– WAYS TO CONNECT –
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HAVING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
WHAT’S MY FIRST STEP?
There’s a book that contains an incredible story of love and forgiveness, and the good news is, it was written just for you. In this book, God tells us how much He desperately wants us to know Him, and it lays out 3 clear points:
First, the Bible tells us that mankind has a problem, and this problem is sin.
As Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.
Since each one of us has this problem, what can we do about it?
Second, the good news is that God provided a solution. 1 John 4:9 tells us “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” He loved us so much that He gave us the gift of His Son Jesus to die for us, and take the place of our sin.
SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS GIFT?
Third, the Bible demands a decision. It’s not enough to just know about God and His story of love. You must choose to put your trust in Christ, to receive this free gift of salvation that God offers. When we accept this gift, we come into His perfect love of acceptance and forgiveness.
John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” You can do this by praying a simple prayer, telling God you know you are a sinner who needs forgiveness, and you are ready to accept His son Jesus as your personal savior. There is no need to worry that God did not hear you. His word promises us that “everyone who calls on the name of Lord will be saved”. If you prayed this prayer of repentance, you are now His child!
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
Remember that God wants to have a relationship with you, which means it is a real, interactive thing. Here are some things you can do to grow in your relationship with God:Tell someone about your decision. Talk to a pastor or trusted friend who shares this new faith, so they can encourage you in your walk.
Pray. The way believers talk to God is through prayer.Your prayer should be from your heart to His. Don’t worry about saying the exact right words. God wants to know what’s on your heart.Read God’s Word. There are countless truths to live by found in this book, and in its pages you will find many promises of hope and joy written just for you. Don’t feel you have to tackle the whole Bible at once.There are many versions that are written in easy to understand language. Visit a local bookstore and find one that you feel comfortable with. Find a local church where you can join with others who share your faith.
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