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 a relationship with Jesus Christ.
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 )
John 3:16 (NLT)
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)
"But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!)"
2) You are a sinner.
All persons are "sinners" in that they disobey 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 3:10 )
Isaiah 53:6 (NLT)
"All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all."
Romans 3:10 (NLT)
"As the Scriptures say, 'No one is righteous - not even one.'"
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 )
Isaiah 59:2 (NLT)
"It's your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore."
Romans 3:23 (NLT)
"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard."
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 )
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
"God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."
Titus 3:5 (NLT)
"he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit."
Romans 4:4-5 (NLT)
"When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners."
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 for you and then rose from the dead to demonstrate that His payment was acceptable to God. 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 )
1 Peter 2:23 (NLT)
"He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly."
Romans 5:8 (NLT)
"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. "
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
"For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ."
Romans 10:9 (NLT)
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
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 )
John 14:6 (NLT)
"Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me'"
Acts 16:31 (NLT)
"They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.'"
Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved."
7) Through prayer you can trust in Jesus Christ.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Express sorrow or repentance for your sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Invite Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. Commit yourself to live for Him.
If you just prayed to receive Christ , please give us a call (706-638-6832) or email us and let us know! We would love to help you grow, because accepting Christ is just the beginning of an awesome life-long journey.