WE BELIEVE THAT GOD CREATED THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING IN IT, INCLUDING YOU, AND HE WANTS TO BEGIN A PERSONAL, ONE-ON-ONE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU TODAY.
But how can anyone be sure that just because they have made a decision to live for Jesus and raised their hand in church, that they are now what the Bible calls “born again” or a Christian?
The Bible says that trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story—no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah…
It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what He did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between Him and me!”” Romans 10:9 & 10 (MSG)
If you have asked Jesus to come into your life and be your Master and Saviour then you can be sure that He will respond and do just that. It is a fact, not a feeling. Feelings will often make us feel that we are not really saved. Jesus himself said:
“Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put Me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living..” John 5:24 (MSG)
“But whoever did want Him, who believed he was who He claimed and would do what He said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.” John 1:12-13 (MSG)
Jesus tells us that we are saved and accepted by God because of our trust in Jesus, not our own ability to please God or stick to the rules. If you feel unworthy or unsure then it is not because God has not accepted you, but that you have not fully believed or understood that God has accepted you in Christ. As we trust Jesus for eternal life, we can also trust Him for everything else that we need. By depending on and trusting in Jesus we are brought to the Father and made right with God. God has good deeds that he wants you to do to change the world, but we don’t do good deeds to be saved and accepted by God. We do good deeds because we are saved and now we want to help others and show them God’s love.
“God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Eph 2:8-10
*** IF YOU HAVE NEVER PRAYED AND CONSCIOUSLY PUT YOUR TRUST IN JESUS, ASKING HIM TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN DO SO BY PRAYING THIS SIMPLE PRAYER***
“Father I come to you in the name of Jesus, I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. Thank you Jesus that you died on the cross for me so that I can go from being a sinner to a child of God. I ask you to come into my life and cleanse me from my sin. I thank you Lord that I can be born again and that my life can be new. Amen.”
We want to help you learn how to follow Jesus and take your next steps. If you have made the decision to follow Jesus, or if you still have questions, we would love to talk with you about it. Join us on Sunday at the Connect Lounge or contact us for more information.