Good News

Have you ever wondered how someone becomes a Christian and goes to Heaven?

To answer this question, let’s examine some principles from the Bible. What does the Bible say about why Jesus came to this earth?

Does it say that He came primarily to tell some good stories and parables?

Does it say that He came primarily to miraculously heal people?

Does it say He came primarily to give us some directions for living?

The answer to these three questions is “No!” While Jesus did many of these things while he walked on this earth, the primary reason Jesus came to earth is something different.

Jesus said he came to “seek & to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), to reap a harvest for God’s kingdom (Matthew 9:35-38), and to give his life away as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:26-28). Jesus came to bring us into a right relationship with God. He desires to start a relationship with you.

So you are interested in knowing how to start a relationship with Jesus, but you are wondering where do I start? The best place to start is with prayer!

Before you read any further, pray the following prayer to God:

Dear God, I am interested in knowing You and in starting a relationship with You. I want to have a life that pleases You and that brings me the joy that I see in other Christians. Please help me to understand the Bible verses that I am about to read so that I will understand what You have done for me and how I can start a relationship with You.

Now we want to look in God’s Word – The Bible – to see what He says about Himself, about humanity, and about how you can start a relation with Him. Each point has a brief description about what the Bible says and the follows with the actual verses from the Bible.

1. God has a Plan for your life.

He created us and wants us to have a life of abundance and contentment through Him.

Genesis 1:27 – And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

John 10:10 – [Jesus state that:] “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”

2. Humanity has a Problem.

Our disobedience separates is from the life God wants for us. As a just and righteous Judge, God must punish all who disobey His commands (just as a righteous judge on earth must punish those who disobey the law).

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

3. God provided The Solution – Jesus Christ.

Since all people have disobeyed His commands, the just Judge could not allow any one of us who has sinned to pay for the penalties of someone else., However, Jesus (God in human form) lived a perfect life and, as a sinless person, was the only one not under the same punishment as the rest of humanity. Therefore He was able to be the substitute for us and pay our penalty.

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.

4. The Choice is Yours.

While Jesus has paid the price of your penalty and has become the substitute by taking your punishment and dying on the cross, not all people are willing to accept His gift. Each person must choose to accept Jesus’ gift of love through believing in Him and choosing Him as the Lord (controller) of their life.

John 3:16 – [Jesus said:] “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 5:24 – [Jesus said:] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

So, to recap what we have just read:

God loves you and wants a good relationship with you. But all of us have disobeyed some of His commands. The punishment for disobedience to God is not being able to have a right relationship with Him, which leads to a spiritual death and hell. You deserve the punishment, but God was willing to allow a substitute. Since Jesus never disobeyed God, He was not under the same penalty and He was able to ask to receive your punishment. God the Father allowed Jesus to die on a cross and be punished for your disobedience. Jesus then came back to life three days later by the power of God. By taking your punishment, Jesus offers you the chance to escape your deserved punishment and offers you the opportunity to have a right relationship with God. But it is up to you to decide if you will accept Jesus’ gift. Turn to the back page if you are ready to move toward starting a relationship with Jesus.

Making the Decision:

Can you answer “Yes” to each of these 5 questions?

1. Are you a sinner?

2. Do you want a forgiveness of your sins?

3. Do you believe Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again?

4. Are you willing to surrender your life to Jesus’ control?

5. Are you ready to invite Jesus to begin a relationship with you? If the answer to each of these questions is “Yes” then pray this prayer in your own words:

God, I know I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I am sorry for my past sins, and I ask You to forgive me. I believe Jesus died on the cross for me to have a right relationship with You. Jesus, I choose to follow You as my Lord. Please make me the person You want me to be. Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, then you have started a new relationship with God through Jesus Christ – WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!

You are now a part of God’s family, but you need to take the next step to truly grow as God desires you to do. Find a local church where you feel loved and join that church. Get involved with your church and find a way to serve others and allow God to use the people in the church to help you grow more like Christ.

If you need any additional help or information please contact First Baptist Church at (228) 467-4005