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Why God Created People

For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE  -

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

GOD MADE US FOR THREE REASONS:1. To Glorify God:  God being all-good, all-loving, all-powerful. all-knowing, and all-perfect derserves our respect and worship: You are a choosen people...a people belonging to God so that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. -1 peter 2:92. To Know God: God wants a relationship with each one of us.  He asks that we call Him 'Father' not 'Life force' or 'First cause': I have made you known to them, and will continue to amke you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.  John 17:263. To Have a Satisfying Life: Without God, life is shallow, disjointed and purposeless.  God has planned for us to know the joy, love, adventure and fruitfulness that He Himself has: The theif comes only to steal and kill and destory: I have some that they may have life, and have it to the full! John 10:10

Questions to ask yourself:
How important is it to you to glorify God with your life?
How close is your relationship with God?
How satisfied are you with your life as it is now?   

Man is cut off from God
​God is perfect, holy, faultless.  
Scripture tell us God's "eyes are too pure to look on evil" (Habakkuk 1:13) and that He lives in "unapproachable light" (Timothy 6:16) and "in Him is no darkness at all" (1John 1:15). Light and darkness, good and evil, like oil and water, cannot mix.  That is where our trouble begins.1. Everyone has rebelled against God: They wanted to make their own decisions, live life their own way.  That is what sin in: mutiny against God's plan for our lives.  It's thinking we know better than God.  And even when we have tried to do things God's way, we can't measure up: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:232. Sin means being cut off from God: A branch served from the tree slowly withers.  Being cut off from God by sin we gradually deterorate.  Age, illness, broken relationship, hollow hearts are all symptoms of the root cause of separation from God: The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)

Questions to ask yourself:
Do you acknowledge yourself as a sinner?
Do you believe that the wages of your sin is death?  

Pay for Our Sins with His Son

1. God Continues to LOVE us: like a loving Father with a disobedient child, God longs for reconciliation. And God makes the first move.  John wrote: 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 (John 3:16)..but, remeber the wages of our sin is death.  God, being perfectly just, could not allow our sin to go unpunished.  Somebody had to pay.
​2. Jesus came to earth to put things right: Because Jesus was human He could relate to our sinful nature, though He was sinless Himself.  Because he was God, he was 'big' enough to pay the price of our sin: God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that through Him we might becomes the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21) God placed His stamp of approval on Jesus by resurrecting Him from the dead.  Jesus is now in heaven at the Fahter's side.  His work is done.  He has bridged the gap between God and man by suffering our punishment and clearing us of all charges.  Our debts are canceled' our conviction is over turned.  The Judge, after passing the verdict that we are guilty, comes down from His chair and serves our sentence as well!  God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

Questions to ask yourself:
How important is Jesus to you?
Do you believe Jesus was God in the flesh?
What does Jesus' death and resurrection mean to you? 

​Give our Lives to God's Son

God's forgiveness is not automatic or mechanical.  We must personally take steps to receive it.  A gift is not yours until you accpet and open the package.  To receive Jesus' death as our own, we must do the following-
​1. RECEIVE Jesus and his forgiveness as a free gift:  You don't pay half with God paying the other half.  There is no matching funds programs with God.  We don't have to become 'pretty good' before we can be saved.  The prophet Isaiah sets this straight: All our righteous acts are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).  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 boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)
2. CONFESS what you believe about Christ: If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is LORD,' and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9-10). 
3. Be willing to REPENT: to repent means to change your mind about how to live this life.  We must decide to live God's way.  Repent, then, and turn to God that your sins may be wiped out (Acts 3:19).

Questions to ask yourself:
Can you accept God's love, forgiveness and heaven as a free gift to you?
​Have you decided to turn away from your sin?
Have you confessed Christ publicly?

A personal prayer to begin a realationship with Jesus Christ
Father, thank you for the free gift of eternal life.  
I know I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.  
I am sorry for my past sins, and I ask You to forgive me.  
​Jesus, I believe You died on the cross for my sins and arose from the dead.
I now open the door of my heart and invite You to come into my life.  
I realize there is nothing I can do to earn my salvaltion, and I place my complete trust in You alone for eternal life.  
I choose to follow You as my Lord.  
Please make me the person You want me to be.  

God's Purpose for Us Restored

​1. If we have sincerely followed the steps, we can be sure we are saved. God no longer holds our sin against us.  He has prepared a place for us in heaven.  We will live with Him for eternity.  Because of this certainty, we can praise God as He designed us to do.
2. God's Spirit, His invisible power and influence, now lives in us. Though God is in heaven, He now resides in our hearts as well.  We don't have to go though someone else to talk with him.  He is always with us.  We can know God personally.  You will receieve the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) 
​3. Some people think, 'Now that I am a Christin, I just have to be good!'  But just as we could not please God by our own efforts before we became a believer, we cannot do so now. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10)  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).God gives us the strength to do what we could never do on our own.  He makes us more loving, generous, joyful and faithful.  In this way we have a truly fulfilling, peaceful, satisfying life.  God will begin to do amazing things in and through us.  The adventure is just beginning! 

Questions for you to think about:
Are you sure you are saved?
​Are you confident God's Spirit resides in you?
​Do you believe you and your heart are in God's hands?

How Do I Become a Christian?

How Do I Become a Christian?
That 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.  For it is with you heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.