God Really Does Love You!
The Bible states, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us". (Romans 5:8)
In this one verse we see God's love, our need, and God's provision for eternal life.
God's Word proves that He deeply loves you.
- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us..." (Romans 5:8)
God created you and loves you deeply, and He also has a purpose for your life. The Bible states it this way:
- "In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." (1 John 4:9)
Summary: God has created you in His own image and deeply loves you. He has demonstrated His love for you in sending His Son Jesus Christ for you. He desires that you have eternal life and a relationship with Him.
As we search for meaning in life, we quickly discover that our world is broken. Brokenness is seen everywhere including in our own life. The Bible declares that brokenness in our world and in our own life is due to sin. Sin always leads to brokenness. The Bible declares:
- "in that while we were still sinners..." (Romans 5:8)
- "There is none righteous, no, not one." (Romans 3:10)
- "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
Due to our sin, we deserve death and eternal separation from God in hell.
- "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
According to the Bible, this death is both a physical death and a spiritual death.
Summary: Every person has sinned against God and chosen to go their own way. According to the Bible, our sin separates us from God and always leads to brokenness.
The following illustration is a good visual picture of this Biblical truth.
God is holy and just and must punish sin. Yet God loves us and provides forgiveness for our sins through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.
The Bible says...
- "...Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
- "...but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
- "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, the He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit. (Peter 3:18)
- "... Christ died for our sins according to Scripture, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.." (1 Corinthians 15:3,4)
We cannot earn eternal life by our good works outweighing our sinful works.
- "For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)
Summary: God's only provision for our sin is His Son Jesus Christ. The following illustration is a good visual picture of this Biblical truth.
God's Invitation to You
The only way Jesus can forgive our sins and affect our lives is for us to repent of our sin and by faith receive Him as our Savior. The Bible says...
Repent (turn from sin) - "Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." (Acts 3:19)
Repentance is turning away from your sin and turning to God through Jesus Christ.
Receive Him - "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God to those who believe in His name." (John 1:12)
- "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)
Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus. Faith is demonstrated by trusting, receiving, and following Jesus.
Summary: God invites you to turn from your sin and by faith receive His So Jesus Christ as your Savior. Are you now willing to turn from your sin and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If so, then call on Him through prayer. You can use your own words or use the prayer as a guide:
"Jesus, I repent of my sin and receive Your forgiveness. I place my faith and trust in You and receive You as my Lord and Savior. I will follow You the rest of my Life."
If you have chosen to believe on the Lord Jesus by repenting of your sins and receiving Him as your Savior, then the Bible states that you are now ready to be baptized as an act of obedience. Our church family would love to be part of your baptism and help disciple you.