Connecting with God begins with God drawing one to Himself. This segment of this website is dedicated to sharing the gospel message of Jesus Christ as the way to reconciliation and relationship with God. God does in fact have criteria- in other words conditions- by which one is granted interaction with Himself.
Through the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ comes the only way of reconciliation and relationship, a pathway that leads from a life of sinful self-centeredness to a life fully devoted to God.
- Chosen: The way is initiated not be one’s self, but only by God’s initiative. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me…No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…”(John 14:6, John 6:44)
- Eyes Opened: Except that God reveals one’s sinful state of being, one remains blinded by Satan. “The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
- Call to Repentance: Jesus’ ministry began with a call to repentance: “…preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.'” The only acceptable response to God’s invitation is belief made evident by repentance. The kind of repentance required is deep sorrow and contrition for your sinful state of being and sinful actions as an offense and dishonor to God, and a violation of His holy law. This sorrow and contrition is accompanied and followed by change and direction of your life. Repentance is a conversion from sin to God that begins with a change of mind, a change of mind that is impossible unless one has had their eyes opened to their sin.
- Call to Confess and Believe: “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)
- Call to Salvation with Purpose: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them…But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.(Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:20-23) Do not be fooled about the relationship between faith, salvation, and works. At the same time that works and good deeds add nothing to the gift of Salvation, any claim one makes of having been “saved” lacking evidence of works and good deeds is an unjustified claim. The same faith by which we are justified unto God will not be void of good works which are necessary for the perfection of our faith and justification of our claim before men. God saves for a purpose and the evidence that His purpose is being carried out is works and good deeds.
- Believe! Believe!! Believe!!! John 6:28-29 Jesus was asked what work God requires of us. He said, “The work of God is this, to believe in the one He has sent.”
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