Becoming a child of God. Following Jesus. Becoming a Christian - a Christ-follower. What do these mean?
Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
How do we become a born again Christian as Jesus said we needed to become?
Being a Christian:
- is NOT a religion.
- is NOT rooted in being a part of a particular church.
- is NOT performing a set of rituals or following man-made methodologies.
- is NOT making a confession of your sins to a priest and seeking absolution.
- is NOT going through a confirmation process.
- is NOT something that happens by being baptized.
- is NOT joining a church.
- is NOT trying to be good enough to win God’s approval.
None of these will get you into heaven or allow you to escape judgment day. When we all stand before God and give an account of what we have done while on earth, what will you say?
THE GOOD NEWS
Salvation is only by and through one thing and is the result of one single life-changing event. Salvation comes through fully believing in, trusting in, surrendering to, and following after the person of Jesus Christ.
Scripture tells us “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
The Bible also tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
More directly stated, we have all sinned and the penalty of our sin is death. This death is eternal spiritual death and separation eternally from God’s love.
Sounds pretty hopeless, right? Good thing that it is not the end of the story. Listen to this!
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”
In other words, Jesus took all of your sin - past, present, and future - upon himself and died in your place so that you would not suffer eternal separation from God because of your sinfulness.
This is the best news you will ever hear because God made a very clear and easy way back to Himself so that you do not have to face certain and eternal death and separation from a loving God who has nothing but good in store for you.
HERE IS THE INVITATION OF ALL INVITATIONS YOU WILL EVER RECEIVE:
No matter where you are in your circumstances.
No matter how you have failed.
No matter how far away from God you have gone.
No matter how terrible the sin is that you are committing or have committed.
His arms are wide open and waiting for you. Run to Him!
Run after God with your whole heart and call out to the Savior of the world.
“Jesus! I need you!”
Jesus gave His own life for you so that you would not have to pay the penalty for your sins. God offers you eternal everlasting life through the shed blood of His own son. Yes. Jesus paid the penalty for your sin and rebellion in FULL!
Don’t miss this!
The full debt for your sin against God - past, present, and future - has been paid in full by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. All you need to do is put your trust in Jesus as your Savior for your eternal salvation.
Are you ready to turn away from (repent) of your selfish attitude and desire to choose your own way?
Are you ready to walk away from willfully sinning against God?
If you are and you don’t want to live your life separated from the love and mercy of God any longer, STOP what you are doing. No matter where you are right now, CALL ON HIS NAME and you will be saved!
Believe in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead.
Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you WILL be saved.
We have the promise of God about this. In Romans 10:8-13 we are told that:
“if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved,”
“Whoever believes in Him will not be ashamed.”
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
These are promises from God.
The truth on the matter is that NO ONE who has ever chosen to receive God’s free gift of salvation by being born again has ever regretted it. No one. You won’t either.
Have you come to a place in your spiritual journey where you are ready to follow after Jesus Christ and secure your eternal wellbeing" If so, get back with the person who sent you this and ask them to pray with you. They will be OVER-JOYED to do so. If you can't get in touch with them, find a quiet place for a few minutes and take a moment to pray this prayer out loud to God:
“God, I am dead in my sins and in need of a savior.’
“I am ready to change the way I have been living my life for myself and I want to follow after Jesus Christ.’
“I choose to repent of my sin and rebellion against you and your will for my life.’
“As an act of faith, I receive YOU Jesus as my Savior and want to make YOU my Lord.’
“BY FAITH I believe in my heart that you conquered sin and death when you were raised from the dead after your death on the cross. And now I confess with my mouth out loud that Jesus Christ is Lord.’
“Thank you for saving me. Change my heart and make it a new creation. I want to be like and live for you.’
“In Your name, I pray, Amen!’”
Did you pray this with your whole heart? If so, take a moment and call or write the person who sent you here. They have been praying for you - for this moment in your life to happen. For you to be born again.
Tell them what you have just done. They will be really excited to know you have prayed this prayer because if you did, you are now alive to God. His Spirit lives in you. You ARE Born Again by the Spirit of God.
If you would like to make your profession of faith public, you can also let us know in one of several ways:
Leave a comment below saying you have just prayed to receive Christ.
You can email us at SavedNow @ savednow.com. We want to get you some more information to help you start your walk with Jesus.
Write to us on Facebook or Instagram at SavedNowOutreach
If you don't have anyone to pray with and would like to pray with someone, let us know. One of our staff or volunteers will be honored to pray with you.
Now, tell someone that you just accepted Christ as your savior. This will be the beginning of something huge in your life! We promise.
One final scripture - in the words of Jesus... “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” Matthew 10:32-33).
Take a moment and tell someone what you have just done. Let those you know who are Christians know what you have just done. The more you talk about it, the more you will begin to experience things that can only be explained as God's intervention in your life. When you experience an authentic conversion, it will be difficult to keep from saying something to someone.
Start by telling us! Let us hear from you! Visit fb.me/SavedNowOutreach and post the good news to our page. We will want to celebrate with you.