The gospel message is simple: “That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).
How to be “close with God” and sure of a home in Heaven…
(It’s as easy as ABC)
Admit you “don’t have it all together” and need God!
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Believe Jesus does have it all together and can meet your need!
(Because He died for your sin and rose again, providing forgiveness for sin and victory over death)
1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Call on Jesus to save you!
Romans 10:13 – For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Right now, right where you are at, you can receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior by confessing your sins and praying for His forgiveness.
You can form your prayer something like this:“Dear God, I believe that You are telling me the truth in Your Word and I agree with it. I confess that I am a sinner and I need to be rescued – I need a Savior. I believe that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die on a cross to pay the penalty for my sin. I believe that He rose from the grave, conquering sin and death, and now offers me eternal life – a love relationship with You forever. I want that. So right now Jesus, I turn from my sin in repentance and I turn to You. Come into my life, forgive my sin, and give me eternal life. I commit my life to You. Thank You for becoming my Savior, my Friend, My Lord. I love You. Thank You for loving me. Guide me now as I follow You. Amen.”
In choosing to follow Jesus you’ve now entered into the most amazing relationship you’ll ever experience- a relationship with the Divine- a relationship with the God Who not only purposefully created you but Who loves you passionately and wants to give you a life that matters! He wants you to walk through everyday with Him and to experience both His presence and His activity on your behalf. His desire is for you to grow closer and deeper with Him. He wants to lead your life (He authored life- He knows how it works best)- to guide you in truth so that you won’t be duped into making choices that are deceptive and destructive. His love for you is real.
And, just as in any relationship, in order for it to grow and develop you’ve got to spend time together. That’s how it is with your new relationship with Jesus. He wants you to spend meaningful time together each day so that you’ll be able to experience first-hand what following Him is all about.