Everything we do as a church, and the reason we exist in the first place, is because of God’s gift of forgiveness through his son Jesus. More than anything else, we want you to know that God loves you and has a plan for your life!
Many spend their lives trying to earn God’s approval by following rules, attending religious services, or being a good person; the truth is that the only way to a fulfilling life and an eternal future in heaven is through accepting Jesus Christ as their Personal Savior.
1) God loves you.
Because of God’s love for all persons, He desires that you have unbroken fellowship with Him.
(John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5)
2) You are a sinner.
All persons have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Sin is choosing to go your own way and do your own thing as opposed to being obedient to God.
(Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23)
3) Sin separates you from God.
Sin forms a barrier that prevents you from entering into unbroken fellowship with God, who is holy. As an unholy sinner, you can’t have fellowship with God. You are headed for a Christless eternity that the Bible calls Hell.
(Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)
4) You can’t save yourself.
People often think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier between themselves and God. That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation.
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4-5)
5) God sent His son Jesus to remove the sin barrier.
What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! Your sin is a barrier between you and God. But the Good News is that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for you to pay the debt for our sin. He then rose from the dead three days later, proving victory over death, Hell, and the Grave. By taking your punishment on Himself, Jesus made a way for relationship with God.
(1 Peter 2:23; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9)
6) You can receive Jesus Christ through faith.
Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ to put you in right relationship with God, allowing Him to live His life through you. Faith also involves repentance or genuine sorrow for sin and willingness to turn away from sin.
(John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10)
7) Through prayer you can ask Jesus to come into your hear, forgive your sins, and make you one of His Children.
God says That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
If you would like to accept God’s free gift of salvation, then all you have to do is pray and ask Him. Your prayer might sound something like this:
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I know that I deserve Hell because of it. However, I believe that you died on the cross and rose again in three days to pay for my sin. I ask you to come into my heart, cleanse my sin, and make me one of your children.
Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
Please remember that simply saying a prayer doesn’t save you.
You must believe this in your heart as well.
If you have any questions about salvation, or if you just prayed to receive Christ, please call our church at 440-777-7539 or e-mail Pastor Jenkins. God bless you!