God loves us, and wants to have a personal relationship with us.
Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing “Why?” They exist year after year with no idea of why they live or God’s purpose for their lives. The most basic question a person can ask is, “What is the meaning of my life?”
Designed for Good
We believe that God created a good and wonderful world. In the beginning, everything was right with everything else. Creation was designed to take care of us, and we were designed to take care of creation. And people were designed to take care of each other. They were made to be in true community, with the freedom to love and be loved, to serve and be served, to be themselves without shame in front of each other. Adam and Eve existed in perfect harmony with each other and with God. Everything was good because a good God created a good world! But as we look around the world today, we can’t help but ask ourselves, “What happened to this good world?” The answer is that it has been damaged by evil.
Restored for Better
But God loves the world too much to leave it this way! God came to earth in the person of Jesus two thousand years ago. And Jesus said: I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) He doesn’t say “one way,” or “a way,” or “best way.” But rather, Jesus says “I am THE way!”
God, Himself, came to earth as a human being to bring us back to Himself. If any other way would have worked, Jesus Christ would not have had to come. The Way is a Person. Jesus has already taken care of your sin problem!
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord… (Romans 6:23)
God did this because He loves us and wants us to know Him.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself to redeem the whole human race… (1 Timothy 2:5-6 TEV)
God has already done His part to restore our relationship to Him. He took the initiative. Now He waits for each of us to individually accept what He has done for us.
Here’s how you can begin today
ADMIT that God has not been first place in your life and ask Him to forgive your sins.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
BELIEVE that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that He rose again on Easter, and is alive today.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name (Jesus) given under heaven by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
REPENT of your sins and turn fully to God. Reject your God-substitutes.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3:19)
ACCEPT God’s free gift of salvation. Don’t try to earn it.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
INVITE Jesus Christ to come into your life by his Holy Spirit and be the Master (Lord) of your entire life. To surrender to Jesus means you relinquish control of your life over to him. Inviting him into your heart means you welcome his presence into your life. When you do, he will come into you, through the Holy Spirit, and fill the emptiness inside. This is what Jesus called being “born again.” Becoming a Christian is a lot like birth. It is the start of a whole new life – Jesus will make you new from the inside out.
“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
JOIN together with God’s people and accept Jesus’ invitation to partner with him to transform the world.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
The Bible tells us in Romans 10:13 that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” This is a guarantee! This is a promise! God is waiting today, with his arms wide open. And so today, if you want to enter into a relationship Jesus and enter into this God story, I want to pray with you right now because there is no better time than now to begin your journey. This will be the turning point in your life.
You can take these steps by praying a simple prayer of commitment to God:
Dear Jesus, thank you for making me and loving me even when I have ignored you and gone my own way. I realize I need you in my life and I am sorry for my sins. I choose to turn away from all of my substitutes for you. I repent of all the ways I choose to fill the hole inside myself with what is not you. I ask you to forgive me. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. Please help me to understand it more. I accept your free gift of salvation. I want to follow you from now on. Please come into my life and make me a new person inside. Please help me to grow now as a Christian. I accept your invitation to partner with you to transform the world.
If you just prayed that prayer we’d love to connect with you as you start on this journey of trusting Jesus.
In addition, here are a few things you can do to get started with your new faith.