“How can I find meaning and purpose in life?”
How does this relate to God, me, and eternity?
HOW WE GOT HERE
People on this planet didn't get here by some cosmic accident. At creation, God said, “Let us make mankind in our image,” (Genesis 1:26). God created men and women and place us here on the earth.
WHY GOD PUT US HERE
God loved what He created and created us to truly know Him and to have fellowship with Him and with one another. In the beginning, we lived in harmony and happiness with God and all creation (Genesis 1:31).
HOW WE RESPONDED
In early history, the first humans turned away from God and went their own way ––and fellowship with God was broken. Now, all people are born with a sinful nature, and without exception, all of us have sinned (Romans 3:23). The consequence of this is that we are separated from God and deserve punishment for our sins.
HOW GOD RESCUED US
Out of His deep love for us, God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to rescue us from sin by dying on the cross (John 3:16). By sacrificing His life on behalf of sinners, He took the punishment we deserve in order to provide salvation. "The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). Jesus reconciled us back to the Father. Then God raised Jesus from the dead, establishing His power over death.
HOW WE RESPOND
Jesus has sufficiently paid the debt for all of our wrongdoing, and we are called to turn away from our sin, rebellion, and isolation and to trust what Jesus has done on our behalf.
God makes very clear the conditions by which the salvation Jesus offers can be ours. In Mark 1:15, Jesus said, “Repent and believe the good news!”
- First, God says we must repent. The word “repent” means a change of direction. This means when we turn to God, we are turning away from sin and giving up on the attempt to make ourselves right before God.
- Second, God says we must believe. The word “believe” as it is used in the Bible means trust. The object of our trust is the One who paid the price for our wrongdoing. We must trust Jesus to remove our guilt and the penalty of all the wrongs we have done. The Bible says when we put our faith in Jesus, God takes our sins away and gives us the gift of eternal life.
YOU MIGHT ASK:
Does God Love Me?
Yes, He does. God’s word in the Bible 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”. John 3:16.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3.
2. Why did His Son have to Die For my Sins?
Jesus died in our place so we could live with Him in eternity. His Blood paid the price for our sins.
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8
But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives!
“Christ died for our sins. … He was buried… He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.
Jesus is the only way to God.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me”. John 14:6.
3. Can I Receive God’s Forgiveness? How can I earn that “salvation” Christians talk about?
We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner and that Christ died for your sins, repent and ask for His forgiveness, and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. He knows and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart and your honesty. Jesus desires to have a relationship with you.
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
The Bible says that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord” will be rescued (Romans 10:13). If you've not trusted in Christ as Lord and Savior, TODAY IS YOUR DAY, TO REPENT FROM YOUR SINS, and BELIEVE IN JESUS who alone can save you and give you a new and eternal life.
If you are willing, to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, we invite you to pray this prayer:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died
for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart
and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. I desire to have a relationship
with you. I ask you to fill me with your love and with the Holy Spirit. Thank You for your sacrifice.
In Your Name JESUS. Amen!"
If you prayed this prayer, you are now part of the family of God, and Jesus has come to reside in you through the Holy Spirit. It is not about religion, but rather a relationship with Him. Start reading the Bible, which is the word of God; pray daily, is communication with Him; listen to worship music, it brings you into His presence; seek other Christians to fellowship with and a place to grow as a child of God.
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