How To Begin A Personal
1. God Loves You
God loves everyone and he desires us to have eternal life. John 3:16 says, "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." And, John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
2. You Are A Sinner In Need Of Forgiveness
You have sinned by choosing to go your own way instead of God's way. Through His Holy Spirit, God wants you to know that you are separated from God and will face His judgment. Romans 3:23 says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." And, Hebrews 9:27 says, "Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment."
3. God Wants To Forgive You
God demonstrated His love for you by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus took your judgment and made it possible for you to be forgiven. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." And 1 Pet 3:18 says, "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit."
4. You Must Turn Away From Your Sins
You cannot save yourself or earn God's forgiveness as a result of being good enough. Just as you change directions when you realize you're walking the wrong way, you must repent, or turn away, from you sins. Luke 13:5 says, "I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish." And, Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast."
5. You Must Place Your Faith In God's Son, Jesus Christ
When you realize you are walking in the wrong direction, you turn to find the right way. Jesus is the right way. As you turn away from your sins, place your faith in Jesus to receive forgiveness and eternal life. Acts 20:21 says, "I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus." And, John 14:6 says, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
6. You Receive Jesus Christ Through Prayer
Because Jesus is alive, He stands ready to come into your life. Revelations 3:20 says, "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."
7. Through prayer you can:
to God that you are a sinner and that you are turning away from you sins;
After you have prayed this prayer, try to find a local church where you can worship and learn more about Jesus. Also, commit to a daily quiet time, reading your Bible and praying. Also, call 1-888-NEED-HIM to talk to someone about your decision or if you have more questions.
Material printed with permission from "Youth in Discovery", Youth Life and Work Series - published by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Scripture passages taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.
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