3 Circles

3 Circles

GOD’S DESIGN
God has a perfect and good design for every area of our lives—our families, marriages, money, sex life, work life and just plain life. God designed us, as His image-bearers to be in relationship with Him, to worship Him and walk with Him and glorify him, but we have all departed from that design. (See Gen. 1:31; Ps. 19:1.)

SIN
Life doesn’t work when we ignore God and His original design for our lives. We selfishly insist on doing things our own way. The Bible calls this sin. We’re born with a sinful nature so sin comes naturally to us. There is no one who gets it right all of the time. We all sin and fall short of God’s perfect design. The consequence of our sin is separation from God-in this life and for all eternity. (See Rom. 3:23; 6:23.)

BROKENNESS
This sin leaves us in brokenness. Brokenness is easy for most of us to understand. It feels like broken relationships, addiction, depression, discouragement, guilt and shame. We all want out of brokenness, so we try to fix it (squiggly lines out of brokenness). We medicate it with drugs or numb it with alcohol. We strive to be better people, hoping that somehow, someway, our good will outweigh our bad. We look for other ways to alleviate our pain. When we do that, we just get more and more broken. This feels like a bad thing, but in many ways brokenness is a good thing because it’s the way God gets our attention. When we feel broken on the inside and everything’s all messed up, we know something needs to change. (See Prov. 14:12; Rom. 1:25.)

GOSPEL
At this point we need a remedy-some good news. Because of His love, God didn’t leave us in our brokenness. Jesus, God in human flesh, came to us and lived perfectly according to God’s design. Jesus came to rescue us-to do for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves. He took our sin and shame to the cross, paying the penalty of our sin by His death. Jesus was then raised from the dead to provide the only way for us to be rescued and restored to a relationship with God. Jesus is the change we really need! (See John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Col. 2:14.)

REPENT AND BELIEVE
Simply hearing this good news isn’t enough. We must admit our sinful brokenness and stop trusting in ourselves. We don’t have the power to escape this brokenness on our own. We need to be rescued. We must accept God’s free gift of forgiveness, and turn from our sin and brokenness to trust in Jesus. This is what it means to repent and believe. Believing, we receive new life through Jesus, and God turns our lives in a new direction. (See Mark 1:15; Rom. 10:9; Eph. 2:8-9.)

RECOVER AND PURSUE
When God restores our relationship with Him, we begin to discover meaning and purpose in a broken world. Now we can pursue God’s design in all areas of our lives. Even when we fail, we understand God’s pathway to be restored-this same good news of Jesus. God’s Spirit empowers us to recover His design and assures us of His presence in this life and for all eternity. Then Jesus sends us right back out into a broken world, empowered by the Holy Spirit to tell others how to find their way out of brokenness. (See Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:13.)