What You Need to Know

  1. Below lays out how you can come to know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

    Admit your spiritual need. We are all sinners...people don't always like that title. The one word that defines all sin is the Greek word harmatia, which means "to miss the mark." What is God's mark? Jesus said, "Be perfect as My Father in heaven is perfect." Unless a person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. Romans 3:23 states, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

    1. What is the result of sin? In Romans 6:23 we read "The wages of sin is death..." Every one of us has missed God's mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are getting only what we deserve, and we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth.
    2. Since we can never measure up to God's standards on our own, God has reached out to humankind. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God, who is perfect, can and has. He has become a bridge for us. John 3:16-17 states, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." In Romans 5:8 we read, "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
    3. If a person acknowledges that he or she is a sinner, repents from his or her sins, and accepts the promise that Christ is the solution, that person is at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God's solution and accept the consequences, or that person must accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. What must a person do to accept this gift? Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28-30 states, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me...for My yoke is easy and My burden is light." 
    4. His invitation is clear. We must come to Him. All that remains is a response. In Romans 6:23 we read, "...the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." What do we have to do to receive that gift? Take it! Revelation 3:20 states, "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into our lives. John 1:12 states, "For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God." If you would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, pray a prayer something like this from the sincerity of your heart...

      Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

      If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but he has forgiven you of all your sin. The Bible tells us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). God also promises, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us" (Psalms 103:12).
      Ephesians 2:8-9"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."


Six Ways to Grow in your relationship with the Lord 

You have just begun a new life in Jesus Christ. God's Word declares that you are a new creation in Christ, all the old things have passed away, behold all things, are new. To grow in this new relationship with Jesus Christ here are some steps you should follow.

 

  1. Read your Bible
    Might I suggest starting in the book of John in the New Testament and reading through to the last book in the New Testament? The Bible is the instructional manual for God's Kids. Seek it, read it, live it, wear it out!
  2. Pray everyday
    This is simply talking to God as you would your friend. God desires to be your best friend that will never leave you nor forsake you.
  3. Look for a church
    Jesus established the church so you could enjoy the sweet fellowship with other believers. But not just any church. Find a church where Jesus Christ is preached and the Bible is the only authority. There are no other substitutes.
  4. Obey God's word
    A true believer will hear God's word and act upon it. The true mark of a Born Again Christian is a changed life.
  5. Share your faith
    Let someone know what you have done and tell them about the truth that you have discovered in Jesus Christ. The Bible declares that the truth will set you free. Even as it has set you free, use it to set others free as well.
  6. Live by His power
    The Christian lifestyle is impossible for you to live out in your own strength. Admit to God that you can't and tell Him that you believe that He can as He pours out His Holy Spirit upon you. The Holy Spirit in your life empowers you to be all that you can be in God's family.

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