First Baptist Church of Grottoes
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Do You Know Jesus?

Have you ever had anyone ask if you want to go to heaven?  If so, then how do you think you are able to get there?
We all have a God-shaped hole in our lives.  We try to fill it with many things, but always come away unfulfilled.  God wants a personal relationship with us!  He wants us to be with him eternally, but we are born as sinners and are unable to be good enough or do anything well enough to earn entrance into his presence.  If that's so, then how do we receive the relationship that God wants us to have with Him?
  1. Admit that you're a sinner.  "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
  2. Understand the consequences of sin. "The wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23a
  3. Salvation is a free gift from God that is offered to you.  "But the gift of God is our eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23b
  4. Understand the price paid for you to receive the gift.  "God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!" Romans 5:8
  5. What must you do to receive the gift?  Call out to God in the name of Jesus Christ! "...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as your Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." Romans 10:9-10 and "Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13
  6. The next step is up to you!  Revelation 3:20 says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him...Jesus won't force you to accept Him, but He is ready to meet you right where you are.  You don't have to do anything but accept His gift.  All you must do is pray to Him and ask Him to save you.
The following is a prayer that you can pray.  I hope that you'll decide to accept Jesus as your savior and begin the wonderful new life he is offering you!
"Lord, I am a sinner.  I confess all of my sins to You and ask You to forgive me of those sins.  Give me a new record, a new heart, and a new life.  Come into my heart and be the Lord of my life.  I pray this in Jesus' name.  Amen!"
If you have considered this information and have chosen to pray this prayer in faith and accept Jesus as your savior then...Congratulations!  You are saved!
The first step in your walk with Christ is to find a vibrant Bible-believing Christian church in which you may grow, learn, and experience the awesome ministry God has planned for you.  Your second step is to be baptized.  Baptism doesn't save, but it is an outward symbol proclaiming to the world that you have been buried with Christ and have risen again with a new life.  (See Romans 6:4-10)
You are welcome at First Baptist Church of Grottoes!  If you have accepted Christ as your savior, we will help you grow in your walk with Christ.  If you are not sure and want more information, then please come visit with us.  We will be glad to answer your questions and help you as you search out the truths of God revealed through Christ.