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STEP 1 – GOD’S PURPOSE: PEACE & LIFE God loves you and wants you to experience peace and abundant, eternal life
The Bible says … “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:1b (NKJV)
“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)
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” —John 10:10 (NKJV)
Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?
STEP 2 – THE PROBLEM: OUR SEPARATION God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice. We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.
The Bible says … “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” —Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” —Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
Our Attempts to Reach God People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God …
The Bible says … “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” —Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV)
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” —Isaiah 59:2 (NJKV)
No bridge reaches God … except one.
STEP 3 – GOD’S BRIDGE: THE CROSS Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.
The Bible says … “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” —1 Timothy 2:5 (NKJV)
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” —1 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)
”But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” —Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.
STEP 4 – OUR RESPONSE: RECEIVE CHRIST We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation
The Bible says … “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)
“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)
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” —Romans 10:9 (NKJV)
Where are you? Will you receive Jesus Christ right now? Here is how you can receive Christ: 1. Admit your need (I am a sinner). 2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent). 3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave. 4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.) If you would like to pray right now and receive Jesus Christ, see Step 5 below.
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