Saying YES to Jesus is the most eternal decision you’ll ever make, not to mention the most exciting and life-changing time of your life. We hope the information below is helpful to you. Please call the church office at any time if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our pastors 805-983-1890.
God created us to be in relationship with Him. Adam and Eve were the first people to enjoy a close, personal relationship with God. A break came in this relationship when Adam and Eve chose to do life their way instead of God’s way.
Sin the act of rebellion and independence, of wanting control of their lives, was a disobedient refusal to trust God’s good intentions for them. The result of that break in relationship haunts mankind to this day; sin separates unholy people from God who is holy. The break broke God’s heart. It changed how people could relate to Him. Simply put: sin and holiness cannot live together in the same place.
God wants us to know Him and has a great plan for our lives. Below you will see some simple steps to know Him in a personal way:
God's Purpose: Peace and Life
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life—abundant here on and for eternity.
The Bible says . . .
"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10
Why don't most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?
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.
Our Attempts to Reach God
People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.
The Bible says...
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." Proverbs 14:12
"But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear." Isaiah 59:2
No bridge reaches God...except one.
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.
The Bible says...
"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God." 1 Peter 3:18
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.
Our Response: Receive Christ
We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him in repentance and by faith.
The Bible says...
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. " Revelation 3:20
"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12
"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
Have you believed? Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?
Here is how you can receive Christ:
- Admit you are a sinner.
- Believe Jesus died to pay for your sin.
- Confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Through prayer, receive Jesus Christ into your life as Lord and Savior.
How to pray:
"Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now confess you by faith as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus' name, Amen."
God's Assurance: His Word
If you prayed this prayer, the Bible says...
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13
Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? What has He given you?
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
When you receive Christ, you 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:
- Read your Bible every day to know Christ better.
- Talk to God in prayer every day.
- Tell others about Christ.
- Worship, walk with, and work for Christ with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
- As Christ's representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.
We would love to help you in your walk with Jesus Christ.
Contact us at 805-983-1890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org