How To Know God
Everything we do here at Curtis, and the reason we exist, is because of God’s gift of salvation that comes through his Son, Jesus. More than anything else, we want you to know that God loves you and has a purpose for your life! Many people spend their lives trying to find the meaning of life. Some are trying to earn God’s approval by following rules, attending religious services, or being a good person; the truth is that the only way to a fulfilling life and an eternal future in heaven is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. So how can you have a relationship with Jesus? Well, what you need to know is….
1) God loves you.
Because of God’s love for all people, He desires to have a relationship with you. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5)
2) You are a sinner.
Everyone is born with a sin nature and in time reveals this nature. Our sin nature is opposed to God’s way therefore we choose to go our own way. Therefore as sinners we choose to live our lives our way instead of following God’s way. (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10)
3) Sin separates you from God.
Sin is a barrier that prevents you from entering into relationship with God. Living in sin keeps you from knowing God’s purpose for you in life. In fact, to die without allowing Jesus to remove your sin will separate you from God for all eternity. The Bible says this eternal separation from God will be in a place called hell. (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)
4) You can’t save yourself.
People often think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier between themselves and God. That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4-5)
5) God sent His Son, Jesus, to remove the sin barrier.
What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! Your sin is a barrier between you and God. But the Good News is that Jesus died on the cross for you and then rose from the dead to demonstrate that His payment was acceptable to God. By taking your punishment on Himself, Jesus made a way for a relationship with God. (1 Peter 2:23; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9)
6) You can receive Jesus Christ through faith.
Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ to put you in right relationship with God, allowing Him to live His life through you. Faith also involves repentance or genuine sorrow for sin and willingness to turn away from sin. (John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10)
7) Through prayer you can trust in Jesus Christ.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Express sorrow or repentance for your sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Invite Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. Commit yourself to live for Him.
If you just prayed to receive Christ for the first time, please give us a call (706) 722-7348 or email us and let us know! We would love to help you grow, because accepting Christ is just the beginning of an awesome life-long journey!