1.God’s Purpose: Peace and Life
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life—abundant and eternal.
Romans 5:1: We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:16: 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. John 10:10: I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Why don't most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?
2.The Problem: Our Separation
God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice. We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.
People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.
Proverbs 14:12: There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
No bridge reaches God, except one.
3.God’s Bridge: The Cross
Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.
1 Timothy 2:5: For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 3:18: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.
4.Our Response: Receive Christ
We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation. Revelation 3:20: Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me. John 1:12: Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. Romans 10:9: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Where are you? Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?
Here is how you can receive Christ:
1. Admit your need (I am a sinner).
2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit (receive Him as Lord and Savior).
How to Pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Romans 10:13: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 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.
Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Did you sincerely pray the above prayer?
Receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. This is called regeneration, or the “new birth.” This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should do the following:
1. Read your Bible every day to know Christ better.
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
3. Tell others about Christ.
4. Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
5. As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.