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You were created by a loving God.
You have great value. God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you.. The world around us tells us that we are all accidents of nature. Some product of random events over time. They say we began as ooze evolving into monkeys and now humans. The worldly attitude is that we live, we die, and to grab all that we can while on this earth. In contrast the Bible tells us we are not simply adaptations but we are here for a purpose, and we can find the ultimate fulfillment by finding a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
God Created You
God knew you well before you were born, even while you were in your mother’s womb. He knew all about your family and your life up until now. He wants to give you an all new start and a new way of living. He can do that when you give him your life. Why would you do that? Because…
God Wants You
God is not some “force”, an unspeaking or unseeing idol up in the sky, or merely an alternative name for your own self-esteem. God is a person, your creator, who created you to be in a relationship with him. Why? Because…
God Loves You
You can turn control of your life over to God, because He loves you and wants only the best for you. His love for you is so great that He gave His only son Jesus, to die on the cross for you. We’ll talk more about that in a moment. I just want to make sure you realize that when you trust God, you are trusting the One who created you. When you turn your life over to Him, you are giving your life to the One who knows you best, inside and out. Don’t you think a that’s a perfect place to put your trust?
What is sin?
I John 3:4 “Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.”
Most people don’t understand the concept of sin. We live in a fairly amoral world where the majority believes that each person can decide what is right and what is true. Televison and movies don’t help with their portrayals of happy people blatantly living sinful lives. God tells us there is such thing as “sin”.
God is perfect and holy. People are sinful. You probably already know that about yourself. Try being “perfect” for a day and you’ll quickly find out you can’t do it. Sin seperates us from God. Sin means not understanding or caring about what is right. You defy God if you know what is right and then refuse to do it.
Who has sinned?
Romans 5:17 “For the sin of one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many.”
The Bible says everyone has sinned. We’re human, we can’t help it. When Adam sinned back in the Garden of Eden, sin entered the human race and sinfulness is part of our human nature. You might be asking, “So what”?
What’s so bad about sin?
Isaiah 59:2 “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.”
Sin leads to death. Big Problem! Because God is perfect, He cannot have anything to do with us because we are sinners. He wants to have a personal relationship with us but He can’t because of our sin. So what did God do? He gave us His only son, Jesus Christ.
Why Jesus Christ?
So we learned that God can’t have anything to do with us because of sin. Well, He decided to deal with our sin. Problem was, He had made it clear throughout the Old Testament that sin leads to death. In the Old Testament, people sacrificed animals as a way to show how sorry they were for their sins. And that was only temporary. God’s plan all along was to send his son, Jesus Christ to live on this earth and be the perfect human being to be the final and ultimate sacrifice.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Jesus died to take the penalty for our sins. He took our punishment so we wouldn’t have to. Now, because of Jesus, the way is prepared for us to have the ability to have a personal relationship with a holy God. The fact of salvation means nothing unless a person accepts it for themselves.
Even if you grew up in church, you still need to accept Jesus personally. If you have led a terrible sinful life, no one is too bad for God. Someone doesn’t have to “clean up their act” before coming to Christ. God wants all people to come to Him.
Confess Your Belief In Christ
You simply need to believe. That doesn’t mean you don’t have lots of questions or that you understand everything. It simply means you recognize you are a sinner and are in need of the Savior. You recognize that you cannot be good enough for a perfect God on your own. And the fact that God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to save you. If you believe that, say so…
You can express your belief and trust in Christ through prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. He knows what you mean even when it is difficult to express. You can use your own words or repeat the following prayer…
“Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from you. Thank you for Jesus Christ died in my place. I ask Jesus to forgive my sin and to come into my life. Please begin to direct my life. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
That’s it! You are officially a member of God’s family. You are my new brother or sister in Christ. Just as a baby isn’t born and left to fend for himself, so a newborn believer in God’s family needs some guidance. So you prayed the prayer…
Grow, grow, grow…
If you have prayed for the Lord to forgive you and come into your heart, you have just made the most important decision of your life. As your brother in Christ, I will be glad to help you in your new walk with Jesus. I don’t have all the answers, but will do my best with any questions you have or encourage you in any way. I’m only an email away.
- Steps for New and Growing Christians
- Becoming a Christian is the most incredible event that will ever take place in your life. You have found peace with your Creator. You have found everlasting life! Be assured–God will never leave you nor forsake you. He has brought you this far and He will complete the wonderful work He has begun in you. God knows your every thought, your every care and your deepest concerns.