GET TO KNOW JESUS
Know Jesus in a Personal Way
Knowing Jesus is more than going to church. It’s knowing a person! Jesus is the only relationship and focal point that will provide true fulfillment in life. This is because He is our only bridge to God, and without God, we have no hope.
We are born without hope because the Bible says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23). No matter how good we try to be, we can never measure up to the perfect standard of God who does not endorse sin of any kind. Therefore, we were destined to be judged guilty and eternally separated from God (eternal death). Again, the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The good news is that Jesus made a way for us to be saved. He accomplished this 2,000 years ago when He was born in a humble manger, lived a sinless life, and then died a sinner’s death on the cross in our place. His innocent shed blood washed us clean in God’s eyes. Jesus was resurrected so that now, through faith, we can also be resurrected to a new life and therefore become a whole new creation! (See 2 Corinthians 5:17.)
To put your trust in Jesus, simply ask Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your heart. Give your entire life into His care! Are you ready to know Jesus in a personal way and accept Him as Savior? Then pray this prayer of faith:
I know You died for my sins. I believe it with all my heart and today I put my trust in You. Forgive my sins, wash me clean in Your precious blood. I give my life to You. I give You my dreams, my hopes, failures, and pain. I place my life into Your hands. Make me a brand-new person as You have promised, and in return I promise to follow You with my whole heart.
In Your Name I pray, amen.
Now that you have prayed to know Jesus personally, the Bible teaches the next step in our walk with God is called water baptism. Water baptism is a biblical ordinance given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. The word “baptism” comes from the Greek word BAPTIZO which means to plunge into or submerge. It’s an action that means to be totally submersed in water.
Baptism isn’t what saves us, but rather it’s an outward expression showing that our old life has been buried with Christ as we are submersed in the water. As we come up from the water, we show that we are raised with Him into a new life. Baptism expresses outwardly what we have received within and is therefore a defining moment in our faith.
YOUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
Once you have come to know Jesus personally, there is a growth and development process for your relationship with God to flourish. While God already knows you, it’s important that you learn about Him in a deeper way. There are four main ingredients that will make your relationship with God successful. They are like a “four-legged” table that will provide firm and stable support.
Prayer doesn’t have to be complicated. While the Bible teaches many principles on prayer, prayer simply begins with a conversation. Begin by talking to God like you would a friend and do so each day. From there, make time to learn from those who pray, learn what the Bible says on prayer and eventually you will have a good prayer foundation.
Read the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. God will not only communicate to you as you read the Bible, but you will also learn truths that will teach you about God’s character, His ways and His heart. Don’t know where to begin? Begin in the New Testament or in one of the four Gospels (the first four books of the New Testament).
Get Involved In a Good Church
A good church is one that teaches the truths of the Bible. Getting involved is not just attending, but it also includes connecting through the ministry avenues of the church. It also includes serving and volunteering to help the church reach the community. Involvement gives you a greater sense of purpose to help others know Jesus personally. Learn more about joining LOH.
Develop Christian Friendships
Having Christian friendships is key to staying on track in your Christian journey. Isolation and lack of interaction with stable Christians is what pulls most people offtrack. If you are involved in church, work on developing friendships in church. You will be so glad you did! Join a Home Group.