How To Know Jesus Christ
Recognize that God loves you and has a plan for your life.
*His love includes you.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)
*He has a new life for you.
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV)
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Recognize that sin separates you from God and others.
“Sin” is walking our own way in rebellion against God’s Will. When we walk away from God, we walk away from life.
*Everyone has sinned.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
*Sin brings death.
“For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6: 23 (NKJV)
*Our own efforts cannot save us.
-As sinners we futilely try to find life’s true meaning in the wrong ways and places.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
Recognized that Jesus Christ died on the cross and He rose again for our sins.
*Jesus Christ died on the cross in our place.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
*He is the way to a new life.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
*He gives inner peace.
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 (NIV)
*He gives freedom.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 (NIV)
*He gives us eternal life.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
You MUST repent and ask God for forgiveness.
*Admit and confess your sins to God.
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
-To acknowledge your sins.
-To be sorry for your sins.
-To confess your sins.
-To be willing to forsake your sins.
-To have your life changed by Christ.
*Forgiveness is promised.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
Place your trust in Jesus Christ and receive Him as your Lord and Savior.
*Christ is ready!
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)
*Receive Him now.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12 (NKJV)
Pray this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I want to have life. I know that I have sinned. I need Your forgiveness and Your pardon. I believe that You died on the cross and rose again for my sins. I now accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I will forsake my sinful life. I know that Your grace and power will enable me to live for You. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and for giving me a new life. In Jesus name, Amen.
*For help in living a meaningful life in Christ:
-Be assured of Christ’s forgiveness.
-Read your Bible and pray daily.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)
-Find a concerned pastor and/or other Christians.
-Become a vital part of that church.
-Share your faith with others!
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