In this video Steve Smith narrates the Creation to Christ story:
This gospel presentation is bearing fruit in cultures around the world through people putting their faith in Christ and then learning and sharing this story as part of a discipleship process. Become part of the No Place Left story by learning and sharing this Creation to Christ story with others in your own words.
Don’t be just a spectator!
Use this video for review as you learn to tell this story in your own words.
It’s easy—one short section at a time!
Below is the script just as it appears in Steve’s 2015 novel:
HASTENING—book 1 of the No Place Left saga
Would you like to read a summary of the whole Bible in ten minutes?
What follows is simply that.
It explains the gospel as the power of God to bring salvation in a way that someone with no knowledge of God can understand. This is the message KPF teams are sharing around the world.
This story can help you in two ways:
- If you have never personally put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Master, Creation to Christ explains how you too can come to God, receive new life as His son or daughter and find the life you were meant to have. You can make that decision right now.
- Creation to Christ is also a simple way to learn and present the good news in a story format that anyone can understand. It’s easy to learn one part at a time. And when you’ve learned them all you can tell the whole story in fifteen minutes!
CREATION TO CHRIST
This is a story that is changing the lives of people all over the world.
PART 1—True Story from the Bible
It is a story of the Most High God’s relationship with the world. It is from a book called the Bible. People did not make up the Bible, but rather it is the Word of the Most High God. The Most High God is more powerful than any ancestor, person, government or god that people worship. He is all powerful. This story is true and reliable because it is the Word of the Most High God.
PART 2—Created for a Relationship With God
There is only one God, and He is the Most High God. He existed in the beginning before there was anything else. The Most High God is the Creator. He created everything we can see and cannot see. He created things we cannot see such as angels. They are beautiful spirits who worship and serve God. He also created everything we can see—the sky, land, water, mountains, oceans, sun, moon, stars, all plants and animals. Finally, He created a man and a woman according to His image. When God began to create things, He just spoke and everything came into being. God created everything and saw that it was good.
God placed the man and woman in a beautiful garden to live. They had a very good relationship with Him and with each other. He told them to take care of the garden and enjoy everything. He gave them a special command: they could eat from every tree in the garden except one. If they ate from that one tree, they would be punished and die. The man and woman listened to God and had a wonderful relationship with Him in the garden. God created us to have a wonderful relationship with Him forever!
PART 3—People are Separated from God
However, do you remember the angels God created? One of the angels was very smart and beautiful. This angel became very proud. He wanted to be like God and to have the other angels to worship him instead of God. Only God deserves all worship and service. Therefore God cast the disobedient angel, the devil, and the other angels who listened to him out of heaven. These evil angels are known as demons.
One day, the devil tempted the woman to eat the food from the tree that was forbidden. The woman listened to the devil and ate the fruit. Then she gave it to her husband to eat. Both of them disobeyed God’s command. Sin is any time we disobey God’s commands. God is righteous and holy. He must punish sin. Therefore God cast the man and the woman out of the garden, and their relationship with God was broken. Human beings and God were now separated forever.
Like the first man and the woman, all of us since then have sinned by not listening to God’s commands and are separated from God. The result of sin is eternal punishment in hell. We cannot live forever with God as we were designed.
PART 4—People Can’t Come Back to God
Over time, the number of people on earth multiplied. Yet God loved them very much and wanted them to have a relationship with Him. He gave them 10 commandments to follow. These 10 commandments teach people how to relate to God and how to relate to people. Some of the commands were: do not worship other gods or make idols; honor your parents; do not lie, steal, murder, commit adultery or covet the things other people have. However, no one was able to obey all of these commands.
So, each time they sinned, God allowed them to repent of their sins and offer a blood sacrifice to take the place of their punishment. This sacrifice was shedding the blood of a perfect animal like a lamb. If they would repent and offer the blood sacrifice, God would forgive them and let the animal die in their place. Only by the shedding of blood can a person’s sin be forgiven. However, people kept sinning and the sacrifices became empty rituals rather than something from their heart. God became tired of their insincere acts. People were still separated from God. People could not come back to God on their own no matter what they did. What could be done?
PART 5—Jesus Comes to Earth
However, God still loved us very much. Therefore at just the right time, He gave us a perfect way to reconnect to Him. God sent Jesus to show us the way back to Himself. Who is Jesus? Jesus is God’s one and only Son. Around age 30 he was baptized and then began to minister in the power of God’s Spirit.
When Jesus was on earth, He was a wise teacher. Many people would come to hear Him teach about how they could return to God.
