Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?
A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the key to life, both now and for eternity. When God created man, man was designed to have perfect fellowship and harmony with God. The perfection that man enjoyed also gave him the ability to have complete fellowship and harmony with other human beings. And being perfectly created, man was given a will by which he could freely choose to obey God and stay within God’s fellowship, or he could choose to disobey God and follow the consequences of an independent course.
THE PROBLEM: God’s command to the first man, Adam, for his own protection, was to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord warned him that if he disobeyed and ate it, he would surely die. Death involves separation. Spiritually, it means man’s spirit is separated from fellowship with God; physically it means man’s soul is separated from his body. Adam chose to disobey God, and that act caused him to die and lose his perfect fellowship with God. It also caused him to have a sin nature. By default each individual since that time has inherited the sin nature. It manifests itself in wrong motives, wrong attitudes and wrong actions. God’s perfect justice demands that every person’s sin must be judged, and that judgment is “to be separated from God for eternity in hell.”
THE SOLUTION: The good news is that because God loves every person in the entire world, the son of God (Jesus Christ) willingly came to earth as a sinless man, perfectly obeyed the Father, and chose to die in man’s place to satisfy God’s righteous judgment on sin. Jesus then miraculously rose from the dead as proof that God’s justice had been satisfied. Every person who unreservedly believes in Jesus is cleansed from the penalty of sin.
THE WAY: An individual is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no good work that any person can do, nor any good intention that a person may have, that will secure his salvation. Scriptural faith is always active and never stagnant. Faith begins when a person believes God, and it is then demonstrated by willing obedience to the Word of God. This involves the person turning from his sin, agreeing from the heart that Jesus died and rose from the dead, being baptized (immersed in water), and desiring to follow Christ’s teachings. That spiritual birth then gives the true believer a new nature empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life that witnesses of the grace and mercy of God.
THE CHOICE: Choosing to become a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ will change your life for good. God will forgive your sins, and you will have hope for now and eternity. Will you make your choice today?
FOR FURTHER STUDY: For more study, you will want to read the following references in the Bible: Genesis 1-3; Romans 5:12; James 2:10; Romans 6:23; John 3:16-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 28; Ephesians 2:8-10; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-10; and Titus 2:11-14.
If you would like to talk more about what the Bible says about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please call Pastor Watkins at 763-755-9437.