you every thought about heaven? Have
you ever questioned, what is life
about, and how can I make a difference
in this world? I have.
suppose for me, to realize that there
is an almighty God that loves just
me and cares for me, made me see life
differently. I remember realizing
this and saying, God what do
I do now? Perhaps, you have
even come to the place in your life
where you asked the question. I
wonder how a person actually, becomes
a Christian?. Here is a great
illustration that helped me to understand,
and make a decision that changed my
life. Read it through and let us know
what you think.
1 - God's Love and His plan
created us in His own image to be
His friend and to experience a full
life assured of his love, abundant
said, "...I have come that they
may have life, and have it to the
full." (John 10:10b)
have peace with God through our Lord
Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)
2 - Our Problem: Separation from God
created us in His own imageto have
abundant (meaningful) life. He did
not make us robots to automatically
love and obey him, but he gave us
a will and a freedom of choice.
chose to disobey God and go our own
willful way. We still make this choice
today. This results in separation
from God. "For all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God."
iniquities have separated you from
your God; your sins have hidden his
face from you so that he will not
hear." (Isaiah 59:2)
our own, there's no way we can attain
the perfection needed to bridge the
gap to God. Through the ages, individuals
have tried many ways...without success.
works won't do it... or religion...
or money... or morality... or philosophy...
is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death."
3 - God's Remedy: The Cross
Christ is the only answer to this
problem. He died on the cross and
rose from the grave, paying the penalty
for our sin and bridging the gap between
God and people.
Christ died for sins once for all,
the righteous for the unrighteous,
to bring you to God..." (I Peter
there is one God and one mediator
between God and men, the man Jesus
Christ." (I Timothy 2:5)
God demonstrates His own love for
us in this: While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us." (Romans
4 - Our Response
means trust and commitment - acknowledging
our sinfulness, trusting Christ's
forgiveness and letting Him control
our life. Eternal, abundant life is
a gift for us to receive.
God so loved the world that He gave
His one and only son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but
have eternal life." (John 3:16)
tell you the truth, whoever hears
my word and believes Him who sent
me has eternal life and will not be
condemned; he has crossed over from
death to life." (John 5:24)
there any reason why you shouldn't
cross over to God's side and be certain
of eternal life?.
to receive Christ:
Admit your need (I am a sinner).
willing to turn from your sins (repent).
that Jesus Christ died for you on
the cross and rose from the grave.
prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come
in and control your life through
the Holy Spirit (Receive Him as
Lord and Savior of your life).
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner
and need Your forgiveness. I believe
that You died for my sins. I want
to turn from my sins. I now invite
you to come into my heart and life.
I want to trust and follow You as
the Lord and Savior of my life. In
Your name. Amen.
assurance of eternal life
you've prayed this prayer and are
trusting Christ, then the Bible says
that you can be sure you have eternal
everyone who calls on the name of
the Lord will be saved." (Romans
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)
who has the Son has life; he who does
not have the Son of God does not have
life. I write these things to you
who believe in the name of the Son
of God so that you may know that you
have eternal life." (1 John 5:12-13)
Christ, we are born into God's family
through the supernatural work of the
Holy Spirit who indwells every believer...this
is called regeneration or the "new
is just the beginning of a wonderful
new life in Christ.
deepen this relationship you should:
Maintain regular intake of the Bible
to know Christ better.
more information see the Word Hand
to God in prayer every day.
more information see the Prayer
others about your new faith in Christ.
help doing this, use the same illustration
that is presented above. The important
thing is that you let others know
about your new faith in Christ.
fellowship and serve with other
Christians in a church where Christ
Christ's representative in a needy
world, demonstrate your new life
by your love and concern for others.
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