River exists to declare the Good News that God so loves the world He sent His Son to save it (John 3:16). This Good News sets our hearts on fire so we can’t help but share it… and to do that we use four words that spell FIRE.
God is crazy about you! Like any good father, He loves his children. We are the reason He created the world, He wanted sons & daughters so love would abound. His plan and desire was that we would grow up to be just like Him, which happens as we learn to trust Him, love one another and look after creation.
Eph 1:4-5, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:7-8, Genesis 1:26-28
We chose independence, trusting our own thinking rather than His, and have wandered away from Him. He had a glorious purpose for us, but we chose a lesser, more painful path (i.e. we sinned) and consequently, the whole world has suffered. Despite our rejection of Him and the anger He feels at seeing His children and creation suffer, He has never abandoned us.
Genesis 3, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23
Father longs for us all to come back to Him and so sent His Son, Jesus, to fully reveal Himself, aiming to win our hearts with His love. He showed us the kind of wonder-filled life we could live as children of God. He went to the cross to prove His love for the Father and to pick up the tab for our mess. Finally, God raised Him to free us from the fear of death.
1 John 4:9-10, John 14:6, 31, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Hebrews 2:14-15
God is gentle and won’t force His will on us, but when we choose to place our trust in Him and invite Him in, He comes to live with us by the Spirit. The same Spirit that led Jesus, leads us and empowers us to heal the pains and mend the brokenness we see around us. In this way, we fulfil God’s glorious plan as we partner with Him to save the whole of creation!
1 John 4:12-14, Luke 11:13, Romans 8:21, Revelation 3:20
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