At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (Matthew 4:17), Jesus began preaching “Repent, for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand”. Right NOW the kingdom of heaven is at hand for you too. Jesus is
calling to you "REPENT!"
What does it mean to repent? It means to turn from yourself (your way of doing things) and follow
God’s ways of doing thing.
What are God’s ways of doing things? Jesus said that the greatest commandment was “Love the
Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind
and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27-28).
If you have kept these commandments of God, then you’re not far from heaven. However, you are
probably in the same boat I used to be in (the sinking boat). The Bible says, “that all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
What is sin? Sin is what separates us from God. Something bad or wrong. In the beginning the
infinite God who created the heavens and the earth created you! (Genesis 1:1)
“In the beginning . . . God created man and then woman. They were placed in a perfect
environment, with all their needs taken care of. They were given only one rule (law); they were not
to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, lest they die (Genesis 2:17).
Unfortunately, they did eat from the tree (Genesis 3), and the relationship between God and
mankind was broken.
So, what is the remedy, and how can my relationship with God be restored?
God's Purpose: Peace and Eternal Life
God loves you, and He wants you to live in
peace with Him and to receive eternal life.
The Bible says, "We have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)
(John 3:16) "For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have
(Romans 6:23b) "The gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Since God planned for us to be at peace with
Him and to have eternal life, why are many
people not enjoying this experience?
Admit You Are A Sinner (Repent)
Everyone has sinned! No one is
excluded. Jesus said, “There is none
good except God alone” (Mark 10:18).
The Bible also says that, for the wages
of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Death
means eternal separation from God.
God's Remedy: Jesus
Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem
of separation from God. He died on the cross
and rose from the grave to pay the penalty for
our sin - completely bridging the gap between
us and God.
The Bible says, "God demonstrates His own love
for us in that: While we were still sinners, Christ
died for us." (Romans 5:8)
(Acts 4:12 ) "Salvation is found in no one else,
for there is no other name under heaven given
to men by which we must be saved."
(John 5:24) "I tell you the truth, whoever hears
My word and believes Him who sent me has
eternal life and will not be condemned; he has
crossed over from death to life."
God has provided the only way and we must
make the choice.
Jesus Christ died and rose again so that your
sins could be forgiven. He died once for the
sins of all of us guilty sinners, although He
Himself was innocent of any sin at
any time, that He might bring us safely home to
God. (1 Peter 3:18) Jesus Christ . . . died to pay
the penalty of sin. But God showed His great
love for us by sending Christ to die for us while
we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). . . .He rose
again, which proves He can forgive you. Christ
died for all our sins just as the Scriptures said
He would . . . He was buried . . . three days
afterwards He arose from the grave just as He
said He would . . . He was seen by more than five
hundred Christian brothers at one time (1
Corinthians 15:3-6), of which all died of tragic
deaths (Persecution), because of their faith in
We can receive Jesus Christ when we believe
in His message and trust in Him alone to save
The Bible says, "[Jesus said] Do not let your
hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in
me." (John 14:1)
(Acts 10:43) "All the prophets testify about Him
[Jesus] that every one who believes in Him
receives forgiveness of sins through His
(John 1:12) "Yet to all who received Him, to
those who believed in His name, He gave the
right to become children of God."
Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come into your life as your Savior and Lord giving Him complete
control of every area of your life.
If you need help praying, try using the following prayer:
I know that You love me, and I know that You want to save me. Jesus, You died to save me. You
promised to save me if I would trust You. I do trust You. By faith, I receive You as my Savior and Lord.
Forgive me of my sins. Wash me clean and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Save me, Lord Jesus.
Thank you for doing it. I receive it by faith like a child. Now, begin to make me the person you want me
to be. Help me, Lord, to never be ashamed of You. In Jesus' name I pray...Amen.
What Do I Do Next?
1. Begin a daily prayer life (talk to God).
2. Begin reading your Bible daily (try to find a study Bible or daily Bible reading program).
3. Find other people who can pray for you.
4. Find a local church for your spiritual growth.
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