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What does it take to begin a personal relationship with God? The following outline will explain how you can get started right now, through Jesus Christ. Just as you don’t have to clean up before you take a bath, you don’t have to have all this stuff figured out before visiting OOTBWC. When we say everyone is welcome, we mean it. No matter what your spiritual background or past, we’ll all grow together.

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Principle 1:

God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

God’s love
“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.” John 3:16

God’s plan
“I came that they may have life, and might have it abundantly” John 10:10

God’s peace
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

God wants you to experience peace and abundance. Why don’t most people have this?

Principle 2:

All of us sin and our sin has separated us from God.

God did not make us robots to automatically love and obey him. He gave us a will and a freedom of choice. When we choose to disobey God [through sin], this results in separation from God.

We are sinful
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

We are separated
“your iniquities have separated you from God; your sinds have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” Isaiah 59:2

“The wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God.] Romans 6:23

We were created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. People have tried many ways to bridge the gap between themselves and God..

“There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

God is holy and people are sinful. A great gulf separates us. We are continually trying to reach God through our own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy or religion — but we inevitably fail.

Principle 3

Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. Even though we did not deserve it, He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people. Through Him we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our life.

He died in our place
“God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18

He rose from the dead
“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve [disciples]. After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

He is the Only Way to God
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.” 1 Timothy 2:5

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:16

God bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending his son, Jesus Chris, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

God provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.

Principle 4

Our Response. We trust Jesus Christ and individually receive Him as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s abundance.

We receive Christ through faith
“By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not the result of works, that no one should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9

“Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins. To understand intellectually that Jesus Christ is the son of God is not enough, nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, an intentional act.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12

When we receive Christ, we experience a new birth

We don’t become perfect so that we can be saved, God makes us perfect through salvation.

“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

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer

Prayer is talking to God. It doesn’t have to be formal and fancied with an impressive vocabulary. God knows your heart so he knows your intentions. If you admit you are a sinner and are willing to turn from your sins through faith in Jesus Christ, and if this prayer is the desire of your heart then you can pray right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

There is no required outline for this prayer – it’s between you and God. Here’s a suggestion:
“God, I need you. Thank you for sending your son to die on the cross for me. I know I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. I want to turn from my sins. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. Take control of my life. Make me the person You want me to be.” 

If you prayed this prayer and believe in  your heart, the Bible says:

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can bost.” Ephesians 2:8,9

What next?

This is just the beginning of a wonderful life with Christ.

Just like every relationship takes work and communication, to deepen this relationship you should:
1 – Read your Bible to know Christ better
2 – Talk to God in prayer every day
3 – Talk to others about Christ
4 – Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians. Demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.

Have you made a decision? Let us know about it! Fill out the form on the contact page, or get in touch with our pastor through email, ronnie24317@yahoo.com, Facebook or tweet him. We invite you to come worship with us at 10:0am or 11:15am any Sunday.

As always, let us know if you have any questions along the way. No matter what point in your spiritual life, we’re all here to grow together.

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