Jesus was also a powerful miracle worker. On one occasion over 5,000 people came to listen to Jesus teach about God. When evening came they had not eaten and were hungry. Altogether they only had five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus held up the loaves and the fish, blessed them and then passed them out. Jesus used the five loaves of bread and two fish to feed over 5,000 people. Jesus has the power to meet our needs.
On another occasion Jesus and His followers crossed a large lake on a boat. While Jesus was sleeping, a powerful storm arose on the lake. Jesus’ followers were very afraid. They awakened Jesus and said, “We are about to die!” Jesus rebuked the wind and spoke to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Immediately the wind and rained stopped. Jesus has power over the natural world.
When they got to the other side, Jesus saw a man with many demons inside him. The man was very powerful and dangerous. People were very afraid of him. Yet Jesus loved the man and spoke, casting the demons out of him. Jesus is more powerful than the evil spiritual world.
Finally, on another occasion, Jesus’ good friend became sick and died. Several days later Jesus arrived at His friend’s house. Jesus felt very sad and wept. His friend was already in the tomb. Jesus went to the front of the tomb and said, “Friend, come out.” His friend rose up and walked out of the tomb alive! Jesus has power over death.
Jesus did all these things because He loves people and wants us all to come back to God.
PART 6—Jesus, The Perfect Sacrifice
Unlike us, Jesus never sinned. He obeyed His Father in heaven perfectly. He alone never deserved to be punished.
Therefore most people loved Jesus. However, some religious leaders were jealous of Jesus. These men arrested Jesus and decided to kill Him. They placed Jesus on a large cross which is two large pieces of wood shaped in a “t”. They took His hands and His feet and nailed them to the cross. His precious blood flowed from His hands and feet and dripped to the ground. Jesus suffered much pain on the cross.
On the cross, Jesus became the perfect sacrifice. Jesus died for all mankind. God loves us and allowed Jesus to die on the cross in our place to take our punishment. Only through the shedding of Jesus’ precious blood was God able to forgive our sin. Jesus death demonstrates God’s love towards us.
After Jesus died, he was placed in a secure tomb. However this story doesn’t end here. On the third day Jesus rose from the dead and proved He was Who He said He was! Then He returned to His Father in heaven but will come back one day as Judge to make all things right. Jesus took our punishment and now provides a way for us to come back to God!
PART 7—The Wandering Son
Before He left the earth, Jesus told a story to his followers about a father and his sons.
The father had two sons. The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my share of the inheritance.” So he divided his property between them. The younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there wasted his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, he began to be in need. So he went and got a lowly job feeding pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
One day he came to his senses. He said, “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’”
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him. He ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”
But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.
PART 8—How to come back to God
We are all like the younger son. We all have left God and are forever separated from Him. We all must repent of our sins and return to God. Only Jesus can lead us back to God’s side and make us His son or daughter. Only then can we can live the life we were meant to live here on earth and with Him forever in heaven.
Only Jesus can bring us back. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
We must go through Jesus to return to God. How can we go through Jesus? You must admit to God that you have sinned against Him. You must believe that Jesus died in your place. You put your trust in Jesus to bring you back and give you eternal life as God’s son or daughter. From that point on, you let Jesus be your Master and obey His word.
Do you want to let Jesus bring you back to God?
The whole Creation to Christ story is summarized in one verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes [trusts] in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
To come back to God, you must put your faith (trust) in Jesus. To do that, you must turn from our old sinful life and ask God to forgive you. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 He is a treasure worth joyfully giving your life to gain!
Therefore, to return to God you must repent (turn from) your sins and believe in Jesus as your new Master.
God wants you, your family and friends to return to Him. To return, you must believe in your heart and confess …
God, I know you love me, but I have sinned against you.
However, Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for my sin. I believe and trust in Jesus to take my punishment.
I confess I have sinned and am sorry. God please forgive me.
I put my trust in You, Jesus, and ask you to lead me back to God.
I agree to joyfully obey You as my Master from this moment on as I read the Bible.
Thank you for my new and eternal life as your child.
You can speak to God out loud or silently right now and He will hear you.
If you truly turned back to God, you are now God’s child. You have a brand new life – forgiven of your sins and are a new creation! God’s Spirit now lives in you. The Bible says:
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13
No matter what happens, you are now God’s child forever! He wants you to rest assured that you have a new life and nothing can separate you again!
It is important now to meet with other believers, read God’s Word and pray to Him regularly to grow in your new relationship with God.
God’s plan is not only to bring you back but to bring back your family and friends through you. God is waiting for your whole family to believe in Him. Go home and tell your family and friends this good news. God loves them too! Write down the names of people you want to tell this story to this week. Who do you think would most like to hear it?