I want to know more about God… Where do I begin?
Have you ever wondered about, or felt confused about, the purpose of your life? What ways have you tried to discover your life’s purpose that haven’t worked? Why do you think people try to discover their life’s purpose without turning to God, their creator?
1. God’s purpose: Peace and life through Jesus Christ
“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
2. Our problem: Separation from God
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard”
Many people today think a Christian is someone who tries to live a good life, who accepts there is a God, or goes to church. In reality, none of these by themselves makes a person a Christian. God created us with a free will, however we have a problem; our sin separates us from God making us spiritually empty.
3. Our response: To receive Christ
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
God loves us so much, he sent his son Jesus to this planet over 2000 years ago. Jesus became a man, as human as you and me, yet lived faithfully – the way we were meant to, blameless before God. Jesus came to provide the single means of divine pardon; by his innocent death on the cross in our place, he was taking the punishment we deserve for ignoring God. His resurrection is God’s stamp of approval to this.[/box]
How to Receive Christ
1. Tell Him you need Him
Every person was created to know God’s presence in their life. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life, nobody comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6). You need to receive Christ in order to realise God’s purpose and power in your life.
2. Be willing to change
Repentance is when you turn from a life of sin and regret to a life of freedom and hope in God.
3. Believe that Jesus Christ is your Saviour
Jesus Christ died for you on the cross so you may live eternally, free from sin. His sacrifice also meant you can receive healing in your body. He rose from the grave so you can receive eternal life, free from the power of death.
4. Invite Jesus to come into your life
Through prayer, you can invite Jesus into your life and receive Him as your Saviour and Lord.
Dear Lord Jesus,
I come to You today and confess that I need You
Please come into my heart, Jesus
Be my Lord and Saviour
Thank You for giving me a brand new start
Wash me, cleanse me… and forgive me of all my sins
Today, I open my life to You and declare I AM SAVED. Amen.[/box]
You have started an exciting new life in Christ. To help you grow strong in your faith, we recommend the following…
1. Daily bible readings
The bible is God’s message to you. In it you will find out how to live a successful Christian life. Obey God’s word and your life will be satisfying and powerful.
A great translation of the bible to start your journey is the New Living Translation, (Tyndale House Foundation. Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved)
2. Daily prayer
When you pray, God is present and hears you. Set aside some time each day to talk with God in prayer. Prayer doesn’t need to be difficult – just speak to God like you would speak to a close friend.
If you have an issue that you would like our prayer community to pray for, please submit a prayer request and we will believe for breakthrough with you.
3. Sharing Christ with others
Share with your family and friends the great thing that Jesus has done for you. We would love to hear about your decision to follow Christ. You can email us – firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Service for Christ
Be ready to study and to develop your abilities for Christ’s service. We offer a course called “Christianity Explained”, which is designed to help you further understand what it means to be a Christian and live your life for God. If you would like to know more about Christianity Explained and when the next course begins, email us email@example.com
5. Friendship with Christians
Through developing friendships with other Christians you will be encouraged and grow in your Christian experience and knowledge.
We would encourage you to find a “life-giving” church in your area, by life-giving we mean a church that encourages a personal relationship with Jesus and will help you on your journey to discover your purpose and the freedom that this relationship can bring to you. We would love to see you at one of our services, (click here for more information)
6. Be water baptised
Declare your decision for Christ through being baptised in water. We hold regular baptism services – for more information email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38[/box]