The moment that we are born, we have a tendency to sin. You see, we don’t have to be taught to sin; we inherit the disease of sin. God said that the whole world is guilty of sin (Romans 3:23). All have broken the moral law. “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one’” (Romans 3:10). God will not tolerate sin. He condemns it and demands payment for it. God could not remain a righteous God and compromise with sin. His holiness and His justice demand the death penalty. In other words, we will suffer judgment unless we repent. The word repentance means change—to change our minds, to change our way of living. But we can’t do that on our own. Only God can help us. (Shared from the late great Bill Graham, visit here for more from him).
The Good News
The GOOD NEWS is that God sent His Only son Jesus to take the punishment for our sin and make the way for us to have a relationship with God (John 3:16). The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the Only way for us to come into a relationship with God (John 14:6). Jesus willingly went to His death on a Roman cross and died for our sins (Romans 3:24-25). When we believe that Jesus is God and that He gave His life for us, and when we surrender our lives to Him we are saved from our sin and we begin a relationship with Him (Romans 10:9).
What's the next steps?
If you've never prayed before, know that prayer is simply talking to God. He will hear you. Here’s an idea of a prayer you could say:
God, I admit I’ve gone my own direction and tried to do things my way instead of Yours. Because of my sin, I haven’t been able to have a real relationship with You. Please forgive me of my sin. I’m tired of living without You. I believe You sent Your only Son, Jesus, to die as a payment for my sin and to bridge the gap between us. I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and, in doing so, conquered death forever. I confess there is no way to Heaven but through Your Son. Please take over in my life and help me follow You in every way. Amen!
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Also, here are some resources that might help as you begin your new journey of faith:
1. Read the Bible, beginning with the Gospel of John in the New Testament. We will send you a Bible from WBGL here.
2. Crazy Love, by Francis Chan – Help with beginning to understand the amazing LOVE God has for you.
3. New Believer's Guide to Effective Christian Living, by Greg Laurie – A guide to what’s next.
4. The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel – Reasons why we can believe the Bible is true.
Faith in Jesus isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. It’s a lifelong journey, and you’ll need a little help along the way. We all do. Finding a good church that teaches the Bible will be important. We encourage you to pray for and look for Christian friends that you can talk and pray with on a regular basis. It might take a while to find the right church, but it will be so worth the effort!