God’s Purpose: Peace and Life
God loves us and wants us to experience peace and life, abundant (John 10:10) and eternal. We can have this peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). Those that place their trust in Jesus can have eternal life with God. (John 3:16)
The Problem: Our Separation
God created us in His own image (Genesis 1:27) to have an abundant life. But the sin of humans resulted in separation from God (Genesis 3, Romans 5:12). We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:14-15). We cannot work our way to God, and nothing we do can save us because of the separation (Titus 3:5).
God’s Grace: The Cross
God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth to pay the penalty for our sin by dying on the Cross (Romans 5:8) which bridged the gap between God and people. After three days Jesus rose from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus became the mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5).
Your Part: The Response
To receive Jesus Christ, you must understand the problem, that you are a sinner and nothing you do on your own will gain you eternal life with God (Ephesians 2:8-9). You must repent of your sins. You must believe that Jesus Christ died for you and put your trust in Jesus as your Lord and Master. When you do this, you become one of God’s children (Romans 10:13), the Holy Spirit indwells you, and you begin the amazing journey of growing in the knowledge of this great God and living a life that serves your risen Lord.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:9-10
Example prayer (Saying words does not save, only faith in Jesus Christ):
“Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. Please forgive me. I believe that Jesus died for my sins. I want to turn away from sin and obey You with my life. I understand that there is nothing I can do to save myself. Please save me, make me your child, and teach me Your will that I may obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Believers Duty: God’s Will
Through trust in Jesus Christ you can now have eternal life with God in heaven. This is His amazing grace. Once you have surrendered your life to God, the journey has just begun. Believers are filled with the Holy Spirit and given unique gifts to obey God’s commands and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, the way of salvation. You are to make disciples of Christ who make more disciples. Believers are to read God’s Word (the Bible) to understand His will, to pray to Him and to ask for direction in life, and walk in obedience to His Word. Believers of Jesus Christ are not perfect people. You will fail, but you have a merciful and forgiving God and Father who hears your prayers.
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