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IF YOU ARE VISITING THIS BOARD AND ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN

You can know God personally, as presumptuous as that may sound.  God is so eager to establish a personal, loving relationship with you that He has already made all the arrangements.  He is patiently and lovingly waiting for you to respond to His invitation.  You can receive forgiveness of your sins and assurance of eternal life through faith in His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

AM I GOOD ENOUGH TO GET TO HEAVEN? 

ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO GET TO HEAVEN?

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The major barrier that prevents us from knowing God personally is ignorance of who God is and what He has done for us.  The following four principles will help you discover how to know God personally and experience the abundant life he promised.

1.  God loves you and created you to know Him personally.

God's Love - "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 3:16).

God's Plan - "Now this is eternal life:  that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3)

What prevents us from knowing God personally?

2.  Man is sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love.

Man Is Sinful - "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken.  This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

Man Is Separated - "The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).

God is holy and man is sinful.  A great gulf separates the two.  Man is continually trying to reach God and establish a personal relationship with Him through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion - but he inevitably fails.

The third principle explains the only way to bridge this gulf...

3.  Jesus Christ is God's only  provision for man's sin.  Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience God's love.

He Died In Our Place -  "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"  (Romans 5:8).

He Rose From the Dead - "Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures... He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve.  After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

He Is the Only Way to God -  "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me' " (John 14:6).

God bridged the gulf that separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

It is not enough just to know these truths...

4.  We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love.

We Must Receive Christ -  "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name"  (John 1:12).

We Receive Christ Through Faith - "By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast"  (Ephesians 2:8,9).

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth  -   (John 3:1-8 ) "Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling counsel.  2 He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.   For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."

3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

4  "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked.  "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"

5  Jesus answered,  "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.  6  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  7  You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'  8  The wind blows wherever it pleases.  you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

We Receive Christ By Personal Invitation -  [Christ speaking]  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him"  (Revelation 3:20).

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be.  Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough.  Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience.  We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.

Picture in your mind two circles with a throne in the middle which represent two kinds of lives:

The self-directed life  has "self" on the throne, Christ is outside the life and interests are directed by self, often resulting in discord and frustration.

The Christ-directed life has Christ in the center of the life and on the throne.  Self is yielding to Christ (at the foot of the cross).  Interests are directed by Christ, resulting in harmony with God's plan.

Which circle best represents your life?

Which circle would you like to have represent your life?

The following explains how you can receive Christ:

You Can Receive Christ Right Now By Faith Through Prayer (Prayer is talking with God) -  God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.  The following is a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally.  Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins.  Please forgive me.  I open the door of my life and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord.  Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take control of the throne of my life.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.  Amen.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?

If it does, pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

How to Know That Christ Is in Your Life - Did you receive Christ into your life?  According to His promise in Revelation 3:20, where is Christ right now in relation to you?  Christ said that He would come into your life and be your friend so you can know Him personally.  Would He mislead you?  On what authority do you know that God has answered your prayer?  (The trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.)

The Bible Promises Eternal Life to All Who Receive Christ - "The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life"  (1 John 5:11-13).

Thank God often that Christ is in your life and that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).  You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him in.  He will not deceive you.

An important reminder...

Do Not Depend on Feeling - The promise of God's Word, the Bible -- not our feelings - is our authority.  The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.  Picture in your mind a train with an engine in front (named "fact") a train-car in the center (named "faith") and a caboose on the end (named "feeling").

FACT (God and His Word)          FAITH  (our trust in God and His Word)         FEELING (the results of our faith and obedience)  (John 14:21).

The train will run with or without the caboose.  However, it would be useless to attempt to pull the train by the caboose.  In the same way, we as Christians do not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.

Now That You Have Entered Into a Personal Relationship With Christ -  The moment you received Christ by faith, as an act of your will, many things happened, including the following:

1.  Christ came into your life (Revelation 3:20 and Colossians 1:27).

2.  Your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14).

3.  You became a child of God (John 1:12).

4.  You received eternal life (John 5:24).

5.  You began the great adventure for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; and 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Suggestions for Christian Growth -  Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ.  "The righteous man shall live by faith"  (Galatians 3;11).  A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:

G    Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7).

R    Read God's Word daily (Acts 17:11)  - begin with the Gospel of John.

O    Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21).

W    Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8).

T     Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7).

H    Holy Spirit - Allow Him to control and empower your daily life and    witness (Galatians 5:16, 17; Acts 1:8).

If this page has been of help to you, please email me at chriswatson@cox.net

Please indicate:

____  I have received Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord.

____  I am a Christian, and I would like further help in getting to know Christ better.

____  I still have questions.  Please email more information about Jesus Christ.

And last but not least -

Fellowship In a Bible-based Church  -  God's Word admonishes us not to forsake "the assembling of ourselves together..."  (Hebrews 10:25). 

Think of a fire burning in a fireplace.  Several logs burn brightly together, but put one aside on the cold hearth and the fire goes out.  So it is with your relationship with other Christians.  If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited.  Take the initiative; call the pastor of a nearby Bible-believing church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached.  Start this week, and make plans to attend regularly. 

Did you know that God has been waiting your entire life for you to make this decision about His one and only Son, Jesus Christ?

May God richly bless your new life in Jesus Christ!  Congratulations!

 

What We Believe...

*  About God:

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

*About Humankind:

We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character.  We are the supreme object of God's creation.  Although humankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, called "sin."  This attitude separates us from God.

Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2

*About Eternity:

We all were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally in union with God through forgiveness and salvation or separated from God by sin.  Heaven is the place of eternal union and eternal life with God.  The eternal separation from God is called Hell.

John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; (Hell)

Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:27 (Heaven)

* About Jesus Christ:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heavens glory and will return again, to earth, to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

*About Salvation:

Salvation is a gift from God to mankind.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

*About The Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual gifts, and guidance in doing what is right.  The Christian's responsibility is to seek and to live under His will daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1

*About Spiritual Gifts:

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to each believer in Jesus Christ, allowing for greater intimacy with God and power for accomplishing His work in our world today.  We believe that God, the giver of gifts, gives severally as he wills, and with emphasis on growing maturity in Jesus Christ.  These gifts are revealed and then can be used for His purposes and powerfully influence and affect our world for Christ.

1Corinthians 12:4-7, 11, 17, 29, 30

*About The Bible:

The Bible is God's Word to all mankind.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalms 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5

 

 

  


 

 

 

 

 

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