

Dumating si Jesus sa ating makasalanang mundo upang tayo’y iligtas. Ayon sa Salita ng Diyos, kailangan nating maniwala na si Jesus ay namatay at muling nabuhay. Kung ating hihilinging patawarin tayo sa ating mga kasalanan at  Siya’y ating maging Tagapagligtas. Tayo’y Kanyang patatawarin at Siya’y papasok sa ating mga puso. Binigay ni Jesus ang Kanyang buhay upang tayo’y magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan. Ito ang ating kasiguraduhan–hindi sa ating mga gawa, kundi sa ginawa ni Jesus sa krus.

Tandaan mo: Ang katiyakan ng ating kaligtasan ay hindi nakabase sa ating mga gawa, kundi sa tinapos na gawa ni Jesus sa krus.

Ang gusto Niyang gawin para sa'yo:

  • Patawarin ang iyong mga kasalanan at pumasok sa iyong puso.
  • Alukin ka ng regalo ng buhay na walang hanggan sa pamamagitan ng Kanyang sakripisyo sa krus.
  • Bigyan ka ng “kapayapaan sa isipan” at katiyakan na ikaw ay pupunta sa langit sa pamamagitan ng paniniwala sa Kanya.

Pag-isipan:

  1. Bakit may mga taong hindi tiyak kung sila ay pupunta sa langit?
  2. Ayon sa Salita ng Diyos, kung atin bang tatanggapin si Jesus ay mayroon tayong buhay na walang hanggan?
  3. Bakit nga ba ibinigay ng Diyos ang kaisa-isang Anak Niya upang mamatay para sa atin?
  4. Takot ka bang mamatay? Papaano ka mamumuhay nang walang takot sa kamatayan?
  5. Kung ang buhay na walang hanggan ay panahong hindi natatapos, gaano kahalaga na ikaw ay maging handa?
  6. Ano ang epekto ng kasiguraduhan ng kaligtasan sa iyong “kapayapaan ng isip”?

Hayaang mangusap sa'yo ang Diyos:

Basahin ang mga verses sa Bible para sa araw na ito at hinging mangusap sa’yo ang Diyos.

  • I John 5:11-13
  • John 3:16
  • Romans 6:23
  • John 3:36
  • John 5:24
  • John 11:25-26
  • John 10:28
  • Revelation 3:5
  • Matthew 25:21

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Mabuting Balita

Pag-unawa Sa Ebanghelyo

Ang Ebanghelyo ay ang Mabuting Balita! Ito ang simpleng paliwanag: Si Jesus, ang Banal na Anak ng Diyos na kailanma’y hindi nagkasala, ay namatay sa krus. Siya na walang anumang kasalanan ay itinuring na Siya ang nakagawa ng lahat ng kasalanan ng tao. Bakit? Upang tayo ay ibilang na matuwid at walang kasalanan sa paningin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng Kanyang pagtubos. Gayon na lamang ang lubos Niyang pagmamahal sa atin. Hindi lamang Niya pinagbayaran ang ating mga kasalanan nang mamatay Siya sa krus, bagkus ay dinaig pa Niya ang kamatayan, at nabuhay na muli sa ikatlong araw upang bigyan tayo ng pag-asa sa buhay na walang hanggan.

Dahil kay Jesus, maaari tayong maging matuwid.

“Hindi nagkasala si Cristo, ngunit alang-alang sa atin, Siya’y itinuring na makasalanan upang maging matuwid tayo sa harapan ng Diyos” (2 Corinto 5:21). Iyan ang Mabuting Balita!

Iyan ang Mabuting Balita!

Tandaan mo: Si Jesus ang mensahe ng kaligtasan ng Diyos. Kinuha Niya ang kabayaran ng ating ating mga kasalanan upang tayo’y maging matuwid.

Ang gusto Niyang gawin:

  • Iligtas ka sa kakila-kilabot na kabayaran ng kasalanan.
  • Maging iyong Tagapagligtas, Panginoon at Kaibigan.
  • Ipakita sa’yo ang Kanyang pagmamahal sa pamamagitan ng Kanyang sakripisyo.

