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“If there were more than one path to salvation then it would totally negate Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, his life, his teachings.”           

                       Josh McDowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“So here’s what it comes down to: the ultimate choice in life is between pleasing ourselves and pleasing God”

                            Greg  Laurie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me.” 

              Charles H. Spurgeon   

 

 

 

 

 

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Every thinking person eventually gets around to asking three important questions:

 

            1) Where did I come from?

            2) Why am I here?

            3) What happens when I die?

 

The fact is, we all wonder if there is a higher purpose for our existence.  That’s what distinguishes us from animals.  Because we are created in the image of God, most people know intuitively that there must be something more than just the here and the now.

 

The good news is you are no accident. Every person on planet earth has been put here for a reason. Your purpose for being here is simple—to please God, to live for Him, and ultimately, to live with Him for eternity in Heaven.  Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

 

Unfortunately, there is some bad news as well. The Bible tells us that we all fall short of God’s perfection and are deserving of God’s judgment.  It’s called sin and we are all guilty of it.  Now you may say, “But wait a minute…I know I’m not perfect, but I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.” That’s probably true, but the Bible says that even one sin is enough to keep us out of Heaven and separate us from God’s presence.  James 2:10 says, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.  The Bible also declares that the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

 

So let’s get back to the good news.  Even though we all have sinned and are worthy of Hell, God loves us and has provided a way so that we can be saved.  In Romans 5:8 we read  “ But God demonstrates His love for us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   You see, when Jesus died on the Cross, God placed all of our sins on Jesus, and He paid the penalty for every sin that you and I have ever committed. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)

 

Now you’re probably saying, “That’s really great.  Jesus did all that for me? That’s awesome!  But don’t I need to do something?”  The answer is Yes! You must receive God’s free gift of salvation and accept Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.   Basically, there are four things that a person must do to be saved:

 

  1. Recognize that you are a sinner:  As we have already discussed, we are all in the same boat. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23) and there is none righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10).
     
  2.  Believe that Jesus died on the Cross for your sins:  “Christ suffered  for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
     
  3. Repent and turn away from your sins: This means that you flip a U-turn in life.  Before, you were walking away from God.  Now, you must start to walk toward Him. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19). 
     
  4. Accept Christ into your life and now live for Him.  Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”  Are you willing to let Jesus take control of your life?  God’s plan is best. In fact, God’s plans for you are better than any of the plans that you make for yourself.  The key is that you choose to do things God’s way and not your own.
     

 

Would you like to receive Christ into your life?   If you invite Him in, He will forgive you of all of your sins.  Why not pray to Him right now?  Confess to God that you are a sinner, and that you believe that Jesus died for all of your sins.  Tell Him that you want to repent of your sins and that you will live for Him from this day forward. And finally, believe by faith that Jesus has forgiven you just as He has promised.

 

If you just asked Christ into your heart, congratulations--you are now a Christian.  There are some things you need to do immediately!  First, if you have a Bible, begin to read it.   Start in the New Testament, in the Book of John or in Matthew. Next, you need to find a church that teaches the Bible.  That’s the key.  There are a lot of churches out there, but it is essential for you to choose one that places an emphasis on the teaching of God’s Word. And one more thing: Be baptized and begin to tell others about your decision to follow Christ.

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

--2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 

If you have any questions or you need assistance finding a good church, please contact us either by phone or email.  See the contact us section for further guidance. From us here at Christian Tutors of America, allow us to be the first to say--

 

Welcome to the family of God!