HOW TO COME TO A RELATIONSHIP WITH Jesus Christ
GOD'S PLAN FOR YOU
There's great news! God is real and He loves you!! He wants to have a relationship with YOU!
The Bible tells us God created everything, including you and I, and He is in charge of everything.
Genesis 1:1; Revelation 4:11; Colossians 1:16-17
We all choose to disobey God. the Bible calls this sin. Sin separates us from God and deserves God's punishment which is death.
Romans 3:23; 6:23
God sent Jesus, His Son, the only perfect solution to our sin problem, to rescue us from the punishment we deserve.
John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9
Jesus lived a holy perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose from the grave to reign eternally. Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can be welcomed into God's family for eternity. This is a free give that has been given to you and there is nothing anyone can do to earn it.
Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 2:8-9
JESUS GIVES LIFE
Believe in your heart that Jesus alone saves you through what He has already done on the cross. Repent, turning from self and sin to Jesus. Tell God and others what Christ has done for you and your faith in Jesus.
John 14:6; Romans 10:9-10,13
WE RESPOND IN FAITH
SIN CAME INTO THE WORLD
Sin is any act that displeases God, as sin separates us from God, who is perfect, such that the payment we are to pay for sin is
spiritual death -- permanent separation from God. Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Spiritual Death entered into the world when Adam, the original man God created, sinned.
Genesis 2:1 says, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die."
The Bible also says in Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." We are all sinners, by birth. But it doesn't end their. God had a plan to make the required payment for our sins.
GOD IS YOUR CREATOR
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth", Genesis 1:1 declares one God created all things. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” is a beautiful statement from Psalm 19:1 that indicates one of the purposes of the created universe: the universe reveals the majesty of its Creator. You are a part of that universe and you were designed to reveal the majesty of our Creator as well. The world we know and the world as it was created, are two very different things. When we were created we lived in a world without sin and death. God created the first humans named Adam and Eve and gave them charge over all that He had created. He gave them one simple rule, that they not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If they should be disobedient they would surely die. Well, you can guess what happened. Adam sinned, ate from the tree, and sin entered the world. As God said there would be payment of death for sin. Rather than end Adam's life, God chose to have mercy and sacrificed a lamb in Adam's place.
Jesus sent to earth
Because we are all born sinful, we are unable by our own strength and morality--to please a perfect God. However, God sent His son Jesus as your representative and your ransom from being held accountable for paying the price of sin, which is death.
John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." As biblical prophesy had declared, Jesus was born of a virgin in the small town of Bethlehem. He came to declare the kingdom of God and share the good news of salvation through faith in Him. He lived a life without sin so that He could become sin on a cross as payment for our sins. He called men that would serve as His apostles in helping to spread the word throughout all regions of the world. He came to shepherd His flock, those who would know and trust in Him as their King, not of this world, but of the eternal spiritual Kingdom of God.
SACRIFICE WAS REQUIRED
Someone had to pay with thier life for all of the worlds sin. Hebrews 9:22 says, "In fact, the law requires that... without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." God had a plan to settle the account for sin all along. At the age of 33, after 3 years of ministry, Jesus was willingly handed over to the Roman government for crimes He did not commit. The people demanded that Jesus be nailed to a cross as a criminal because He claimed to be The King of the Jews. Although not a crime according to Roman officials, the government gave in to the will of the people and had Him crucified. Jesus willingly and obediently died to pay for the sins of man. It doesn't end there though. By the power of God in Him, He rose from the grave after having been buried for 3 days. Conquering death and making it possible to be saved from the penalty of sin; Jesus gave us the opportunity to accept and follow Jesus as our personal savior.
