WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE THERE ARE OFTEN “SECOND CHANCES.”
a) Does God offer a “second chance” to mankind?
b) There to this question is “yes,” and we want to look at God’s “second chance” from three perspectives.
2) The first perspective is that of a non-Christian.
a) In Mt. 19:14 the Lord said the “kingdom of heaven” belongs to “little children.”
b) This statement tells us that children pleasing to God and thus without sin.
c) Gen. 8:21 tells us man’s heart is “evil from his youth.”
d) The word “sin” is found quite often in the Bible and it means “missing the mark.”
e) Most of us have had a “mark” that we missed.
3) Rom. 5:20 – READ
a) Notice the word “abounded.”
b) Sin – the violations of God’s law – have mushroomed throughout our world.
4) Verse 8 – READ
5) Verse 10– READ
6) Verse 17– READ
7) God offers an “abundance” of grace to those who are not yet His people.
PRIOR TO A PERSON BECOMING A CHRISTIAN GOD DOES NOT OFFER A SECOND CHANCE TO PEOPLE; GOD OFFERS LITERALLY DOZENS, AND PERHAPS HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF CHANCES TO PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR SINS FORGIVEN.
1) What if someone does become a Christian and thus accepts the “second chance” offered by God?
2) Is there a “second chance” for forgiveness after we become a Christian?
3) The answer to this question is hinted at in Rom. 5.
a) In Acts 8:9 we read about a man named “Simon.”
b) Simon was a man who was involved with “sorcery.”
c) In the Old Testament passages like Lev. 19:31; 20:6 prohibited the Jews from being involved in this activity.
4) Simon heard the gospel and he became a Christian – verse 13 – READ
a) God’s grace is even available for those who are involved in things like witchcraft.
b) There is no sin that is too big for God to overcome by His grace.
5) The end of verse 13 says Simon “continued” with a gospel preacher by the name of Philip for a while.
6) Verse 14 – READ
a) Verse 17 – READ
b) The supernatural gifts that we read about were transmitted by the apostles.
7) The gifts were replaced; now, instead of the gifts, we have God’s completed word (the New Testament).
8) Verse 18 – READ
9) In verse 21 Peter said Simon’s heart “was not right with God.”
a) Did God give Simon a second chance?
b) Yes. Acts 8:22 says “repent and pray.”
1) God tells us a time will come when there are no more “second chances.”
2) Mt. 25:10 contains one of Jesus’ teachings that actually speaks about a “shut” door.
3) Heb. 9:27: “it is appointed unto men once to die.”
4) This morning God is offering us at least one more “second chance.”
5) If we need this opportunity to right our relationship with Him, will we accept it?