do you know jesus?
The Christian life isn't about religion, but about a person...Jesus Christ.
Have you ever wondered, "How do I begin a relationship with Jesus Christ? How can I know God personally?"
The following four words help summarize how we can know God:
Love, Separation, Provision, and Connection.
Love: God loves YOU! Recognize that He loves you just the way you are, unconditionally. His desire is for you to know Him. God wants you to find complete spiritual satisfaction by starting a vibrant relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.
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. (John 3:16)
Separation: Know and admit that your SIN has separated you from God. Knowingly or unknowingly you’ve broken one of God’s 10 commandments, His standard for perfection. Right now, you stand guilty before God for your sin.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Your personal goodness or ability to help others can’t solve the separation problem. There is NOTHING you can do to pay for the penalty of your sins. Morality, religion, generosity, or good works do not satisfy God’s standard.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12)
Provision: Jesus died on the cross to pay for the penalty of your sins. He is God’s ONLY solution to your sin problem. Jesus died on the cross to connect you to God. He was buried and on the third day, He rose from the grave.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Starting the Christian Life: You begin the Christian life through a prayer of faith. Here is a sample prayer to repeat out loud to the Lord if you are ready to follow Him with all of your heart:
Lord God, I thank You for Your great love for me. Today I understand how much You love me. I know that I have sinned against You and broken your commandments. I’m truly sorry. I ask you, Lord Jesus, to forgive me for all my sins. Cleanse my heart and make all things new. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross to pay for my sins. I believe that you were buried and on the third day, you rose again from the grave. Today I invite you into my heart and receive you as Lord and Savior. Amen.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)