how to be born again
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
The most important issue you will ever face in life pertains to where you will spend eternity. Many people are misinformed about what it takes to be saved. Most believe that acceptance by God is primarily based upon their own efforts. Some think that at the end of life, if their good works outweigh their bad, then surely entrance into heaven will be granted. Fortunately, we can see some wonderful truths in God’s Word (the Bible) that will answer questions and enable us to receive God’s gift of eternal life.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
God loves us and does not want us to perish.
All people have sinned. Sin causes separation from God.
Heaven is a free gift. You cannot earn or deserve heaven.
God wanted us to be brought back into relationship with Him. For this reason, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when He died upon the cross.
We receive God’s forgiveness through faith, by trusting in Christ.
YOU CAN RECEIVE THIS GIFT RIGHT NOW!
You can place your faith in Jesus and receive God’s gift of eternal life right now. I encourage you to agree with God’s Word and express your faith toward God by praying the following prayer:
I come to You and acknowledge that I have sinned. I need Your mercy and Your forgiveness. I turn to You now, and I repent of my sins.
I believe that Your Son Jesus came to this earth and died on the cross for my sins. I believe that He rose from the dead so that I could receive forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. I accept Jesus as my Savior, and I confess Him now as my Lord.
Thank You for taking away my sins, for making me Your child, and for placing me in right standing with You.
In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
NOW THAT YOU’VE RECEIVED THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE
Realize that in receiving the gift of eternal life, you have taken a wonderful first step. God not only wants you to have this gift, but He also wants you to get to know Him, to follow Him, and to serve Him with your whole life.
Get a Bible and begin reading! I recommend you begin with the Gospel of John. This book of the Bible will give you a tremendous introduction to who Jesus is. I also recommend you read a Bible that is translated into modern language, such as the New King James Version or the New International Version.
Find a good church in your area. It is important to become a part of a good church that believes in the Lordship of Jesus, the authority of the Bible, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Your spiritual walk and your spiritual growth can be greatly helped by your involvement in a good church.
Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit! God’s plan is that you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit already lives in you if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, but there is an additional experience by which He fills you with power. In the Bible, you can read all about the outstanding works of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts.
Be baptized in water. This is an outward demonstration of the fact that you have become identified with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Book of Acts records numerous instances of early Christians being baptized in water in obedience to the instructions of Jesus.
IF YOU ARE TEMPTED TO DOUBT…
If you are ever tempted to doubt the fact that you are now a child of God and will spend eternity with Him, know that the Bible has many tremendous promises to further assure you. Here are three scriptures that are especially comforting:
LET US HEAR FROM YOU!
If you have just received the gift of eternal life by accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord, or if you’ve recommitted your life to Christ, please contact us and let us know. We would love to hear from you!
(All Scripture quotations in this article are from the New King James Version of the Bible.)