GOD'S PURPOSE: PEACE AND LIFE
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life - abundant and eternal.
"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
- Romans 5:1
"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
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
- John 10:10
Why don't most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?
THE PROBLEM: OUR SEPARATIONGod 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 wilful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
- Romans 3:23
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- Romans 6:23
People have tries many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God...
The Bible says ...
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death."
- Proverbs 14:12
"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
- Isaiah 59:2
No bridge reaches God ... except one.
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.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ."
- 1 Timothy 2:5
"For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."
- 1 Peter 3:18
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
- Romans 5:8
God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.
OUR RESPONSE: RECEIVE CHRIST
We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and receive Him by personal invitation.
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."
- Revelation 3:20
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
- John 1:12
"That if you confess 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
How to Pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness.I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour. In Your Name.
God's Assurance: His Word
If you prayed this prayer, the Bible says ...
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" - Romans 10:1
Please contact Pastor Andrew if you would like any help. God bless you.