So, we need to be saved from what, and why? Sin that condemned the world has condemned you too. Through trust and faith that God is who He says He is, that He loves you, and that He provided the payment for our sin by His own son’s death as our substitute, all sins, past, present and future were forgiven by Christ at the cross. Asking God to forgive you and repenting from your sins allows you access to Him through His Son and the Holy Spirit. You are now free to build a personal relationship with your Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ. Hearing God's voice begins through reading and God's word, the Holy Bible, and listening to the Holy Spirit. Talk to God in your own words. If you need guidance in prayer, Jesus said in Matthew 6:9-13, "Pray then like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
YOUR WALK IN FAITH
accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior
If you desire to experience the Lord's presence in your life and know His power and wisdom than you can accept Jesus as your Savior. God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you forever. Romans 10:9 promises, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Profess Jesus as your savior. Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Say, "Father in Heaven, I believe that Jesus died for my sins." And God will impart eternal life to your spirit. Therefore, you should declare to God that you are ready and willing to trust Him for salvation. With this simple prayer share with God in your own words:
Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally. Please give me the strength, wisdom, and determination to walk in the center of Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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Should You Feel Different After Accepting Christ?
Some people have a big, emotional event while others might grow in faith gradually. Emotions can be misleading, so let’s see what the Bible says happens after you accept Jesus.
“He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.” 2 Corinthians 1:22
God Promises Us Eternal Life
God’s promise is that whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life and is a child of God. (John 3:16, John 1:12) God doesn’t lie, so we can trust his promises. If you have made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your savior, then God has sent His Holy Spirit to live in you. This is based on God’s promise, not the way you feel after you accept Christ.
“So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie...” Hebrews 6:18
The Holy Spirit Guarantees We Belong to Christ
Jesus promised he would send you an “Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth...and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17) But what does the Holy Spirit mean to you? The Holy Spirit is your guarantee, or seal, that your hope in Jesus is secure. The Bible says, “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance...” (Ephesians 1:13-14) When you place your faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of you. It’s the Holy Spirit that guarantees you belong to God, not a feeling!
God Makes Us New
After you accept Christ, you may not feel different, but the Bible says God makes us a brand new person! “...anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Then, the Holy Spirit helps you understand God’s word and gives you power to live more like Jesus. If you have accepted Christ, let God do His work in you! “I am confident that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6)
Is It Really That Easy?
Yes and no. The Bible never tells us that as Christians we will have an easy life. People like Apostle Paul suffered a lot after accepting the Jesus as their Savior. Belief in Jesus does not mean life is going to get easier. It does NOT mean that Jesus will give you money, make you successful, will make you rich, keep you healthy, make people like you automatically, or make conflict with others disappear. When we receive Jesus Christ as savior and lord of our life, we still live in a fallen world that is full of misfortune and tragedy. The difference Jesus is present in the midst of life’s storms, and will never leave your side.
If you study God's word, the Bible, and pray, Jesus will help transform your life so that you will be more loving, accepting, forgiving and compassionate. Your priorities will change: value others more than yourself, value money less. be more willing to help others, even give your wealth to help others, suffer with others, make sacrifices for love, compassion and justice for those around us. Yet you will feel good about it, even joy from doing and giving. The Bible says you may even suffer persecution standing in faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus will give you strength and peace, comfort you in hard times, and sickness, provide in times of need.
Love, grace, mercy, peace, joy, faith, comfort, strength, hope, and eternal life are what Jesus offers us, if we are wise and humble enough to accept them. If you value these things more than worldly things, then your life will seem infinitely better.
A life of purpose
Before you accepted Christ, you lived your life as your own. Now that you belong to Jesus, your life is His. Don't be afraid! Be prepared for great things as you let Jesus guide your path. As you have been shown God's mercy and forgiveness through His plan of salvation, Chris calls you to share the good news with the rest of the world. Matthew 28:18-20 says, "I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this - that I am with you always, even to the end of the world." This is a powerful statement for all who follow Christ. God's call is for every believer, not just a few missionaries and pastors who love our Lord. Everyone is commanded to be involved in helping to reach the world for Christ. Each of us has an important, God given role to play in helping to fulfill this command.
