How to Begin

Do any of the following describe you?

  • You believe in God, but you do not have a “relationship” with him.
  • You go (or have gone) to church, but do not really understand or     relate to what is said during service.
  • You consider yourself spiritual, but do not believe the Bible is
        word of God.
  • You have heard the terms “saved” and “born-again” but are not     really sure what they mean.
  • You have been around Christians who seem to have a sense of    “peace” about them, but you cannot really determine why or how.
  • You are sick-and-tired of being sick-and-tired.
  • The sense of peace and understanding you are seeking in your life can only be found by allowing Jesus Christ to be the leader of your life.

    Born Again……

    The basis for the term “born again” is found in John 3. This chapter in the Bible depicts a conversation between Jesus and a man named Nicodemus. During their conversation, Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus did not understand what Jesus meant, so he asked: “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again.”

    Saved……

    The reference to being “saved” can be traced to Acts 2. In Acts 2:38-40, Peter said to the Apostles and others gathered, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Acts 2:47 adds, “…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

    Becoming “saved / born-again”……establishing your relationship with God:

    Beginning your personal relationship with the Lord, is a simple (but important) process:

    1. Recognize that you are a sinner.

    First, you must admit your spiritual need: “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). We can’t make excuses or blame others and our circumstances for our actions. “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

    2. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.

    “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” (I Peter 3:18). Jesus paid the price for your sin. The Apostle Paul said, “…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

    3. Repent of your sins.

    The word “repent” means “to change your direction.” The Bible tells us, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). God commands us to repent. You must be willing to turn away from the things that displease God.

    4. Accept Jesus as your Savior.

    Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). It is essential that you come to Jesus as you are. Don’t try to “clean up your life” before you come to God. Instead, receive Him and allow Him to do the “cleansing.” Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).

    Completing step #4, and starting your personal relationship with the Lord, entails you praying a prayer similar to the following:

    • Father, today I open my heart, and I invite You inside.

    • Please God, forgive me of my sins and change my life.

    • For Christ’s sake, and for God’s Glory, In Jesus name. Amen.

    If you sincerely prayed this prayer, and have decided you will put the Lord Jesus Christ as the head of your life – you are saved and born again.

    Now the process begins. It will not be easy. Being saved and living a God-filled life does not mean you will now have an easy life. However, it does mean you are no longer doing life alone. You have a loving, caring Father in you and with you. Put your cares, worries, and desires with him – and see the many wonders you will begin to witness.