This opportunity will change your life---forever!
You might say 'Why do I need to accept Christ?'.
What does that mean?
What do I have to do?
Accepting Christ is inviting Him - Jesus - into your life, into your heart.
Jesus came for one reason. To save us from eternal death by dying for us - YOU and ME!
Why? Because we are sinners - which means we have all broken one or more of God's commandments.
But you might say:
- I am a good person. Why do I need Jesus?
- I go to church - isn't that enough?
- I am too bad to be saved.
- I can't possibly live like that.
- I just need to straighten some things out first.
- I'm too young, I'm too old.
You may think you are a 'good' person but...
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
...there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:12b
Going to church is not enough either.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
You are 'too bad' you say?
I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:13ba
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; 1 Timothy 1:15
Jesus did not come to save the 'good' people - He came to save sinners.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Too young? Too old? Life mixed-up right now?
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2b
Ok..now what? How can you accept Jesus Christ - to be forgiven, to have eternal life...?
- Acknowledge that we are all sinners and need forgiveness.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
- Admit your sins and repent - You must admit to God that you are a sinner and confess your sins to Him.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Not only do we need to confess our sins, we need to repent - meaning to turn away from them.
- Believe that Jesus is the son of the living God and that He died for your sins.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- Receive Jesus as Lord and surrender your life to Him.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Are you ready to take the most important step of your life?
If you are and you understand what you have read, then all you have to do is ask Him to save you.
Pray the prayer that follows or use your own words from your heart.
"Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and that I am separated from you.
I believe that you died for me on the cross
and rose again to give eternal life. I ask you to forgive me
of my sins and take total control of my life.
I invite you Jesus to live in my heart.
Thank You for saving me and making me your child.
In Jesus' Name, Amen."
Now that you have prayed the prayer, what's next?
Welcome to God's family!
The next step is to tell someone about your new faith
Find a local church to help
you grow in your faith, to worship, and for fellowship with other
believers. Spend time with God every day by
reading and studying the Bible, praying to God to help
you grow in your faith and trust in Him.
Remember that salvation is a gift and a way of life. God has given
us this plan because He loves us so much and
does not wish that we should perish-but live forever......