C2C – The Creation to Christ Story

PART1 – True Story from the Bible:

This is a summary story of the Most High God‟s relationship with the

world. This story is from a book called the Bible. Men did not make

up the Bible. 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. This story is true and reliable because it is the word

of the Most High God.

PART 2 – Created for a Relationship With God

Creator: 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 on earth and in

heaven and is all powerful over everything. When God began to

create things, He just used His words. He spoke and everything

came to being. He created angels to worship and serve Him. They

were very beautiful. He also created everything we can see — the

sky, land, water, mountains, oceans, sun, moon, stars, all plant and

animals. Finally, He created man according to His image. God

created man to enjoy all that He has created. God created

everything and saw that it was good.

God and Man in Relationship: 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

Fall of the Devil: 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 the worship and service. Therefore God cast the disobedient

angel, the devil, and the other angels who listened to him out of

heaven. These bad angels are known as demons.

Disobeying: One day, the devil tempted 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. Disobeying God’s command is sin.

God is righteous and holy. He must punish sin. 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.

All Have Sinned: Like the first man and the woman, all people

like 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

10 Commands: 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.

Remember God is perfect and holy, so we must be perfect and holy

to live with him. The 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 or commit adultery. However, no one was able to

obey all of these commands.

Sacrifices: 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 sin sacrifice became a ritual

rather than something from their heart. God became tired of their

insincere acts. People were still separated from God. We cannot

come back to God on our own no matter what we do.

PART 5 – Jesus Comes to Earth

God Sends Jesus: However, God still loved us very much.

Therefore 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.

Teacher: 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.

Storm: Jesus was also a powerful miracle worker. On one

occasion, He was with some of His followers crossing a large lake

on a boat. It was late at night. 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 said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Immediately the wind

and rained stopped. Jesus’ power is greater than the powers of

the world.

Feed 5000: On another 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 used the five loaves of bread and two fish to feed

over 5,000 people. Jesus’ power is able to satisfy man’s needs.

Demon-possessed Man: Another time, Jesus saw a man with

many demons inside him. The man was very powerful and

dangerous. Yet Jesus loved the man and cast the demons out of

him. Jesus is more powerful than the evil spiritual world.

Raising the Dead: Finally, on another occasion, Jesus‟ good friend

became sick and died. Jesus was not with him. Several days later

Jesus arrived at His friend‟s house. Jesus felt very sad. His friend

was already in the tomb. Jesus went to the front of the tomb and

said, “Friend, come out.” His friend was rose up and walked out of

the tomb alive! Jesus’ power is greater than death.

Love: Jesus did all these things because He loves people and

wants us all to come back to God.

PART 6 – Jesus, The Perfect Sacrifice

Perfect: Unlike us, Jesus never sinned. He obeyed His Father in

heaven perfectly. He alone never deserved to be punished.

Cross: Therefore most people loved Jesus. However, there 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, feet and body. Jesus suffered much pain on the cross.

Substitute: Jesus is the perfect sacrifice. Jesus was perfect and did

not deserve to die. Instead, Jesus died for all mankind. God loves

us and allowed Jesus to die on the cross in our place. Only through

the shedding of Jesus‟ precious blood was God able to forgive our

sin. Jesus death demonstrates God‟s love towards us.

Resurrection: 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 showed Himself to His followers! Then He

returned to His Father in heaven. 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.

A Son Leaves: 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.

Comes to His Senses: 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.’”

Repents: 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.”

Restored: 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.

Jesus Brings Us Back: 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. We can live with

Him forever in heaven.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes

to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Question: 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?

How to Come 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, we must turn from our old sinful life and ask God to forgive us. “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.

Prayer: 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 talk to God through prayer and He will hear you. If you truly mean it, then you may want to sign below to remember that today you came

back to God!

NAME______________________________ DATE___________________

Assurance

If you truly turned back to God, you are now God‟s child. You have a brand new life! 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.

Go Tell and Train Five

God‟s plan is not only to bring you back but to bring back you 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 at least five people you want to tell

this story to this week. Whom do you think most would like to hear this?

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Let’s practice telling the story together several times and then pray for the people you will tell. If they decide to follow Jesus, train them

to repeat the process the next week with five of their friends or family. I am giving you five copies of this lesson that you can give to

them.

I will meet again with you soon to see how you are doing with this, and I will train you in the next step in growing in your new relationship with God.

© 2011 Stephen R. Smith

Foundational Bible passages for C2C

Some people ask which passages the C2C story is based on. Here are the majority of the passages.

 2 Timothy 3:16

 Psalm 115:3-8

 1 Chronicles 16:25-28

 Nehemiah 9:6

 Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

 Genesis 1:26-27

 Genesis 2:4-25

 Ezekiel 28:12b-17

 Isaiah 14:12-15

 Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17; 3:1-24

 Isaiah 59:2

 Romans 3:23

 Romans 6:23a

 Exodus 20:1-17

 Hebrews 9:22b

 Lev 1:1-3; 4:13-21

 Isaiah 1:11

 John 3:16

 Luke 1:31-37

 Matthew 5:1-7:29

 Mark 4:35-5:20

 Mark 6:30-44

 John 11:1-44

 John 10:7-15

 Psalm 23:1-3

 1 Peter 2:22

 Hebrews 9:14

 John 1:29

 Luke 23:20-25, 32-48

 Revelation 5:9

 1 Peter 1:19

 Romans 5:8

 Luke 24:1-50

 Isaiah 53:6

 Luke 15:11-24, 32

 John 14:6

 Romans 10:9,10