Does God really love me?
God is love. God loves you and wants to spend every moment of every day with you – right through forever – starting now. God wants to give you the love, peace, joy, forgiveness, strength, power, healing, courage and life that Jesus’ died to give us all. God wants to live with us, in us and through us.
That’s great that God loves me, but why should I follow Him?
God did not make us robots to automatically love and obey Him. He loves us so much that He gave us free will: the ability to choose who and what we will follow and believe. Our free will also results in sin whenever we choose not to trust and follow God, and sin always leads to separation from God and death – one way or another. But God gave us the antidote for our sin and separation: His Son, Jesus Christ.
How does that work?
The One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you’ve done. He wants you to experience the incredible depth of His love and care, so He sent His Son, Jesus to show us how and to provide the way to life with God.
When Jesus died on the cross, because He was both God and human, He was able to take all the sin of the entire world onto Himself and pay the final price for our sin with His own life. He did this voluntarily so that we could be with Him and His Father, our God, forever. Three days later, God raised Jesus from the dead, destroying the power of sin and death through Jesus’ death and resurrection. In Jesus we are completely forgiven, freed from the power of both sin and death, and given a new life with God that never ends. Jesus alone provides the way to God through His death and resurrection (Romans 5:10), and it’s completely free!
That’s the best deal I have ever heard! What do I have to do?
It all starts with turning away from our sin and turning toward God. We ask God to forgive our sin and He does – gladly! Then we decide to trust and receive Jesus Christ as both our Savior (He saves us from our sin) and Lord (as we surrender our lives to Him and ask Him to take charge of us).
Simply put, are we willing to trade our life and everything with it in exchange for Jesus’ life and everything He has? It’s not enough to just know about this or even to agree with it. You have to act on it.
Start by accepting that we all sin. Agree with God that Jesus died and rose from the dead to pay for our sins and that Jesus is our Savior (the One who saves us).
Admit to God that you personally need His forgiveness and confess your sins to Him (the things you have thought and said and done that separate us from God). When you are done confessing, receive His forgiveness and believe that you are forgiven by God – because you are! Thank God!
Now hand your entire life over to God and accept Jesus’ life in return. Make Jesus your Lord and King. Give Him your whole life and trust Him with it all: your life, your loved ones, your home, your work, your health, your stuff – everything!
Ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill you: to restore you and heal you, to speak to you and teach you, to inspire and empower you, to guide you and to help you to follow God every day of your life – and He will!
Thank God for your new life in Jesus and celebrate! Heaven and earth celebrate with you! Congratulations!
As you embark on your new life you will have many questions and we are here to help you in your walk with God.
Contact us and we will celebrate your new life with you – you’re a member of the family now! Ask us any questions you may have and check out our Grow in Faith page for more helps. Welcome to God’s Family!
Romans 10:9 promises, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”