I absolutely dig John Macarthur’s Bible studies. I own at least 10 of them. They are study booklets with 12 lessons each, designed to complete over a 12 week period.
While doing lesson 2 in the guide for 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude, a question was asked in the beginning of the study:
If a stranger approached you on the street corner and asked, “What must I do to be saved?” how would you respond?
I would inform them of how their natural state, as a sinner, places them at odds with an infinitely holy and just God. Because of this, we deserve His infinite and unbridled full wrath. Because of this, we cannot do anything at ALL to remedy our situation. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to take on our sins so that we might take on His righteousness. How do we receive this righteousness that comes through Christ alone? How might we have each and every one of our sins – past, present, and future – forgiven? We must repent, which means to turn away from our sin, and turn TO Jesus. We must forsake worldliness and trust Christ. We must recognize that we are indeed sinful and that we need a Savior. We cannot clean ourselves. We cannot justify ourselves. By placing saving faith in Jesus Christ, we are made right with God, therefore being seen as righteous in God’s eyes. This is CRAZY! And it is hard to believe. But it is true. God has made it so.
Hallelujah, what a Savior!