New Life

Do you know Jesus Christ?  Many have heard of Jesus and know a little about Him.  Many sing songs about His birth at Christmas and know that Easter commemorates His resurrection.  Some think of Him as a teacher or perhaps the founder of a major world religion.  But, do you know Him personally?  Do you know that Jesus died and rose again, not to start a spiritual movement, but because He loves you and wanted to provide a way for you to know Him? 

The Bible tells the story of God’s love for people.  In the beginning, God created us to reflect His image and to have a relationship with Him (Genesis 1:27).  We were created good but sin entered the world and we essentially chose to try life on our own without God, instead of living our lives for God as we were designed.

God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins and bring us into a relationship with Him.  Jesus’ resurrection is proof that we are now accepted and made right by Jesus.  We can know the promise of eternal life and experience the joy of knowing God here on earth!

If you would like to have a relationship with God, the Bible tells us that we begin by acknowledging that we have sinned and that there is nothing we can do to earn our way into God’s love (Romans 3:23-26).  We believe and confess that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) and allow Him to guide our lives.  Where we once wanted to control our own futures, we now allow Jesus into our hearts to be our Lord.

Knowing God’s peace, perspective, and purpose for your life begins with a personal relationship with Christ.  

Courtesy of Proverbs 31 Ministries

The Romans Road

The “Romans Road” lays out the plan of salvation through a series of bible verses from the book of Romans.

1.  Everyone needs salvation because we have all sinned.

As the Scriptures saw, “No one is righteous – not even one.  No one is truly wise; no one seeking God.  All have turned away; all have become useless.  No one does good, not a single one.” … For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Romans 3:10-12;23

2.  The consequence of sin is death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

3.  Jesus Christ died for our sins.  He paid the price for our death.

But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  Romans 5:8

4.  We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

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 i 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 … For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Romans 10:9-10;13

5.  Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God.

Therefore, since we have been right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.  Romans 5:1

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

If you would like to accept Jesus as Lord of your life, you can pray the following prayer:

Lord, I confess that I have sinned against you and ask you to forgive me.  I am sorry that my sin has hurt You and other people in my life.  I acknowledge that I could never earn salvation by my good works, but I come to you and trust in what Jesus did for me on the cross.  I believe that You love me and that Jesus died and rose again so that I can be forgiven and come to know You.  I ask you to come into my heart and that You would be Lord of my life.  I trust You with my life and I thank You for loving me so much that I can know you here on earth, and spend the rest of eternity with You in heaven.  In Jesus name, Amen. 

Courtesy of Proverbs 31 Ministries

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