We all like to receive gifts! God desires to give each one of us eternal life so that we may have a relationship with Him, both now and for eternity. All you have to do is ask Him for it and accept it. You may think that there is nothing you need, but our greatest need is forgiveness from the One who created us and sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us. Save us from what you may be asking? The reality is that we have all done things that are wrong in the sight of God. This is called sin. From little sins to big sins, they separate us from God and keep us from having a relationship with Him.
But there is hope! Forgiveness of sin happens through a sacrifice, and Jesus came to the earth to do just that for us. Jesus lived a sinless life and He freely gave all for us. Committing our lives to follow Jesus, asking Him to forgive our sins, and following Him is all we have to do to receive this gift.
CAN PEOPLE IN TODAY'S WORLD HAVE HOPE?
Yes! God loves you and has a special plan for you. He longs for you to know Him, and He wants to have a personal relationship with you. He promises us that we can find hope for today and forever. Here's how:
GOD'S POWER CAN MAKE US SECURE
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16
SIN MAKES CHANGE NECESSARY
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
GOD STILL LOVES US
"But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us". Romans 5:8
SIN EARNS DEATH, BUT GOD GIVES LIFE
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
CONFESS, REPENT, BELIEVE, CALL
"...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. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:9-10, 13
DO YOU DESIRE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD? SIMPLY ASK HIM WITH THIS SIMPLE PRAYER:
"Dear God, I know that Jesus is your Son and that He died and was raised from the dead. Because I have sinned and need forgiveness, I ask Jesus to save me. I surrender my life to Jesus as my Savior and Lord, and I turn away from my sins. Thank you for giving me forgiveness, eternal life, and hope. In Jesus' name...Amen."
If you prayed this prayer, please let us know. We would love to pray for you and to help you begin this new chapter in your life. Please contact Pastor Dodson at (540) 825-6614 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.