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Jesus died - and rose again -
so that you could be transformed to manifest His glory on earth,
be forgiven of all sins, live abundantly on earth, and go to Heaven.

"...and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves,
but for Him who died for them and rose again.
" 2Corinthians 5:15

Salvation
Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ. If you read the Bible and the actual words of Jesus, it is clear that HE  is the only way of eternal salvation - the only path to GOD.  In John 14:5-7  Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, " I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Here are a few supporting scriptures that give the same message: John 10:9; Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 10:20. The Bible is Gods revelation to mankind. Its message is without error and proves itself to be true through many hundreds of fulfilled prophecy. The Bible also states hundreds of times that Salvation only comes through Jesus.

What is a Christian?
In today's American culture and thought, the word Christian has taken on a couple of general meanings. One is more of a certain lifestyle such as going to church, and following a generally accepted Christian moral code. However, some people who say they're Christian don't really believe everything that Christ said about himself and don't believe the Bible. The other meaning of "Christian", true to its origin, simply means to be a follower of Christ. This necessarily requires belief in what Jesus said and belief in the standards set in the Bible - a divinely inspired text that evolved from the Old Testament to the New Testament. To clarify their beliefs as distinct from cultural Christians some people describe themselves as Born again Christian, or Bible believing Christian, or simply Follower of Christ.  

Being born again is the only way of true Christianity and the only path to heaven, as Jesus Himself stated. The Bible's Book of John Chapter 3, gives an account of that.
 

The Book of John, Chapter 3:

 1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

 2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

 3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
 

Why do we need Jesus?
God is so magnificently perfect, fearfully holy, totally pure, and completely just, that He cannot be in fellowship with sin. Sin literally means to miss the mark. Sin is anything that goes against the standard that God set for righteousness. This is a serious problem for mankind since every human has inherited the sinful nature from Adam and Eve, which they received when choosing to go against the standard that God had set for them.

How does Jesus save us?

The Bible says that even before God created man, He knew that man would sin, and had a plan for man's redemption through His Son. While God is just, and cannot ignore sin, He is also loving and has made a way to cleanse us from our sins through His Son. The punishment for sin is eternal death. Jesus, even though He was without sin, chose to die for the sins of mankind. Jesus took this punishment in our place. Then Jesus, being the perfect God he is, defeated death by rising from the dead.

Once you accept Jesus as Lord over your life, his punishment is applied to your sin, thereby freeing you from the cost of sin, which is death and eternal separation from God.

How to receive salvation
Romans10, verses 9-10 explain how believing in Jesus will save you, and states it very simply:

"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."

If you truly believe these verses, here's a sample salvation prayer for you.
(You can say these words or something else like this):

"Father in the name of Jesus, I come before you to accept Your free gift of salvation. I confess that Jesus is Lord and I believe in my heart that you raised Jesus from the dead. Therefore I am saved. Thank You for loving me, thank you for keeping me, thank you for saving me. In Jesus Name, Amen

God in His love for us made it very simple. We do not have to do lots of good works to outweigh the bad. We cannot earn our way to heaven through our own merit. It is simply faith in Jesus Christ and putting Him Lord over your life. When you do this, Jesus death becomes the punishment for the sin that you would otherwise have to pay. ALL of your sin, past, present, and future, is taken care of by Jesus. Believing in Jesus makes you worthy of standing before God in Heaven because God will now see His Son's righteousness in you.

For information or prayer contact
Terrence & Pamela Wilson
email:   jcd4u@earthlink.net


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