You were created to know God in a personal way—to have a relationship with Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

To personally know Jesus Christ, you must admit your spiritual need. We are all sinners and have fallen short. The definition of sin is the Greek word "harmatia" which means, "to miss the mark." What is God's mark? Jesus said, "Be perfect as My Father in heaven is perfect." Unless a person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. Romans 3:23 states "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

 

 

Since we can never measure up to God's standards on our own, God has reached out to man. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God, who is perfect, can and has. He has become a bridge for us. John 3:16-17 says "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.." In Romans 5:8 we read, "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

 

 

If a person acknowledges that he is a sinner, and he accepts the promise that Christ is the solution, he is at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God's solution and accept the consequences, or he must accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. What must a person do to accept this gift? Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28-30 states "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me...for My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

 

 

Jesus' invitation is clear. We must come to Him. All that remains is a response from you. In Romans 6:23 we read "...the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." What do we have to do to receive that gift? Take it! Revelation 3:20 states "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into our lives. John 1:12 states "For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God." If you would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, we want to give you that opportunity. Simply say the prayer below and mean it from your heart:

 

 

Dear Lord Jesus, Please forgive me for all my sins. I confess to you that I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but he has forgiven you of all your sin. The Bible tells us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9) God also promises, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalms 103:12) And since you just prayed that prayer the Bible says that you are a new creature, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have have passed away, behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

 

Your decision to receive Christ also means that you are now going to Heaven one day. That's a lot to be thankful for! You need to take some practical steps to grow strong spiritually: read the Bible, pray, and go to church.

 

 

We at Calvary Chapel Arrowhead would like to hear from you and send you some materials to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. You can write to us to request new believer materials (shipments within United States only) from us including a New Believer's Bible (New Testament). The Bible is the inspired word of God and it will help you grow in your new walk with Christ. We hope to hear from you and...CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME to God's family!

 

 

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