Salvation

John316How To Know God

I’m so glad you came to this section of our Web site!  Perhaps it was only curiosity that brought you here or possibly a genuine desire to really know the God who both made you and loves you.  I hope as you check out these truths, your life will change forever.

If you want to know the truth about God, really know the truth, you are a “seeker.”  That’s a great thing, because according to Jesus, seekers find what they’re looking for.

Seekers come in all shapes and sizes.  They have a variety of backgrounds.  Some don’t believe in God; others do believe in God, but aren’t sure how to connect with Him.  What all seekers have in common is the fact that they’ve stopped pretending they have it all together.  They’re open to the possibility God may exist, and more importantly, that He may want a place in their lives. They recognize they don’t know, but they want to know.

  • If you’re a seeker, how do you go about this all-important task of pursuing God and His truth?

A spiritual seeker may think the proper order of inquiry is to first decide if there is a God (a philosophical question) and then figure out who Jesus is (a historical question).  But another and possibly even more exciting way would be the reverse order.  Many seekers discover that when they deal with the person of Jesus, they find answers to many of their other questions at the same time.

  • Is there a God?

Yes, and He came to earth in human form in the person of Jesus Christ.  The Bible says in a book written by one of Jesus’ closest followers (John) chapter 16, verse 28, “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

  • Does God love me?

Yes! Look at what He did to show that love: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John chapter 3, verses 16, 17)

  • What religion is the right one?

Reconsider that question in the light of the fact that God wants a relationship with you, not your religious affiliation. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”  (Galatians chapter 3, vs. 26)

  • What do I have to do to live forever?

Accept Jesus as your forgiver and your God. See John chapter 6, verse 40: “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise Him up on the last day.”

  • How can I experience meaning and purpose in life?

By following Jesus and by cultivating your relationships with God and with other people.  Matthew (another close follower of Jesus) wrote for us in chapter 22, verses 37-39 says: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

According to the Bible, until a seeker comes to terms with Jesus, he or she hasn’t dealt with the issue that’s essential in starting a relationship with God.

Are you ready to come to God?  If so, then check this out:

THERE ARE THREE ESSENTIALS IN BEGINNING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: IT IS AS SIMPLE AS ABC.

1.  ADMIT YOUR NEED FOR GOD?S FORGIVENESS. We all have a big problem. We are all
sinners?though people don’t always like that title. The Bible says, “But there is a problem?
your sins have cut you off from God …” (Isaiah 59:2). To sin means “to miss the mark.”
What is God’s mark? Jesus said, “Be perfect as My Father in heaven is perfect.” Unless a
person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. The Bible says, “All have
sinned and fall short of God’s perfect standard.” (Romans 3:23)

What is the result of sin? The Bible says, “When people sin, they earn what sin pays?death.
But God gives us a free gift?life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
Every one of us has missed God’s mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are
getting only what we deserve. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone
to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His forgiveness.

2.  BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST.  Since we can never measure up to God’s standards on our own, God has reached out to us. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God who is perfect, can and has. He has become a bridge for us. Jesus stated, “God loved the world this way: He gave his only unique Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.” The Bible also says, “But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.”

If a person acknowledges that he or she is a sinner and accepts God’s promise that Christ is the only one who can forgive their wrongs, that person has a choice to make. The choice is either reject God’s solution and assume the consequences, or acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Savior and have eternal life, forgiveness and heaven. What must a person do to accept this gift? Simply receive it! “However, to all who received him, to those believing in his name, he gave authority to become God?s children.” (John 1:12)  When we place our full trust in the forgiveness God gives us through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God becomes our Father and we become His children.

3.       COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST!ACT ON GOD’S INVITATION. We must come to Him. All that remains is a faith response. “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will have eternal life.”  (Romans 10:9)  Ask Christ into your life/heart today.  Confess that you want Christ in your life and then commit to Him.
The Bible says, “All of you are God’s children because of your faith in Christ Jesus.”  If you
would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, pray a prayer something like
this with all of your heart…

Dear Lord Jesus, I admit that I’ve done some wrong things in my life that I’m not proud of. And I
understand that I have offended You and am a sinner. But, I believe you died for my sins. I also
believe that you rose again from the dead, proving that you were who you said you were, God!
Right now, I ask you to forgive me for all of my wrongs, all of my sins. I open the door of my
heart and life to you, and to the life you give. Right now, I receive you by faith as my personal
God and Savior. Thank you for rescuing me from an eternal existence without you. Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but he has forgiven you of all your sin. God promises, “He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west.” (Psalms 103:12)

If you prayed this prayer and meant it one of our pastors would really like to talk to you.  If you live in the North Texas/North Forth Worth area come and worship with us and let one of our Pastors pray with you.  This is the greatest decision that you could have made and we as a church stand beside you now as your new spiritual family.

Your decision to receive Christ also means that you are now going to Heaven one day. That’s a lot to be thankful for! You need to take some practical steps to grow strong spiritually:

[1] Start with the book of Luke in the New Testament and read the Bible each day for at least 10-15 minutes.

[2] Talk to God like you would a good friend?whenever you want! This is called “prayer.”

[3] Begin consistently attending a church that believes the Bible and helps you to grow up in God.  Life Community Church invites you to join us if you live in the North Fort Worth/ North Texas area.  Please drop by and see us.