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It starts with God's love and your faith in Jesus as your personal Savior.  

Jesus not only claimed He was the Son of God He demonstrated His divine nature and power through His resurrection and the many miracles He performed while He lived on the earth.   Over five hundred people saw Jesus alive after He was raised from death.  In addition, Jesus did things that no human being can do.  He raised people from the dead, he created sight in a person that was born blind.  He calmed a storm with His words and he healed the sick with a touch.  He fed over five thousand people with just five loaves of bread and two fish.  These are just a few examples of the miracles he performed.  Many other miracles are recorded in the New Testament of the Bible.  Jesus boldly claimed that He and God were one.  In addition to His miracles there are numerous prophecies in the Old Testament of the Bible that point to Jesus foretelling his coming, divine nature and mission hundreds of years before His birth.  Studying prophesy will strengthen your faith as it is amazing to learn about all of the prophecies that only the person of Jesus could possibly fulfill. The Bible contains prophesies that have already been filled since Jesus' coming and prophecies that have recently been fulfilled in this century.  The mathematical chance of just one person fulfilling just a few of the prophecies in the Old Testament about the Messiah are astronomical.  Jesus fulfilled them all!

When Jesus walked the earth over two thousand years ago he was not born like an ordinary human being.  He was born of a virgin through the power of God.  Jesus often referred to himself as the Son of God in reference to divinity but He also referred to himself as the Son of Man in reference to his humanity.  Jesus was both fully human without a sin nature and fully God.  In effect God himself stepped into human history in the person of His son Jesus Christ to do something for us that we could not do for ourselves.  Jesus was born and came into the world to bring humanity back to God.  Sin was brought into the world by the first human beings when they disobeyed God.  This original or first sin by the first human man and woman brought death and sin into the world for all people.  As a result, all human beings are now born sinners as the sin nature has been passed down to all generations.  Being a Christian does not mean you become perfect with the ability not to sin while you are alive in the world but it does mean your past imperfections and any future sins are covered by the blood of Jesus.  When you become a believer in Jesus The Holy Spirit will place in your heart a desire not to sin and your mind will change regarding the things you know in your conscience are wrong.   If you have ever told a lie, stolen something, cursed at someone, lusted, hated, been prejudice or even thought of something spiteful or mean you have sinned.  Sin has a cost and the price of sin is death.  The Bible says everyone has sinned and everyone falls short of the Glory of God.  The Bible also says if you have committed just one sin you are declared guilty of them all.  There are no little or minor sins in the eyes of God and there are no sins to big for God if you have accepted Christ as your Savior.  God cannot tolerate any sin in His presence so our sin separates us from God.  God is perfect and holy beyond comprehension.  To satisfy God's holy justice the sin debt had to be paid before we could be restored to God.  Jesus paid our sin debt by being the sacrifice for all of our sins, past, present and future for those who believe.  Jesus willingly submitted to a horrible and painful death on a Roman cross in accordance with God's will to be the perfect sacrifice to make it possible for human beings to have everlasting life with God.  Just believe in Jesus in your heart, profess your faith in Jesus with your mouth and ask God to forgive you of your sins.  If you are willing to accept this free gift of God's grace by believing in your heart and professing with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God you will be saved and the Holy Spirit will fill you.  Your faith in Jesus will save you from eternal death and bring you into eternal life with God.  Your life will be changed forever!  If you make the decision to become a believer tell someone, get connected with a Bible based church and be baptized in obedience to the command of Jesus to be baptized in water.  In addition baptism is a as a public demonstration of putting off your old life and putting on your new life in Christ.

Once saved your faith is first and foremost to your growth as a Christian and your relationship with God.  Through daily prayer, daily reading of the Bible and connecting with other believers in praise and worship the Holy Spirit will help and guide you and your faith will grow as you begin to experience God working in your life.  Your view of the world, your circumstances and how you view your life will change.  Guilt, regrets and life's sorrows and pains will slowly be replaced with God's joy.  You will begin to see the truth about the reality of this world regarding what is good and what is evil.  This is what is so amazing about God's grace and being filled with His Holy Spirit.  It is exciting to see God renew and restore broken, unhappy, lonely or just unfulfilled people who know deep down that something is missing in their life.  To learn more about grace see the section titled About Grace. 

Scripture References The Holy Bible  = New International Version

  • I and the Father are one.”  John 10:30
  • Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39“Take away the stone,”he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.  Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
  • 1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1
  • By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  Hebrews 11:3
  • And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
  • Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2
  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17  John 3:16
  • Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  John 3:5
  • know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.  Galatians 2:16
  • For we live by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7
  • In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
    35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
    38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.  Luke 1:26-38
  • 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,3:25 through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.  Romans 3:22-26
  • 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame. 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:9-13
  • 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!  Romans 7:21-25
  • Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LordGod had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
    The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
    “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
    When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
    Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LordGod as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LordGod among the trees of the garden. But the LordGod called to the man, “Where are you?”
    10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
    11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
    12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”13
    Then the LordGod said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”   Genesis 3:1-13

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