A Few Important Truths:
a Christian is simple, and that is why many find it so hard. To be a Christian,
you must come to grips in your mind and heart with a few important truths:
- There is a
God. He loves you, and He wants you to have a wonderful, abundant life. In
fact, God has said to us, "I have come that they might have life, and
have it more abundantly." God has also said, "I know the plans
that I have for you, plans to prosper you, plans to give you a hope and
a future. Furthermore, God desires to have a personal relationship
with you. This means He wishes to be actively involved in your life and
commune with you daily.
- However, there
is an obstacle that keeps you from God. The obstacle is called sin. Simply
put, sin is disobedience to God. God teaches that all people have sin.
Unfortunately, there is a penalty
for sin that all people must pay--separation from God, death and eternal
punishment. This is quite a penalty! It is impossible to have the abundant life
of God while you have sin. Since all people have sin, they must all pay the
penalty. All of the problems in the world today can be traced to humanity's
sin. People who are destined to pay the penalty for sin are called
- How do you get
rid of the penalty for sin? One person, Jesus Christ, was sent
from God to live a perfect life (without sin) and pay the penalty for sin
on your behalf.
How was He able to live a perfect life? He was the Son of God.
How did He pay the penalty for your sin? He, being a sinless man,
suffered death, and the death of a sinful man at that. He died, nailed to
a Roman cross around 33 AD. Jesus died as a result of the sin of all mankind.
To prove that Jesus paid the penalty for sin and that He is the Son of
God, God resurrected Jesus from death after three days. This means that
Jesus is still alive today! By paying the penalty for sin, Jesus has
become the only way to establish a relationship with God.
- If Jesus did
all of this, what prevents you from having a relationship with God right
The things that Jesus accomplished for us are only available to us if we
receive them by faith. Jesus said, "For God so loved the world, that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall
not perish but have eternal life." To have the penalty for sin
removed from your life, you must believe in what Jesus did for you. You
must have faith in Jesus.
One of Jesus's followers put it this way, "If you confess with your
mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him
from the dead, you will be saved." Being saved is the opposite of
being lost. It is the state of being in relationship to God and being
immune to God's penalty for having sin. People who are saved by Jesus are
called Christians. The word Christian simply means "someone who
follows Christ." A Christian is positioned to have the abundant life
Knowing this, What must you do?
order to have a relationship with God right now, and to have the abundant life
that He has prepared for you, you must believe Jesus died on a cross on your
behalf, and you must believe that He was resurrected by God as proof. You must
believe these things sincerely in your heart to the point that you are willing
to confess them with your mouth to anyone you meet.
said, "Whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you call upon the name of the Lord Jesus, this is evidence that you believe
in Him, and you shall be saved.
pray this prayer, and you shall be saved:
Lord Jesus, I come to you now as one of the lost of humanity. I believe that
you paid the penalty for my sin. I also believe that you rose from the dead,
and that you are the Son of God. Without your sacrifice on the cross I would
have no possibility of a relationship with God. Please forgive my sin and
disobedience to God. With your help, I will now live a life in obedience to
God. Please save me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen."
you prayed the prayer above, you are a Christian. Certain things will happen to
you now as a result:
- You are a
member of the family of God. You are a son or daughter of God. God calls
the experience of becoming a Christian "being born again."
You have been born into God's heavenly family. Just as human families have
privileges, so does the family of God.
- The moment you
prayed, God sent his Spirit to live inside of you. The Holy Spirit of God
will help you live a Christian life. The Holy Spirit will empower you to
live God's abundant life!
- You can rest
assured that all of the penalties for sin in your life have been wiped
out. You are no longer responsible for the penalty of sin.
- You are now
positioned to have the abundant life that God has planned for you.
will begin to find that you will want to know more about God. You will want to
serve God, which means do things for Him. And, you will want to tell others
about your experience. Allow these things to happen. There are further steps
that God will ask you to take as a Christian. Please contact our ministry so
that we can provide you with more information.
you prayed the prayer above, let us know.
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