God Loves You
God created you and wants you to have a relationship with Him, both now and eternally in heaven. The Bible says:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten 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
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
“… the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“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
Most people think they already have a relationship with God and are going to heaven, but there is a problem…
The Problem is Sin
God loves you, but He is holy and just. Sin has separated you from God and prevents you from having a relationship with Him. Sin is to commit any thought or act that violates God’s commands. The Bible says:
“Your sins have made a separation between you and your God.” Isaiah 59:2
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23a
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36
God loves you so much, in His great mercy and grace, He provided the solution for your sin. The good news is that about 2,000 years ago...
The Solution for Sin
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came into our world to live a sinless life, die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin and rise from the dead to give us new life.
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“Salvation is found in no one else [except Jesus Christ], for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Salvation is a free gift to be received. While things like morality, religion, and charity can be good, they can never save you from your sin. You can never earn God’s salvation; He desires to give it to you freely.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;not as a result of works, that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Have You Responded to God’s Gift?
You can place your trust in Jesus Christ today.
“...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
How to place your trust in Jesus Christ:
• Admit that you have sinned against God and need His forgiveness once and for all.
• Believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, died for you as payment for your sin and rose from the dead to restore you and give you eternal life.
• Now you may receive God’s forgiveness by personally trusting in Jesus alone as your only means of being cleansed from sin
You may trust Him now with a prayer like this:
“God, I know that I have sinned against You and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, and He died as a payment for my sins. I now place my trust in Him alone to forgive me and cleanse me from all my sin. From now on, help me to follow You daily, turn from my sin and live in step with Your Holy Spirit according to the Bible. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
Did you respond to God’s free gift of forgiveness and new life? Know that whatever happens now, good or bad, it cannot separate you from the love of God. Your salvation and hope is in Christ, and Christ alone.
If things begin to go differently than you thought, you might be tempted to place your confidence in doing religious things, but remember that your salvation and your confidence is in trusting in Jesus. The abundant life is not that your life will always go smoothly, but that the life you now live you live with Jesus Christ.
Take a Next Step
Did you respond to God’s gift of forgiveness and new life? Do you want to learn more first? Take the next step to grow in your faith by connecting with a local, Bible-teaching church and learning how to follow Jesus in your everyday life.
Here are a few highlights of next steps and available resources at Calvary:
Do you have more questions?
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