Hearing and Deciding
Romans 10:17 declares, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." After hearing the truth of the Gospel concerning God's plan of redemption for all humanity through His Son Jesus Christ, a decision must be made.
Making the decision to follow Christ is the most important decision you will ever make. This decision not only impacts your journey here on earth but determines where you will spend eternity. The good news is, the bible does declare that you can be sure where you will spend eternity. 1 John 5:13 says, "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."
The first step is to realize no one is good enough to get to heaven in and of themselves. Why? Because the scriptures say, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Rom.3:23, ESV). Sin is the only thing that can separate humanity from God. “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2, ESV)
That's why we need a Savior. Because of His great love God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross and pay the penalty for your sin and the sins of the whole world. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Salvation is God's gift to you. Salvation does not come by joining a church or following a certain religion or by just being good. Salvation comes when we repent of our sin and we trust Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.
Don't put it off one more day. Right now settle the most important decision of your life and be assured of your salvation. Pray the following prayer and receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
"Heavenly Father, I recognize that I have sinned and messed up. I am now willing to repent. Please forgive me of my sins and help me as I turn my life completely over to you. Right now, I receive Jesus as my Savior and my Lord. I confess with my mouth and I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God and has been raised from the dead for my salvation. I thank you that I am now a child of God and on my way to heaven; in Jesus name, Amen!"
The Local Church
If you just prayed this prayer from your heart, the bible says you have instantly become a new creation in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17, ESV) You will never be the same!
When you make the decision to follow Jesus you become part of a community of believers. That is why the local church exists. You need the local church and the local church needs you. Each week, the church gathers to worship God, discover his plan for our lives, and learn how to grow deeper in the things of God.
Make the decision to get involved and connect with us at Faith Community Church.
If you have accepted Christ or still have questions about God’s plan for your life, please contact us.
Simply put, baptism is an outward display and celebration of your inward decision to trust Christ with your eternity. It’s an act of obedience, a step of acknowledgement that is representative of the fact that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again from the grave, alive, so each of us can experience eternal life.
If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, baptism is your next step in your spiritual journey.
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