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For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. – Romans 1:16
I am not ashamed of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
This is something that I can’t be silent about. It’s changed me in ways that I cannot even describe.
I am no better than any of you. I’ve sinned, I’ve stumbled, and I’ve performed my share of boneheaded acts in my life. I’ve done all kinds of things I’m not proud of and have made some really stupid decisions…yes, even as a Christian! In the 40+ years that I’ve been on this Earth, I’ve hardly been the model of proper Christian living.
But do you know what? The Creator of the Universe was willing to accept me…and is willing to accept you just as you are…full of flaws and sins…and embrace you in His arms! You can be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that your eternal destiny is safe and secure.
How can you receive this? Read on…
God is real, is alive today, and is as relevant as He ever was.
There is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Bible – the 66 books of the Old Testament and New Testament – is the infallible Word of God.
Man is a sinner, and sin has Separated him from God!
You may think you are a good person but being good is not enough! Every man has sinned and there is none that is righteous before God!
“For there is not a just man upon Earth, that does good and sins not” ( Eccl. 7:20 ).
“For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God” ( Romans 3:23 ).
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” ( James 2:10 )
God Loves You!
God loves you so much that He made a way for you, through the shed blood of His Son so that you might be able to spend eternity with Him.
“For God so loved the world that he gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life” ( John 3:16 ).
Jesus Christ is the Only Remedy for Sin!
Jesus Christ is the only remedy for sin. We can not be good enough to get into heaven, nor can our good works get us there.
There was no other way for God to erase the effect of sin except by blood. The shedding of Christ’s blood indicated that the penalty for sin had been paid; a perfect sinless life had been sacrificed for the lives of all who have sinned.
“…Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins” ( Hebrews 9:22 )
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” ( 1 Peter 3:18 )
“Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” ( Acts 4:12 ).
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” ( John 14:6 )
You Must Receive Jesus Christ as Your Lord and Savior
To be saved, a man must confess that Jesus is Lord, while acknowledging in his heart that Christ must have full rule over his life. This confession of Christ as Lord assumes that it is Christ who will work and fulfill His own righteousness within man, as man is unable to attain righteousness of his own accord.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” ( Romans 10:9 )
Jesus calls this experience the “new birth.” He told Nicodemus: “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God” ( John 3:3 ).
We invite you now to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name” ( John 1:12 ).
Pray this Prayer and Mean it with all Your Heart
“Dear Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and have broken Your laws. I understand that my sin has separated me from You. I am sorry and I ask You to forgive me. I accept the fact that Your Son Jesus Christ died for me, was resurrected, and is alive today and hears my prayers. I now open my heart’s door and invite Jesus in to become my Lord and my Savior. I give Him control and ask that He would rule and reign in my heart so that His perfect will would be accomplished in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer in all sincerity, you are now a Child of God. However, there are a few things that you need to do to follow up on your commitment.
- Get baptized (full immersion) in water as commanded by Christ as a public display of repentance.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spend time with God each day through daily prayer and Bible reading.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus.
These free resources can help answer your questions and guide you in your faith:
- Know Jesus, a free, guided online course that shows you what it means to have faith in Christ and how to communicate with Him.
- Basics of Christianity, a place to learn more about what Christians believe.
- Common Questions, where you can find answers to some spiritual questions.
- Life Issues, get practical direction for moving forward with difficult life situations.
- Church Finder, search for a church in your area.
I Want to Hear From You!
Give me a shout! Contact me and let me know if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ into your life or if you have any questions (please be polite). Thanks!