Step 1 - God so loved the world
Does God love me? The answer is in the Bible, God’s Word:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” — Jeremiah 31:3
God loves you, and He loves you with a love that you don’t know anything about, because there is no human love comparable to divine love. God loves you. He wants to forgive you. He wants to have fellowship with you.
“God is love.” — 1 John 4:16
It doesn’t make any difference how far you try to run from God. He loves you. His eye is on you. He sees you. God loves you, and the Bible says that God sent His Son from heaven to this earth for you. Jesus Christ came to this earth to take your sins upon a cross. God has a plan for your life.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’”
— Jeremiah 29:11
God created us in His image, and you are important to God.
“Indeed the very hairs of your head are numbered.” — Luke 12:7
Step 2 - That He gave His only Son
Who is Jesus? What does His life, death and resurrection mean for me?
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” — John 14:6
Many go through life unfulfilled, unfocused, searching − a blank canvas waiting for a picture of purpose to be painted for us. What does it all mean?
Step 3 - That whoever believes in Him
Can God really change my life?
No matter who you are or how you’ve lived your life, God will receive you into His family. He will change you and make you complete. Trust Him as millions of others have done and experience His mercy for yourself.
“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
— Jeremiah 32:27
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.” — Revelation 3:20
“The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, … and you will be changed into a different person.” — 1 Samuel 10:6
God loves you and has a plan for your life.
Step 4 - Should not perish
What do I have to do to go to heaven?
God isn’t waiting to judge you. God isn’t waiting to condemn you. He’s waiting to receive you with mercy, with love, with open arms, and forgive all your sins. Will you come to Him? Will you turn from your sin and promise to live for Him?
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” — Romans 10:9
“To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” — John 1:12
“He asked, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.’” — Acts 16:30, 31
Step 5 - But have eternal life
God knows who you are, He loves you, and He wants you to know and love Him.
How do you do that?
You must first admit that, like everyone else, you are a sinner. Being sinners means that we are imperfect and do wrong; we fall short of God’s perfect standard. It also means we are separated from Him and deserve His judgment.
But He loves us! God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. He died for your sins. He was punished so you don’t have to be. Not only that; death did not defeat Him. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead, alive again!
Trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice for you is the only way to find forgiveness from God and to begin a relationship with Him. We urge you to take this step of faith today. To do that, simply talk to God – this is called praying – and tell Him you believe in His Son.
We suggest a prayer like this:
“Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do Your will.
In Jesus name, Amen.”
If you just prayed and asked Jesus to be Lord of your life, then we invite you to share your decision with our church. Christ celebrates those who have become His followers and we celebrate those decisions too!