Pag-isipan:

  1. Ano ang pinakamagandang balita na narinig mo?
  2. Noong ipinanganak si Jesus, bakit sinabi ng mga anghel na sila ay may hatid na “mabuting balita na magdudulot ng kagalakan sa sanlibutan”?
  3. Ano ang kahulugan ng pangalang “Jesus”? (Mateo 1:21)
  4. Bakit napakamakapangyarihan ng Ebanghelyo?
  5. Bakit ang muling pagkabuhay ni Jesus ay napakahalagang bahagi ng mensaheng ito?
  6. Bakit mahalagang maipangaral ang Mabuting Balita bago dumating ang wakas?

Hayaang mangusap sa'yo ang Diyos:

Basahin ang mga verses sa Bible para sa araw na ito at hinging mangusap sa’yo ang Diyos.

  • Romans 1:16
  • Matthew 1:21
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • Matthew 24:14
  • I John 2:2
  • Luke 2:10,11
  • I John 3:16
  • John 15:13
  • Romans 5:8

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Magliwanag

Si Jesus ang Ilaw sa Mundo

Si Jesus ang Ilaw at Tagapagligtas ng sanlibutan. Ang bawat isa ay nangangailangan ng Tagapagligtas sapagkat lahat tayo ay makasalanan, at kailangang maligtas sa masaklap na kaparusahan nito. Hindi lang tayo ang iniligtas ni Jesus, nais din Niyang tulungan ang iba na makakilala sa Kanya. Nang dumating sa ating buhay ang ilaw ni Jesus, tayo ay nagiging ilaw sa ating paligid. 

Sinabi ni Jesus, “Magliwanag ka!”

Pipiliin mo bang maging liwanag?

Ang sabi sa Dakilang Mandato, “Humayo kayo sa sanlibutan at ipangaral ang Ebanghelyo!” Ito ay kinakailangang maisakatuparan bago ang wakas. Nais ni Jesus na pagliwanagin natin ang ilaw Niya sa pamamagitan ng ating buhay. Tayo ngayon ay maging tapat na saksi. Ibahagi natin ang mabubuting bagay na ginawa ng Panginoon at ang dakilang kaligtasan na iniaalok Niya sa lahat.

Tandaan mo: Ibinigay ni Jesus ang Kanyang ilaw sa atin, at ngayo’y may pribilehiyo tayong hayaang magliwanag ang Kanyang ilaw sa pamamagitan ng ating buhay.

Ang gusto Niyang gawin:

  • Ihayag ang Kanyang liwanag at katotohanan sa iyo.
  • Puspusin ka ng Kanyang liwanag upang magliwanag ka rin sa iba.
  • Bigyan ka ng katapangang ibahagi ang Kanyang ginawa sa iyong pamilya’t mga kaibigan.

Pag-isipan:

  1. Paanong ipinapakita ng Diyos ang Kanyang liwanag at katotohanan sa sanlibutan?
  2. Ano ang kailangan natin bago maibahagi ang liwanag natin sa iba? (Gawa 1:8, Isaias 60:1)
  3. Isang karangalan ba na mapili ka upang maging saksi ng Diyos?
  4. Ang unang mga alagad ay handang magsakripisyo ng lahat, maging ang kanilang buhay, dahil sa pananampalataya nila kay Jesus. Sila nga ay tunay na naniniwala na si Jesus ang Tagapaglitas. Ano ang handa mong isakripisyo para sa iyong pananampalataya kay Jesus?

Hayaang mangusap sa'yo ang Diyos:

Basahin ang mga verses sa Bible para sa araw na ito at hinging mangusap sa’yo ang Diyos.

  • Psalm 96:3
  • 1 John 2:9,10
  • Ephesians 5:8,9
  • Proverbs 11:30
  • Luke 9:26
  • Acts 26:16-18
  • Acts 13:47
  • Philippians 2:15-16

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Shine

Jesus is the Light of the World

Jesus is the Light and Savior of the world. Everyone needs a Savior because we are all sinners, and need to be saved from the dreadful consequences of our sin. When Jesus saves us, he also wants us to help others know Him. When Jesus’ light comes into our lives, we become a light those around us.

Jesus says, “Let your light shine!”

Will you choose to be a light?

The Great Commission, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” must be accomplished before the end comes. Jesus wants us to let His light shine through our lives. Let us be witnesses and faithfully share with others the good things the Lord has done and the great salvation He offers to all!

Remember: Jesus has given us His light, and now we have the privilege of letting His light shine through our lives.

