So my blog is my journey through life, faith, and nursing. But what is my faith really about? Christians kind of have their own language, a “Christanese” so to say. The Gospel. Good News. Salvation. Redemption. Saved. But what really does all of that mean? And how could you enter into the Christian faith? The following four points are the basics…
- God loves you and created you to know him personally. He has a wonderful plan for your life.
- God’s Love
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” –John 3:16
- God’s Plan
“Now this is eternal life; that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” –John 17:3
2. People are sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know him personally or experience His love and plan.
- People are Sinful
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” –Romans 3:23People 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. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference is evidence of what the bible calls sin.
- People are Separated
“For the wages of sin is death.” [spiritual separation from God] –Romans 6:23
3. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin. Through him alone we can know God personally and experience God’s love and plan.
- He Died in Our Place
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8
- He Rose from the Dead
“…Christ died for our sins…He was buried, He was raised on the third day according to scriptures…He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred…” –1 Corinthians 15: 3-6
- He is the Only Way to God
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.” –John 14:6
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love and plan.
- We Must Receive Christ
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” –John 1:12
- We Receive Christ Through Faith
“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
- We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] “Behold, I stand at the door and know; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him.” –Revelation 3:20Receiving Christ involves turning to God from ourselves (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives and forgive us our sins and to make us who he wants to be.
You can receive Christ right now through prayer (Prayer is simply talking to God) –God knows your heart and is not so concerned with the word as the attitude of your heart.
Here is a suggested prayer if you desire to start following Jesus…
“Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.”
If you are serious about following Jesus I recommend you start by reading the word daily and praying to Him, finding other people who believe who can be a support to you, and finding a church to become involved in so you can grow in serving the Lord.
If these words have touched you I would LOVE to hear from you. If these words didn’t make sense, or you are not a believer and may even disagree, totally feel free to ask me any questions. (Head to the contact page to shoot me a quick email, I’m not going to spam you, but would love to simply hear your thoughts and our story).
Disclaimer: Being a Christian does not make me perfect, or even close to that (and I would never want to be–I’ve had a lot of hard lessons that have helped by grow and be able to relate to others). I am simply trying to live this life to the fullest and think Jesus brings the most abundant life.
[These four points are from a booklet that really touched my life in college called “How to Know God Personally” created for Cru by Bill Bright]