Becoming a Christian
Being a Christ-follower is NOT:
Salvation is not a RELIGION; it is a RELATIONSHIP with God through Jesus Christ.
"‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,’ says the Lord..."
1. GOD DESIRES A RELATIONSHIP WITH MANKIND.
God CREATED MAN to be in fellowship with him.
"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image...'"
"Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless 'til they find rest in Thee."
God REVEALED HIMSELF to encourage fellowship with him.
2. MAN’S SIN PREVENTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
Man has a natural desire to be boss and to ignore God’s principles for living.
The Bible calls this attitude: SIN!
"We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way..."
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us."
1 John 1:8
Sin breaks our close relationship with God because it puts us in charge and
takes God out of His place of authority in our life. It causes us to fear God and try
to live our lives outside of His will.
"… your iniquities have separated you from your God… "
"… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…"
3. GOD HAS WORKED TO RESTORE THE RELATIONSHIP WITH MEN
"But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
to redeem those under Law, that we might receive the full rights of sons."
God Himself came to earth as a human being to bring us back to fellowship with Him.
The only way to relationship with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ.
"... I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Jesus’ sinless life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection provide the basis for the
forgiveness of sin and a restored relationship with God the Father.
"For the wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us."
God has already done His part to restore our relationship to Him. He took the initiative.
Now He waits for each of us to individually accept what He has done for us.
4. WE MUST ACCEPT GOD’S GRACIOUS OFFER OF A RELATIONSHIP BY FAITH IN JESUS.
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