What We Have Recieved: A Personal Relationship with Christ
Entering into a relationship with Jesus Christ is the single most important decision any person can make in this life. There is no specific set of words that has to be said, but there are a few things that must happen for a person to experience the gift of salvation.
- Recognize Your Sinfulness: No matter how "good" we may believe we are, we cannot live up to God's perfect standard. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." That sin bears a heavy consequence. God in his perfection cannot bear to look upon sin. Without help we have no hope of entering into his presence, but there is hope in Romans 6:23 which reads, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." We also find great hope in Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
- Believe in Jesus as Lord: The best news we can ever hear comes from John 3:16 where it says, "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." When we put our belief and trust in Jesus for the gift of salvation he payed for on the cross, He is ready to give us that gift. This belief is much more than a mental agreement that there once lived a man named Jesus of Nazareth. This belief is a heart-felt faith in his Lordship over your life that only comes about when a person comes under the drawing conviction of the Holy Spirit. Jesus speaking in John 6:44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day."
- Repent and Confess: Genuine belief in Jesus as Lord leads us to repentance, a 180 degree turn from our sin and toward a life set apart. It also leads to confession, prayer in which we acknowledge our sinfulness and need for a Savior, profess our belief in the work of Jesus to pay for that sin, and ask him to save us and become the Lord of our lives. Romans 10:9-10 says, "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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."
Once we confess Jesus as our Savior, we are adopted into the family of God. We become His children. He begins to change our lives through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. If you'd like to learn more about salvation or what comes next, please Contact Us!