God’s Purpose: Peace and Eternal Life
God created you (Genesis 1-2) for fellowship with Him now and for all eternity. He loves you and wants you to live in peace with Him and receive eternal life. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
The Problem: Sin
God didn’t make us like clones but instead He gave us a free will and the ability to choose. Unfortunately we each choose to disobey God and go our own way. That side of ourselves is called sin. Sin is what separates us from God for the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It also says, "For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Because God is holy there can be no sin in His presence. That is the problem that exists between each of us and God.
God’s Remedy: The Cross
Jesus Christ is the only answer to this dilemma of separation from God. He died on the cross and then rose form the grave to pay the penalty of our sin, completely paying that penalty, bridging the gap between us and God. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God has provided the only way and we must make the choice. Jesus declares “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6).
Our Response: Receive Christ
We need to receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. We can do this when we believe in His message and trust in Him alone to save us. The Bible says, “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1), and “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
How to Receive Christ:
1. Admit your need – (I am a sinner)
2. Repent (be willing to turn from your sins)
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
Pray a prayer similar to this: “Dear Jesus, forgive me all my sins and save my soul. I know that I’m sinful and need Your forgiveness. I ask You to come into my heart and be Lord of my life. Take control of my life and help me to live for You. Thank You for saving me and hearing my prayer. In Your name Jesus I pray…Amen.”
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The Bible says, “Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
“He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:12-13).