FORERUNNER Week 3 Devotions (with scripture)
Monday, June 10, 2024 - Read John 3:16-17 - 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him
 
The good news is that God loves the whole world - including you. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to take upon Himself your sins and die in your place so that you might have life abundant and eternal through Him. The Bible tells us that Jesus “suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18). This is the good news that comes when we believe and put our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior.
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - Read Romans 3:23 & 6:23 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (3:23). For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (6:23).
 
Why did Jesus have to die? Because sin separates us from God. Sin is an archery term which literally means “missing the mark.” When we choose to disregard God’s Word and God’s Way, we “miss the mark,” we “fall short” of all that God wants for us. And just like in any relationship, transgressions separate. God created us for relationship with Himself, but because we have chosen to go our own way, our lives are headed towards eternal separation from God. But because of God’s love, we can receive the free gift of eternal life by accepting Jesus’ death on the cross on our behalf and welcoming Him as our Savior and Lord.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - Read Romans 5:6-8 - 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus’ death on the cross was the greatest demonstration of love God could ever express to you and to me. Before His arrest and subsequent crucifixion, Jesus said, “greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). We prove our love when we are willing to make sacrifices for others. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us so that we could receive God’s love and accept His gift of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Thursday, June 13, 2024 - Read 1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
 
Sin separates! But when we confess our sin, when we acknowledge our need, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from everything that separates us. Do you want to be forgiven? Do you desire to be cleansed of all unrighteousness and restored to a right relationship with God? Then simply confess (admit) your sin to God and ask Him to forgive you and restore you today.
 
Friday, June 14, 2024 - Read John 1:12 - Yet to all who receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. 
A gift isn’t ours until we open it up and make it our own. The same is true of salvation. Jesus offers eternal life to all who believe, but until we put our faith into action and receive Jesus into our hearts as our Savior and Lord, this incredible gift remains unopened. Will you open the gift today by not only believing who Jesus is, the Son of God who takes away the sins of the world, but by receiving Him as your personal Savior and welcoming Him to be the Lord of your life?