“For 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 NIV®
Would you like to know how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
STEP 1 – GOD’S PURPOSE: PEACE & LIFE
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and abundant, eternal life.
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
– Romans 5:1
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
STEP 2 – THE PROBLEM: OUR SEPARATION
God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice. We 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.”
– Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 6:23
People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
– Proverbs 14:12
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
– Isaiah 59:2
STEP 3 – GOD’S BRIDGE: THE CROSS
Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
– 1 Timothy 2:5
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.”
– 1 Peter 3:18
“But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
– Romans 5:8
STEP 4 – OUR RESPONSE: RECEIVE CHRIST
We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
– Revelation 3:20
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
– John 1:12
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
– Romans 10:9
Will you receive Jesus Christ right now? Here is how you can receive Christ:
- Admit your need (I am a sinner).
- Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
- Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.) If you would like to pray right now and receive Jesus Christ, see Step 5 below.
STEP 5 – PRAYER
Pray to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior
Say this simple prayer from your heart..
Dear 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 Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer, God’s assurance in His word says..
“For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”
– Romans 10:13
Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? What has He given you?
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
– Ephesians 2:8-9
Receiving 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 birth.”
This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ.
To deepen this relationship you should:
- Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better.
- Talk to God in prayer every day.
- Tell others about Christ.
- Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
- As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.