Cheatham Hill Baptist Church
Monday, June 26, 2017
Love Them to Jesus
Personal Salvation
 
Jesus bridges the gap.
 
Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10.


Have you discovered the joy and peace of personally accepting Jesus’ invitation to life? Perhaps you have believed in the existence of God and His Son and have tried to live a good life, but have never consciously invited Him to be your Savior and Lord. No matter who you are or what you have done, at this very moment, you too can make the decision of a lifetime. Right now Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. He offers you the same wonderful life which millions through the centuries have received with life-changing results. He has already paid the penalty for your sin. He is asking you, in the quiet of your heart, to put your trust in Him. Here are four spiritual points that will help you discover how to know God personally and experience the full life He promises.

 

 

1. God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you.

God’s Love: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3............ God wants you to know Him.

Why is it that most people do not have a personal relationship with God? Because:

 

 

2. Our sin cuts us off from God so we cannot have a personal relationship with Him and experience His love.

We have all sinned....."For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.

We were all created to have a personal relationship with God, because we all choose to go our own independent way, our relationship with God was broken. The fact that we are selfish and self-centered is obvious because we either rebel against God or don’t really care about Him. This is evidence of what the Bible calls “sin.” We are cut off from God. “For the wages of sin is death; [spiritual separation from God] but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."Romans 6:23.

God is holy (pure and sinless) and we are sinful. A great gap cuts us off from God because He cannot tolerate sin. People often try to find a full and meaningful life through their own efforts. They try to live a good life or be religious. But the Bible clearly teaches that there is only one way to bridge this gap.

 

 

3. Jesus Christ is God’s only cure for our sin. Through Him you can know God personally and experience His love.

Jesus died in our place. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. " Romans 5:8.  "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. " 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

 Jesus is the only way to God.  "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. " John 14:6

. God has done the work to bridge the gap which cuts us off from Him. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sin. But it is not enough just to know these truths. We must take the next step . . . and “cross the bridge.”

 

 

4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love.

We must receive Christ. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" John 1:12

 We receive Christ and ask Him to come into our heart and lives by personal invitation. Thus, receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins so that we can begin our personal relationship with Him. Just to know in your mind that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will. Would you like to accept Jesus’ invitation to life? You can receive Jesus Christ right now by faith through prayer. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. " 1 John 1:9
 

Millions of people all around the world have already found new life in Christ......now how about you?

 

Pray And Receive Christ As Your Savior
"Lord, I know that I am a sinner and without you I am on my way to hell. If I died today, I would not go to heaven. Forgive me of all my sin, please come into my heart and change my life. I want YOU to be my Savior. Please help me to follow YOU and not this world. In Jesus Name I pray.....Amen and Amen."

 

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