What God wants to do for you:

  • Reveal His light and truth to you.
  • Fill you with His light so that you can shine this light to others.
  • Give you the boldness to share what He has done with your family and friends.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What are several practical ways that God sends out His light and truth to the world?
  2. What is necessary before we share the light to others? (Acts 1:8, Isaiah 60:1)
  3. Do you consider it an honor to be chosen as God’s witness?
  4. The early disciples were willing to give everything, even sacrifice their very lives because of their faith in Jesus. What are you willing to sacrifice for your faith in Jesus?

Take a moment to hear from God:

Read the following Bible passages and ask God to speak to you.

  • Psalm 96:3
  • 1 John 2:9,10
  • Ephesians 5:8,9
  • Proverbs 11:30
  • Luke 9:26
  • Acts 26:16-18
  • Acts 13:47
  • Philippians 2:15-16

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Good News

Understanding the Gospel

The Gospel is Good News! This sums it up simply: Jesus, the Holy Son of God who was never for a second a sinner, died on a cross. The One without sin was treated as if He had committed every sin committed by every person. Why? So that we could become righteous and without sin in God’s sight. He loves us so much that He not only paid the penalty for our sin by dying on the cross, he conquered death, and came to life again on the third day to give us hope of eternal life.

Because of Jesus, we can be righteous.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Now that IS Good News!

Remember: Jesus is God’s message of salvation. He took the penalty for our sin so that we could be made righteous.

What God wants to do for you:

  • Save you from the terrible consequences of sin.
  • Be your Savior, Lord, and Friend.
  • Show you His love through His sacrifice.
  • Teach you how to live in freedom through His Word.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What’s the best news you’ve ever heard?
  2. When Jesus was born, why did the angels say that they were bringing “good news that would bring great joy to all people”?
  3. What is the meaning of the name “Jesus”? (Matthew 1:21)
  4. What makes the Gospel so powerful?
  5. Why is the resurrection of Jesus such an important part of this message?
  6. Why is it important to preach the Good News before the end comes?

Take a moment to hear from God:

Read the following Bible passages and ask God to speak to you.

  • Romans 1:16
  • Matthew 1:21
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • Matthew 24:14
  • I John 2:2
  • Luke 2:10,11
  • I John 3:16
  • John 15:13
  • Romans 5:8

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Are You Sure?

What lies behind that great curtain called death?

This is the question most every person asks, and this is the place every person must enter alone. Many are terrified at what will happen to them. Naturally, they would like to know in advance what they could expect on the other side. They want some assurance that all will be well.

Death doesn’t need to be a hopeless plunge into the “vast unknown” because the Bible shows us the way to eternal life. God alone knows what really lies on the other side of the veil. That is why we want to see what the Bible has to say to find assurance that we will be with Christ and enjoy his amazing presence forever.

Assurance of Salvation

Jesus came to our sinful world to save us. According to the Word of God, we must believe that Jesus died and rose again. If we ask Him to forgive our sins and be our Savior, He will forgive our sins, and come into our hearts. Jesus gave His life so that we could have eternal life. This is where our assurance is found–not on our works of righteousness, but on Jesus’ finished work on the cross. 

Remember: Our assurance of salvation is not based on our works, but rather on Jesus’ finished work on the cross.

What God wants to do for you:

  • Forgive your sins, and come into your heart.
  • Offer you the gift of eternal life through His sacrifice on the cross.
  • Give you “peace of mind” and assurance that you can go to heaven through believing in Him.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Why are some people unsure if they will go to heaven?
  2. According to God’s Word, if we have received the Son of God will we have eternal life?
  3. Why did God give his only Son to die for us?
  4. Are you afraid of dying? How can you live without the fear of death?
  5. If eternity is time that is infinite or unending, how important is it that you are well-prepared?
  6. How does the assurance of eternal life affect your “peace of mind”?

Take a moment to hear from God:

Read the following Bible passages and ask God to speak to you.

  • I John 5:11-13
  • John 3:16
  • Romans 6:23
  • John 3:36
  • John 5:24
  • John 11:25-26
  • John 10:28
  • Revelation 3:5
  • Matthew 25:21

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Jesus wants to transform our lives at a heart-level. It isn’t enough to learn about him, we have to come to know him personally. In this series we talk about developing a deep relationship with Jesus on a personal level.

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