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To Live is Christ. 

     What if that was it? The apostle Paul makes that Statement in his letter to the Philippians. He says that “to live is Christ and to die is gain”. So I ask again, what if that were true? What if the life you are most wanting for is found in Christ Himself?

     That reality is our quest and the fullness of what it means to walk with God. If you have no idea where you stand with Christ, here is a real simple explanation. Jesus invited us to follow Him. He said He came to give us life. The inference is that our current way of life will not lead us there. So He came and died and rose again that we might receive His death as our own and find what we have been looking for all along.

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. –Psalm 37:4

     However, Christ doesn’t force us. He invites us. Each person must make their own confession of their own faith. 

     You are welcome to follow these steps. But it is not about the words but the intent of your heart as you seek God and place your faith in Christ. Please know that Life Church is committed to helping you walk with God. If you receive Christ, please let us know; so we can get you connected in an environment that will help you grow. If you do not, please know that we are committed to walking with you through that process, and you are welcome to contact us for additional info or just for a place to process what you are thinking. Attending Family Training Hour on Wednesday evenings is a great place to ask any questions you may have about God and a relationship with Christ.

     Again, here is the heart of the matter:

ADMIT YOUR NEED FOR CHRIST

     The Bible teaches that we were created by God and for God (Colossians 1:16). Namely to show His character and splendor to the world. Yet, we have failed to do this. The Bible calls this sin.

Be astonished, O heavens, at this, And be horribly afraid; Be very desolate,” says the LORD.
“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns–broken cisterns that can hold no water. –Jeremiah 2:12-13

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, –Romans 3:23

     You may be able to list some of the sins you feel you have committed. There may be things that God defines as sin that you don’t really see as a big deal. For some, sin had plagued you with massive guilt or a hardened heart. For others, you just write it off as the way you are. Sin is more than a list of bad things we have done. It is refusing to trust and embrace the life that God has created for you.

     This is the bad news. The good news is that God refuses to give up on His intended purpose for His creation.

ACCEPT CHRIST’S SACRIFICE FOR YOU

     This is simply an act of FAITH. Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave in order to make us right before God once again. We must simply receive that fact by faith.

even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; –Romans 3:22

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

ARRANGE YOUR LIFE TO WALK WITH HIM DAILY

     Placing your faith in Christ is the launching point for life. The Bible teaches us that Christ is life, and walking with God is simply the pursuit of that truth. Psalm 119:5 says, “Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!” He’s given us commands to give us life.

     Jesus isn’t just interested in giving you a “spot” in heaven. He’s interested in you fulfilling the purpose you were created for.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:23

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. -John 10:10

     We would be privileged to help you walk by providing you a place to grow. If you are unsure about your salvation or Christ’s place in your life, we would be honored to speak to you further. You can take these steps by praying a simple prayer expressing your desire to God. Below is a sample (you can say this one or simply use your own words):

PRAYER

     Lord God, I am a sinner, (Romans 3:23)

     and I am in need of your Holy Spirit to intercede for me so that through your Son, I may restore a righteous relationship with you. (Romans 8:27, 34)

     Please cleanse me through the precious blood of your Son, so that my sins are washed away and I am made clean before you. Father, please come into my heart, and be the Lord and Savior of my life. (Ephesians 1:7)

     Call me out of darkness, and into your light, (1 Peter 2:9)

     into your kingdom, so that through Your Holy Spirit, I will have the desire to follow you, (Revelation 22:17)

     and obey Your commandments. (Acts 5:32)

     For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

     We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.

     We also pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light.

     He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. (2 Timothy 1:9)    

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