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If you're like many people today, you've heard the name of Jesus. You may think of Him as a religious leader or perhaps as a really good man who lived 2,000 years ago. But have you ever wondered if He could possibly make a difference in your life today?
Did you know that God loves you and wants to have an ongoing relationship with you - one in which you both talk to and listen to Him? One in which you allow Him to be a part of your life decisions? He wants you to experience an abundant life [John 10:10], which He knows can be found only in Him. He wants you to be set free - free from your past, from guilt and shame, from bondage to sin, from addiction, from selfishness.
God has a plan to accomplish all of that. That plan is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the spotless, sinless Son of God. He came to earth to "rescue" us from sin. You already know that wrong-doing has a penalty. Well, the penalty for our sin is death - eternal separation from God. But since God loves us so much, He Himself took ownership of that penalty. He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus was crucified by people who didn't understand who He was or why He had come. Jesus willingly died on the cross in our place, fulfilling God's plan to redeem mankind - even the very people who nailed Him to the cross! Though He was perfect and sinless, He took our sins upon Himself so that we might have a restored relationship with our Creator [1 Peter 2:24].
But the story doesn't end with Jesus' sacrificial death. The Bible says that just three days after He was crucified on a hill outside Jerusalem, God raised Him back to life! Jesus is no longer in the grave - God raised Him from the dead just as He will raise us at the close of history. There is a day coming when time shall come to an end and all people will stand before God in judgment [Revelation 20:11-12].
You can either accept Jesus' sacrifice of death on your behalf, or reject it. If you reject it, you will stand alone before God on the day of judgment and give an account of your life. You will fall short of God's standards [Romans 3:23] and will have to pay the penalty yourself [Romans 6:23] by spending eternity in hell [Revelation 20:15], forever separated from God. But if you accept Jesus as your personal savior, God will accept His sacrificial death on your behalf. It's not a choice you can make on that final day - it's a choice you must make today - either to accept Jesus or reject Him.
God loves you and wants you to spend eternity in heaven with Him. Make the decision today to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and savior. Here's how simple it is.
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am sinful and in need of Your forgiveness. I repent of my sinful lifestyle and I want to turn from it and follow You. I believe that You died to pay the penalty for my sins and that You rose from the grave. I invite You to come into my heart and become my Lord and Savior. I ask this in Your name. Amen."
If you sincerely meant what you just prayed, you have received the forgiveness of God and been accepted into His family [Ephesians 1:15]! You are a new believer in Christ Jesus. We are so thrilled that you have made this decision, and we want to be part of helping you get to know God better. There are many simple yet extremely important things you need to know now that you are a believer, and we want to email you some free information that will help you. Please take a moment to let us know of your decision so that we can send you this information right away. We will protect your privacy and will not share your email address or other personal information with others, and you will not be placed on a mailing list. Here is my personal email firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently watched a show about 2 men who were stranded for 4 days on a desert island. They had no water and were struggling to survive in the blistering desert sun. Upon their rescue each received as much water as they could drink. One of the men stated that he could almost feel the water immediately reviving the cells in his body. Needless to say it was the best water they had ever tasted!
Are you thirsty today? Not physically....but spiritually.
We all thirst. We all crave. We all long for something. Many people try to quench that thirst with things that only make them more thirsty...like salt water to someone stranded on a desert island. Thousands have tried to fill that thirst with pleasure, money, drugs, popularity, fame, accomplishments, acceptance.....the list goes on and on. It has been said there is a God-shaped void in each of us that only God can fill. The Psalmist wrote. "Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him!" (Psalm 34:8)
I don't know where you are in your personal journey as you ponder questions about God's existence and His plan for your life, but I can attest to His faithfullness and to the joys mentioned in the verse above. If you "stumbled" on to this page, consider it a divine appointment. Could it be that God ordered the details of your day to bring you to this very moment? I'm sure this page won't answer all of your questions but here are a few things to consider.
Consider the complexity and beauty of this universe and know there is a God.
Consider the historical accuracy and hundreds of fulfilled prophecies in the Bible that attest to it's divine author.
Consider the declaration in scripture that God loves you and wants a relationship with you.
Consider the truth of sin. Not one of us lives fully to our own standard, let alone God's.
Consider the cross. God's holiness demands that He not 'overlook' sin. God's holiness and sin are like oil and water. They can not mix. It's a spiritual reality just as gravity is a physical reality. God's holiness and God's perfect love meet at the cross.
Rather than let us slip into eternity without Him, He became one of us, lived a supernaturally sinless life, then died to pay for our sins and accomplish what we could not.
Eternity with out God is painful, lonely, eternal.
The Bible calls it Hell. That term has been caricaturized in our culture, but it is a reality. Just like when we see a "WARNING: HIGH VOLTAGE" sign and a high fence to keep us out, the Bible's description of the result of our sin is our "WARNING: ETERNITY APART FROM GOD IS PAINIFUL AND I DIED SO YOU WON'T NEED BE APART FROM ME" sign. It's not a declaration of hate, but of love! It's simply a spiritual reality that God's holiness can't mix with sin. We don't see the HIGH VOLTAGE sign as a 'scare tactic', but somehow we brush off God's warning as one.
Another thing to consider is that you can't 'be good enough' for God. We won't be sinless. It's not about living a certain way so God accepts you. It's about accepting Jesus so He can forgive us for all our sins and teach us how to truly live! (Life to the fullest anyone?)
Here are some verses from the book of Romans that explain more about what you've been reading. Read these verses and ask for God to show you the truth. (Verses are from the NIV) WE MESSED UP Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, OUR SINS EARN WAGES Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life... GOD SHOWED ULTIMATE LOVE AND FIXED THE PROBLEM Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. CONFESS/BELIEVE Romans 10:9: That 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. GOD NOW SEES YOU AS 'SINLESS' Romans 5:1: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
You can pray right now and ask Christ to be your savior and begin the exciting life He has planned for you! One last challenge...If you are still seeking and not sure what to believe, why not pray this prayer, "God, if you exist and if you are the God of the Bible, please help me to see and believe what is true." You have nothing to lose in praying that prayer. If you really want to know Truth, why not pray right now? May God quench your thirst!
Our Beliefs: • In essential beliefs — we have unity. “There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all...” Eph. 4:4-6 •
In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty. “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1,4,12,22
• In all our beliefs — we show charity. ...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Cor. 13:2
The Essentials We Believe: About God God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
About the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian (or Christ follower) from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christ follower with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christ followers, we seek to live under His control daily. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25;
About the Bible The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5
About Human Beings People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23 About Salvation Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.
Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness called “Grace”, can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. At that moment, we enter into a direct, personal relationship with God Himself, and eternal life begins. Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26 About Eternal Security Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. John 10:28-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
About Eternity People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally united with Him in Heaven is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13: John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 22:44-46
About Baptism and Communion Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is not a prerequisite for salvation, rather an act of obedience and a public testimony to a salvation which has already occurred.
Communion is a symbolic act of obedience wherby believers, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. Matthew 3:13-17: 26:26-30: 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11: 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22: 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; Acts 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12 Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
May you continue to receive God’s richest Blessings.
"If we meet and you forget me, You have lost nothing. But if you meet Jesus Christ and forget him, You have lost everything."