Congratulations on taking the ultimate "Next Step"!
Below you will find some information that will help you understand why a relationship with Jesus is so important. At the bottom of the page, there will be a place to let us know what you decided and connect with someone who will answer any questions you may have and pray with you. We also know this is a BIG step so if at any point you feel overwhelmed or confused feel free to skip to the end and contact us so we can walk you through it and make sure you have all your questions answered.
1. God loves you and created you to know Him personally. He has a wonderful plan for your life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)
2. People are sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love.
People Are Sinful:
“...all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
People were created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
People Are Separated:
“For the wages of sin is death…” [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).
3. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience His love and plan.
He Died in Our Place:
“But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
He Rose From the Dead:
“...Christ died for our sins…He was buried…He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, then to the Twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
He Is the Only Way to God:
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.’” (John 14:6)
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love and plan for us.
We Must Receive Christ:
“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)
We Receive Christ Through Faith:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth: (Read John 3:1-8)
We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation:
[Christ Speaking] “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).
Receiving Christ involves repentance (turning to God from self) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by grace through faith, as an act of our will.
You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer:
God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
Does This Prayer Express the Desire of Your Heart?:
If it does, pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised. If you are unsure how to pray click the button above and someone from Legacy will be in contact to pray with you.
Did You Receive Christ Into Your Life?:
According to His promise as recorded in Revelation 3:20, where is Christ right now in relation to you? Christ said that He would come into your life and be your Savior and friend so you can know Him personally. Would He mislead you? On what authority do you know that God has answered your prayer? (The trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.)
The Bible Promises Eternal Life to All Who Receive Christ:
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:11-13).
Thank God often that Christ is in your life and that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). You can know on the basis of His [promise that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him in.
Do Not Depend on Feelings:
The promise of God's Word, the Bible—not our feelings— is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the character of God Himself and His Word. You can think about it this way: the relationship between fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience) Is like a train. (John 14:21).
The train will run with or without the caboose. However, it would be useless to attempt to pull the train by the caboose. In the same way, we as Christians do not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the character of God and the promises of His Word.
Now That You Have Entered Into a Personal Relationship With Christ:
The moment you received Christ by faith, as an act of your will, many things happened, including the following:
- Christ came into your life (Revelation 3:20; Colossians 1:27)
- Your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
- You became a child of God (John 1:12)
- You received eternal life (John 5:24)
- You began the great adventure for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Can you think of anything more wonderful that could happen to you than entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has done for you? By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.
Suggestions for Christian Growth
Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ. “...The righteous will live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:
G: Go to God in prayer daily. (John 15:7)
R: Read God’s Word daily. Start with the Gospel of John. (Acts 17:11)
O: Obey God moment by moment. (John 14:21)
W: Witness for Christ by your life and words. (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8)
T: Trust God for every detail of your life. (1 Peter 5:7)
H: Holy Spirit—Allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness. (Galatians 5:16-17; Acts 1:8)
Fellowship in a Good Church
Several logs burn brightly together but put one aside on the cold hearth and the fire goes out. So it is with your relationship with other Christians. If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. Take the initiative; click the button below and connect with people at Legacy or call the pastor of a nearby church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached. Start this week, and make plans to attend regularly.
Your walk with Christ depends on what you allow Him to do in and through you, empowered by the Holy Spirit, not what you do for Him through your own efforts.