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Principle #1: GOD loves you & offers an incredible plan for your life.
All throughout the Bible there is passage after passage that talks about how much GOD loves us. The greatest example of this was when HE sent HIS only SON JESUS into the world to die for our sins. But even today, HE watches over you & pursues your heart to have a spiritual relationship with you. John 3:16
Principle #2: Man is sinful & separated from God..
There are so many good people. It can seem so natural to assume that each of these “good” people or religions have a key to Heaven because they have done so many wonderful things.
But the truth is that all of us have sinned,.
“For all have sinned & fallen short of the glory of GOD..” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death..” Romans 6:23
Through sin, we are separated from GOD & therefore cannot get to HIM on our own. Where GOD is, there can be no sin. But just when it appeared that all was lost, Principle #3 kicks in.
Principle #3: Jesus Christ is GOD's only provision for man’s sin.
It was GOD who chose to provide a “sacrifice” for our sins, HIS own son JESUS. “But GOD demonstrates HIS own love toward us, even in that while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us.” Romans 5:8
Now this is the amazing truth. It was HIS death that paid for your sins & mine, All the ones we have committed, as well as any we will commit in the future. There had to be a blood sacrifice & JESUS willfully gave HIS life for you & for me.
But the most incredible fact to realize is that 3 days after HE died, HE rose from the dead ! This is historical truth. And because HE rose from the dead, JESUS now sits at the right hand of GOD making intercession* for us.
* Carrying messages for us & speaking to God on our behalf.
CHRIST died for our sins. HE was buried. HE was raised on the 3rd day, according to the scriptures. JESUS appeared to Peter, then to the 12 Disciples. After that HE appeared to more than 500 others.'
I Corinthians 15:3-6
Principle #4: JESUS is the only way to GOD.
This is the hardest for many people to believe. There are no other “paths” to GOD or “ways” of Salvation.
“JESUS said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, & the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
This is why it is so important that you understand that to actually be a good person, to believe in GOD, & simply do your best to serve HIM is NOT what it means to be a Christian.
It is impossible to be a GOD follower without accepting GOD's SON, JESUS.. CHRIST is the only way to Salvation for mankind.. It was JESUS who died on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sins. It is JESUS that we must accept & come in to relationship with if we are to be called by HIS name. To be called 'Christians,' which means “Followers of Christ” is a great responsibility.
Principle #5: You must receive JESUS CHRIST as Savior & Lord.
“But to as many who received HIM, to them HE gave the right to become Children of GOD, even to those who believe in HIS name.” John 1:12
'For by grace you have been saved through faith; & not of yourselves,
We must individually receive JESUS CHRIST as our personal Savior & Lord.
Written below is a very simple prayer of Salvation. It may be very similar to a prayer you have already said, but for some of you this is your actual time of decision. If you have already prayed this prayer & know that you are a Christian, then just say a special prayer for folks that may be praying this prayer for the very first time.
But if this is your moment of Salvation, then simply kneel right where you are & pray this prayer to the Lord. HE is listening & waiting in great anticipation. Sincerely pray these words if they truly represent the desires of your heart & your decision to follow CHRIST:
I need You in my life. I acknowledge that I have sinned & I come to You right now confessing & asking for your forgiveness. Thank You for dying on the Cross to cleanse me of my sins.
I believe You are the true SON of GOD & that You rose from the dead & are alive today. I gladly open the door of my heart & receive You as my Savior & Lord.
Thank You in forgiving all of my sins & giving me eternal life. Please guide my life from this moment forward & help me to be the kind of person you want me to be.
In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.
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