You’re not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. Sin.
The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. The Bible affirms our own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us can do the right thing all the time.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
It’s God’s grace that allows us to come to Him – not our efforts to “clean up your life” or work our way to Heaven. We can’t earn it. It’s a gift.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
For us to come to God, the penalty for our sin must be paid. God’s gift to us is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for us when He died on the Cross.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Jesus paid the price for our sin by giving His life on a cross. He provided the way for us to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is “repentance” – to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God’s.
All that’s left for you to do is to accept the gift.
“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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
Let’s review what this commitment involves:
- I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent or turn away from sin
- I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead – this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins
- I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God – this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus
- I receive Jesus as my Savior forever – this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised
Here’s a Suggested Prayer:
“Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I don't deserve saving. But, I believe You died and came back to life to make me a new creation and to prepare me for eternity with you. Jesus, take control of my life, forgive my sins, and save me. I place my trust in You alone for salvation and I accept the gift of eternal life.”
If you've made a decision to pray this prayer, please let us know! We want to celebrate what God has done in your life and help you grow spiritually.
1. Attend Sunday mornings regularly. By hearing a message from God's Word and spending time in worship of God, you can begin to explore the claims of Jesus.
Here are three next steps for you to take:
2. Join a Community Group. Life is meant to be shared and having authentic relationships is vital to spiritual growth. Click here for information about groups and how to join one.
3. Get a Bible and start reading. We suggest a New Living Translation (NLT) or a New International Version Bible (NIV), and start in the New Testament in the book of Matthew or Mark. If you don't own a Bible, please stop at our Blue Information Pop-Up Tent next Sunday and pick one up. It's our gift to you!
Here are some other books that will help you on your journey:
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
Knowing God by J. I. Packer
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
Out of the Salt Shaker by Rececca Manley Pippert
How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart