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Session 10: Four Spiritual Laws
The Four Spiritual Laws were created by Campus Crusade For Christ
and have been one of the most popular methods for sharing the gospel
The Four Spiritual Laws are:
God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know
and experience God's love and plan for his life.
Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through
Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord;
then we know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
The Four Spiritual Laws are intended to be shared when you give
a person a copy of the Four Spiritual Laws tract. You can read through
the tract together, so there is no need to memorize your presentation.
The Four Spiritual Laws have been used effectively, but they can
be confusing to someone who has not grown up in a Christian culture.
For example, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your
life." can sound like the prosperity gospel--believe in Jesus
and your problems will go away. But the Bible never promises a wonderful
plan for your life.
When Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross next to his, did he
tell him that God had a wonderful plan for his life? No. The thief
was about to die in excruciating pain. The cross is one of the most
pain and cruel death devices ever invented. What was left of the
thief's life was going to be short and horrible.
Christianity promises persecution.
"Indeed, all who desire to live Godly
in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." - 2 Timothy 3:12
The tract does explain that God's wonderful plan for your life
is to have Jesus die on the cross that you might have life. Be sure
not to miss this point, which is made in the tract by quoting John
Another problem is that the Four Spiritual Laws completely avoid
defining sin. 1st John says that sin is lawlessness... breaking
God's laws. In the Four Spiritual Laws sin is described as being
separated from God. While that is true, it never explains what separates
us from God... our disobedience of God.
America has had a Christian cuilture since it was founded. People
in America, because of what we learned in school and from our culture,
understood what sin was and why we need a savior. But that is rapidly
changing. Christianity has been removed from our textbooks, classrooms,
entertainment, culture, homes and even from many churches. Unlike
the past, you can not automatically assume that someone understands
what sin is.
So if you are using the Four Spiritual Laws, be sure to explain
sin. People need to understand that sin is a word that means breaking
God's laws. Keep in mind what you say in Session Eight. People don't
even know what it means to break God's laws, because they don't
know God's laws. You may need to go through some
of the Ten Commandments with them so they understand sin and
their need for a savior.