God’s Purpose: Peace and Life God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life – abundant and eternal. The Bible says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have? The Problem: Our Separation God created us in His own image to have a full life. He did not make us like robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and freedom of choice. We choose to disobey God and go our own way. This results in separation from God. The Bible says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23), AND “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Our choice results in separation from God. Our Attempts to Reach God People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God. The Bible says, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2) No bridge reaches God…except one. God’s Bridge: The Cross Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) God has provided the only way… but each person must make a choice. Our Response: Receive Christ We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation. The Bible says, “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.” (Romans 10:9) Where are you? Will you receive Jesus Christ right now? Here is how you can receive Christ: Admit your need. (I am a sinner.) Be willing to turn from your sins (Repent.) Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.) How to pray: Dear Lord Jesus: I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow you as Lord and Savior. God’s Assurance: His Word If you prayed this prayer, the Bible says “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should: Read your Bible every day to know Christ better. Talk to God in prayer every day. Tell others about Christ. Worship, fellowship and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached. As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.