We must dedicate ourselves fully – time, talent and treasure – to the fulfillment of sharing God's plan for salvation, not out of a sense of legalistic duty, but out of love and gratitude for what Christ has done for us. If we want to obey Him, He says in Mark 8:34-38 to all who would be His disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them, “you must put aside your own pleasures and shoulder your cross, and follow me closely. If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live. And how does a man benefit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul in the process? For is anything worth more than his soul? Anyone who is ashamed of me and my message in these days of unbelief and sin, I, the Messiah, will be ashamed of him when I return in the glory of my Father, with the holy angels." No one you know will ever find God until he/she receives Christ. If you really believe that people without Christ are spiritually lost, it may have occurred to you that some of your family and friends, your neighbors and associates who do not know Christ are spiritually lost. Never have the spiritual fields been so ripe for harvest. Where you live IS your mission field. Not everyone is called to travel to the ends of the earth to proclaim God's word to a region in need. You are called to share your testimony and your gift of salvation with those in your home, your neighborhood, those in your workplace, those in your city, and anywhere you travel. The Holy Spirit will guide you in this process if you are open to hearing God's voice and let Him lead you. Your responsibility is to share Christ, but it is the Holy Spirits responsibility to call them to Himself. This does not mean that every person you share Christ with will respond to the call. Some, because of spiritual hardness of heart, will even refuse to hear God's word; but it does mean that we should seek to make a prayerful, intelligent, confident presentation of the gospel to every living person and leave the results to God. The unfortunate reality is the majority who hear God's plan of salvation will not be saved, but it does mean that they will at least have a chance to hear and believe. Now is the time for action. Now is the time we are meant to step out. We must dedicate ourselves daily – as a way of life – to communicate God's love and forgiveness to everyone we meet. From the time we awaken in the morning until we go to bed at night, our number one priority should be sharing the most joyful news ever announced.
We encourage you to join Stepping Out in prayer and commitment to help spread the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. Getting people involved in the fellowship and instruction offered through their local church, home Bible studies and small groups will help them grow in their faith and understanding of God's word. It is important they are taught how to study God's holy, inspired Word, how to pray, and how to walk in the love of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. They will learn about God's unconditional love and His total forgiveness and acceptance made possible for us in Christ because of His death on the cross for our sin. They will also learn about His resurrection power available to us, enabling us to live a joyful, victorious, fruitful life. Then they can learn how to share Christ with others and encourage others to share their faith in Him regularly as a way of life, just as you have. When you personally introduce another to Christ, that is spiritual addition, they have been added to the kingdom of God. But when you deliberately disciple a new believer and help them disciple and send others who will do the same, generation after generation, that is spiritual multiplication!
If you are going to be successful in sharing God's word with others, you will need to make prayer a high priority. Ask God to faithfully intercede for a spiritual awakening in the lives of those you know and come in contact with. Make lists of specific people with whom you wish to share Christ. Consider specific groups in your life and develop a strategy to reach each one. Begin with your family. Remember that in your home, more than in any other place, your life will be your testimony. Trust God to continually fill you with His Spirit so that your actions will bear witness to what Jesus has done in your life. Plan how you can reach the people with whom you work and let the Holy Spirit guide you. Seek out those whom you know are also believers in Christ, and ask them to join with you in sharing God's plan with your office. In your church you may be able to be a part of the new visitor visitation team or join a group that personally reaches out to your city. Invite your neighbors for coffee or tea or dessert. Tell your friends what Christ has done in your life and that He can do the same for them. Pray for those with whom you want to share the gospel. Then go to them. Tell them of God's love and forgiveness, available through Jesus Christ and give them opportunity to receive Him. Share your faith as a way of life – talk about Christ wherever you go. As people trust Him as Lord and Savior, begin to disciple them and involve them in the cycle of multiplication. Invite them to join you in an effort to saturate your entire community with the message of Christ. This is living the life Christ has called you to.