The Gospel: Our Primary Focus

The gospel is great news to all mankind!   Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God provided salvation to all mankind.  We now can have a relationship with God through Jesus.  We now are offered the gift of eternal life through Jesus.  God will restore all things.  Many things are unjust and have gone horribly wrong in our world from close to the very beginning.  God through his Son, Jesus, will eventually correct all these things!   How exciting is the Gospel and our future in Christ!   The Gospel should always be the primary focus and driving force of all Christian ministry.

How do I go to Heaven or have a relationship with God?   Meeting Jesus Personally:

Jesus Christ conquered death when he rose from the grave.   The Word of God, the Bible, is full of truth and knowledge of God.   Jesus wants you to meet him personally.  We can turn to the Bible to see clearly how we can put our faith in Jesus.

Consider these important Bible truths:

God loves you and wants a relationship with you – God loves you and created you to have a personal relationship with Him.   He wants this relationship to continue eternally with him in heaven.  (John 3:16Ephesians 2:4-5)

Sin has separated you from God -In the Bible, “sin” is defined as choosing our will over the will of God.  We have all broken God’s commandments.   Everyone has been selfish, sinning against God and the people that surround them in life.   We have each made the “sin” mistake (Romans 3:23).  Our entire race has been born into this mistake.  Our sins have separated us from a holy God, and because of our sin He can’t allow us into his perfect kingdom.  Instead of being united with God, we are destined to spend eternity separated from God in hell.  God made provision to “save” mankind from this fate.

No One on Earth is Good – Many people believe that man is inherently good.  Other times people believe that they themselves are good at least compared to other people.   They believe that they are not as “bad’ as others – maybe not even bad at all.  Jesus taught quite the opposite even when someone came to Jesus to calling Jesus himself a “good” man:

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that is, God.   Luke 18:19 

Nobody is going to be good enough to escape the evil and defilement that encompassed this fallen world..  In fact, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven without being “born again” by the Spirit of God.  This entails a rebirth that has nothing to do with the physical attributes of this world.  You can only be born again through the Holy Spirit, made available by faith in Jesus. Without this spiritual rebirth, you can never enter the kingdom of God:

That which is born of flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:6-7 

Jesus paid our debt of sin on the cross – We can be born again through faith in Jesus.  Jesus paid the debt for humanity’s sins on the cross.  Because Jesus was sinless, he could pay the price for our sin through his death.  God will forgive us of our sins and allow us to enter the kingdom of heaven only through faith in his Son, Jesus. (Romans 5:82 Corinthians 5:211 Peter 2:24)

Receive this Gift – Jesus died to save mankind from a horrible fate.  However, each of us must individually receive this gift of salvation through faith (believing, trusting in Jesus).

Do you believe?  You may believe but are wondering how you can make this decision in your heart and express this faith.  There is no single “prayer” that will make you a Christian, salvation through Jesus is through faith.  However, the prayer below can guide you: just express your belief from your heart.   Call on the Lord from your heart.  Pray in your heart.  Confess to the Lord and others that you now believe!

God,

I believe Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins.  Thank you for letting Jesus conquer death when he rose again!  I know that I cannot make things right on my own: I admit that I am a sinner and I need you.  Lord, please save me and let me be born again!  I ask you to forgive my sins. I turn from them now to and put my faith in Jesus instead.  I now invite Jesus to be my Savior.  Help me live for Jesus during my life.  Thank you for forgiving me and giving me eternal life.  I pray this in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

If you prayed something like the above from your heart, then Jesus heard you and will keep his promise to save you.  The Holy Spirit will teach you. Read the Bible and assemble with Bible-believing Christians at church or any other opportunity you can find.  May God lead you into all truth and bless you with new life in Him!

If you have any questions about how to meet Jesus or want someone to pray with you, contact our ministry through the contact information on the website.