Do you want to have a life changing relationship with God?
At Southcliff, we talk a lot about having a "Thriving" relationship with God. Yet, we know that the life of a Christ-follower is more than just doing the right things. Before we can experience a life that thrives, we must enter into a relationship with God--a relationship that changes our lives. As Jesus said in John 15:5...
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
In other words, it takes more than our sheer efforts to experience the life that God has planned for us. Fortunately, it is God's desire that you experience the new life that is brought about when you place your faith in Jesus.
..He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
-2 Peter 3:9
How can you have this new life?
Take a look at this simple explanation of God’s plan for us based on scripture...
Confess Your Sins
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
- 1 John 1:9
God created you for a purpose. “Sin" means "missing the mark" and keeps us from God's purpose for our lives. When we deceive others, when we are a slave to our desires, when we are obsessed with material things—these things separate us from God.
Before we can enter into a healthy relationship with God, we must deal with the problem of sin. What God expects of us is repentance. When we repent, we turn from our sins with a desire to live a godly life. We agree with God that sin is a debt to a holy God and that we need his mercy.
Have Faith in Jesus
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
- Romans 3:22
There are many religions in this world. Most of them offer a brighter future to their followers if they obey their rules and follow their practices. Jesus did not come to establish a religion—God had bigger plans.
Jesus was God’s unique Son. He lived a perfect life, and then died as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus took our death penalty in our place. When Jesus rose from the dead, he demonstrated that he had the power to give us eternal life. By placing our faith in the person of Jesus, rather than a religion, we can be forgiven our sins.
Accept God’s Forgiveness
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
- Ephesians 2:8
There are some people who have read the Bible and understand that Jesus died for our sins—yet they have not personally accepted God’s gift of forgiveness. Salvation does not come by doing things for God. It is a free gift to us, made available to us when we repent of our sins and place our faith in Jesus Christ as our only means of salvation.
New way of Living
He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
- 2 Corinthians 5:15
When you give your life to Jesus, your priorities change. Instead of focusing on your own needs, you begin to make decisions based on what God would have you do. God’s word and his Holy Spirit guide you to a lifestyle that gives glory to Jesus.
Go tell others
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
– Matthew 28:18-20
It is often said that faith is a “private matter.” Actually, Jesus told his followers the opposite—faith is actually a public matter. Not only that, God wants us to actively seek out those who need to know the love of Jesus. Our task is to cross geographical and cultural boundaries in order to tell as many people as we can this “good news.” Not only that, but we are challenged to invest in the lives of those who respond to this message.
I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
- 1 John 5:13
Scripture tell us that this “Life Change” is not only connected to our earthly lives. Those who belong to Jesus will spend eternity in Heaven with him. Heaven is not a reward for good works. It is simply the home to those who belong to the eternal God.
What about you? Have you ever placed your faith in Jesus and experienced this “Life Change?”
If not, you can become a follower of Christ today. Spend some time in prayer to God. Confess your sins to him. Tell God that you believe that Jesus died for your sins and then was brought back to life. Ask him to forgive you. Accept that forgiveness and commit to living for God publically and passionately.
At Southcliff, we want to help you with your journey. If you are a new believer in Christ, we want to know that. We want to help you as you begin this new life. If you still have questions, we would love to help you find answers.
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