Commit yourself to your loving Savior
"And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him, too, for each day's problems; ...See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous..."
To keep growing in your relationship with God...
* Go to God daily in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)
* Read your Bible daily (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
* Obey God (Luke 6:46-48)
*Worship in a local church regularly (Hebrews 10: 24-25)
* Tell others about Jesus Christ and what He did for you (1Peter 3:15-16)
* Holy Sprit - let the Holy Spirit direct your life (John 14:26)
God commits Himself to you
Your trust in Jesus Christ begins a lifelong relationship.
* God assures you that Jesus Christ has come into your life
"I am in my Father, and you in Me and I in you." (John 14:20)
* God will never leave you. "I will never, never fail you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
* God completely forgives your sin. "For He forgave all your sins, and blotted out the charges proved against you." (Colossians 2:13-14)
* God assures you that you have eternal life. "I have written this to you who believe in the Son of God so you may know that you have eternal life." (1John 5:13)
* God gives you His Holy Spirit to enable you to live the Christian life. "Let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives." (Galations 5:25)
You can express your faith (trust) through prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. You may use the following words or your own.
"God, I know I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. I know that my sin has separated me from You. I'm so very, very sorry for my sins
(at this time ask forgiveness for the sins you can think of)
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for my sins and rose again from the dead. Thank you that Jesus Christ died in my place. I ask You, Jesus to forgive me of my sin and please accept my repentance and come into my life. Please direct my life. Thank you God, for your gift of eternal life and when I die I will go to Heaven and be with You. Amen"
Receiving Christ as your Savior and Lord means:
* Turning to God from your own way of living (repentance)
* Inviting Jesus Christ to come into your life and trusting Him to forgive your sin.
* Asking God to direct your life. Telling Him that you totally trust Him for your life here and in eternity
* Thanking Him for the gift of Salvation
You can begin your personal relationship with God by receiving Jesus Christ by faith
You respond with trust in Christ by turning from your sin to God's Way
God has made a way for you to enter into Heaven by the work of Jesus Christ. To have Eternal Life in Heaven, you must respond to Jesus Christ's gift of Eternal Life.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23)
You respond by receiving Christ
"And this is the testimony; that God has given use eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that does not have the Sone of God does not have life. These things I have written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life." ( 1John 5:11-13)
"Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to Him so He can cleanse away your sins..." (Acts 3:19)
Why did Christ have to rise from the dead?
"Christ died for our sins just as the Scriptures said He would...He was buried...three days afterwards He rose from the grave just as the prophets foretold...He was seen by more than five hundred brethren" (I Corinthians 15:3c)
How can you begin your personal relationship with God and have Eternal Life in Heaven?
Why did Jesus Christ have to die?
"The wages of sin is death"(Romans 6:23a)
We can't pay the price, the wages of our sins ourselves, right? We can't die eternally, physically, and spiritually, we're human. But Christ, being God and coming in the bodily form of a human, could satisfy the Father's law of One dieing physically, spiritually, and eternally (taking the eternal punishment).
By accepting Jesus Christ's payment on the Cross and trusing Jesus as your Savior from Hell
The Father rose Christ from the dead because Jesus fulfilled the requirements for giving us eternal life
"Yes, all have sinned and fall short of God's glorious ideal" (Romans 3:23)
What happens when we sin?
"But the trouble is that your sins have cut you off from God." (Isaiah 59:2)
"For the price of sin is death." (Romans 6:23)
What is the solution to our separation from God?
Only through Jesus Christ can you have a personal relationship with God
If you were to die today, and meet God,
and He asked you
why He should let you into His Heaven,
what would you say?
Here's some Excellent News!
You were created with value and worth.
God wants your life to count
God loves you and created you to have a personal relationship with Him
God wants you to know Him
"And this is the way to have Eternal Life
by knowing You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One You sent to Earth!" (John 17:3)
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex" Psalm 139:13-14
Our sin keeps us from having a personal relationship with God
It is only through Jesus Christ that we can have a relationship with God
In John 14:6 Jesus witnessed and proclaimed, "I am the Way - yes, and the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
Why is it that many people do not have a personal relationship with God?
What in the world is Sin?
Sin is thinking, doing, believing what is contrary to God's Ways, His Word, His Law