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Godís Word, the Bible, tells us there is a God who made us and who loves us all very much.  Because of his love and mercy, he has made it possible for each and every one of us to enter into a right personal relationship with himself, and to be assured of going to Heaven after this life.  This is possible because God took it upon himself to solve our sin problem through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Godís great salvation provision can be received personally, through faith, by anyone who will simply take it as a gift.

 

1  Our Problem

Our sin has separated us from God.

 

God is perfectly sinless (holy). 1 Pet. 1:15

 

We must be sinless to have a right relationship with God and to be with him in Heaven someday. Psa. 5:4; Rev. 21:27

 

But we are sinful and cannot change our condition. Ro. 3:10-11, 23; 1 Jn. 1:8

 

God has determined that death (eternal separation from himself) is necessary as a just result of our sinfulness. Ro. 6:23

 

Since sinless perfection is what God requires, our imperfect attempts at trying to earn a right relationship with God - through doing good works, going to church, etc. - cannot help us. Gal. 2:16, 3:10; Ja. 2:10

 

Do you recognize your sin problem?

 

2  God's Provision

His Son, Jesus Christ, died in our place for our sin.

 

Jesus, who is sinless, rescued us by taking what we deserve.  He gave his life for us, dying on a cross in our place.  2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 3:18

 

Three days after dying, Jesus came back to life, proving who he is and what his death accomplished.  1 Cor. 15:3-5

 

Jesusí death in our place is the only solution there is to our sin problem.  Jn. 14:6; Ac. 4:12

 

The forgiveness of sin and right relationship with God we need are offered to us as a gift, by Godís mercy.  They can only be received as a gift.  Ro. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9

 

Do you realize that God provided the only way for your sin problem to be solved, through Jesus Christ?

 

3  Your Response

Place your trust in Jesus Christ, as your Savior from sin and the only one who can bring you into a right relationship with God.

 

Choosing to receive Godís gift by personally trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior, results in a father-child relationship with God and an assurance of eternal life in Heaven.  Eph. 2:8-9; Jn. 1:12; Jn. 3:16, 6:47; 1 Jn. 5:11-13.

 

ē Placing trust in Jesus Christ (this is what ďbelieve inĒ actually means) is all any of us can do to receive the salvation God offers.

 

ē Placing trust is more than being aware of the correct biblical information about Godís salvation.

 

ē Placing trust is more than becoming intellectually persuaded - acknowledging the truthfulness - of the biblical information about Godís salvation through Jesus Christ.

 

ē Placing trust is choosing to personally rely on who or what you have become persuaded about. In salvation, it is exercising your will by coming to God in a moment of time, in simple faith, to depend completely and only on his Son, Jesus Christ, as your own Savior.  

 

If you have not already, will you receive Jesus Christ by trusting in him to save you and bring you to God?

 

No one is saved by saying a prayer, but by depending on Jesus Christís death in his/ her place to put him/ her in a right relationship with God.  Why not tell God now that you are trusting in his Son alone, as your Savior?  You could say something like this to him Ö

 

 

Dear God,

 

     I know I am a sinner and I understand that I cannot make myself right with you through my own efforts.  Lord Jesus, thank you for dying in my place for all my sins.  I am, in this moment, making a decision to place my trust in you completely, and in you alone, as my Savior.  I am counting on what you did for me on that cross - because of your love for me and your grace - as the only way I can be forgiven of all my sin, and enter into a right personal relationship with God. 

 

     God, thank you for giving me the free gift of eternal life in Heaven.  Thank you for new life, with new potential, beginning now, through your Son, Jesus Christ.  Thank you for making me your own child forever.

If you just prayed this kind of prayer, please e-mail us to let us know.  We would love to come along-side you, answer any questions you have, and encourage you in your new life in Christ.  mailbox@countrysideinpa.org

 

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