A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP…
That’s what is at the heart of all we do here at Covenant: a personal relationship with God. We have become aware of the most exciting truth in all creation… that God loves us and has done an incredible work on our behalf! Because of the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, our sins are forgiven and we can be part of God’s family forever.
Our Problem – Sin
God created us in His own image to bring glory to His Name. We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. The Bible calls this sin. This results in separation from God. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “For the wages of sin is death (separation from God): but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Through the ages, individuals have tried in many ways to bridge this gap… without success… “There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12 NIV) The reason why man’s efforts fail to bridge the gap is found in the Bible… “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5 NIV) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
God’s Remedy – The Cross
Jesus Christ is the ONLY answer to this problem. He died on the cross and arose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and man. “…God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, Himself man, is between them to bring them together…” 1 Timothy 2:5 TLB “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8 NIV “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6 NIV
Our Response – Believe
We must TRUST JESUS CHRIST and RECEIVE HIM by faith. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” Acts 16:31 “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) Is there any reason why you cannot receive Jesus Christ right now?
How To Receive Christ:
Admit your need. “I am a sinner.” Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
What To Say:
Saying a prayer does not save us; but it is an expression of our heart: If you desire to put your trust in Christ alone, you can pray a prayer like the one below: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I trust you alone as my Savior. Thank you for the forgiveness and eternal life I now have. In Jesus name, amen.
God’s Assurance – His Word
If you have put your trust in Christ alone for salvation you have eternal life! “He that hath the Son hath life (right now); and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may KNOW that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:12-13 Receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer… this is called regeneration or the “new birth.”