Those who have ears, let them hear!
Jesus is calling you into His kingdom right now, right here on earth. He came into the world to save the world, to forgive your sin, and to give His own life to redeem you from the power of death. He made these promises to those who believe in Him, that He is the Son of God:
- He promised to cleanse you from your sin and to make you a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- He promised that His Spirit would come, live within you, and help you to abide in Him. (John 14:26)
- He promised to give you a joy and a "peace that passes all understanding." (Philippians 4:7)
- He promised you would have eternal life with Him. (1 John 2:25)
In this crazy world, there is a crazy kind of joy that rises above whatever our circumstances may be! There is nothing you can do to earn it, it is freely yours if you just accept it.
If you have not experienced this gift of grace from God, earnestly pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I admit that I’ve fallen short. I’ve sinned and need your
forgiveness. I believe that You lived, died and rose again so that I could be
connected to God. I confess you as my Lord and commit my life to You. I give
you my past, present and future. Take my life and use it. I give it to You.
If you have prayed this prayer, there are some important next steps you can take: 1) Join a group of Christians who can nurture your newfound faith. 2) Read your Bible! Start with the gospel of John or the book or Romans. 3) Tell the pastor that you have just committed your life to Christ and ask him what you can do next. 4) Pray! Confess your sins to God and ask for the Holy Spirit to help you live as a new creation in Christ. 5) Look for God at work in the world around you, through His church especially, and experience His ways of doing miraculous work in people's lives.