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SALVATION MESSAGE

1. Are you seeking?

True seekers have one thing in common. They all want to know the truth. They are tired of pretending or taking part in religious rituals that have no life changing results. Are you a seeker? Are you wanting to know the truth?

2. Asking the right questions is important.

The question is not about religion or denominations. The question is, who is God, and how do I connect with Him?

3. Point Blank Truth.

In John 3, Jesus was approached by a man named Nicodemus. He was a religious man. Being a Jewish leader he prayed at least an hour per day. He gave money to the church and to the poor, and had memorized great portions of scripture. Yet when he met Jesus, every thing changed. (Find a Bible and read John 3)

  • a). True Seekers Know that something is lacking in their life. Nicodemus knew he lacked something in his life, and when he was around Jesus, he knew he was missing something. True seekers know they are missing something, but can't fully define what it is.
  • b). True Seekers Put Forth the Effort. Nicodemus visited Jesus in the middle of the night to ask him about this. Jesus point blank told him the truth. In John 3: 3 Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven.”
  • c). Jesus went on to explain to Nicodemus that a person cannot be born again by ordinary human means, but only by the Spirit of God touching his human spirit and soul. Another place in the Bible calls this regeneration. This is simply a miracle of God that takes place in a person. It is not a change of mind, but a literal change of heart, something supernatural.
  • d). John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. This is probably the most famous verse in the entire Bible. But we want to examine it so we can thoroughly understand the truth of it.
  • * Believe

  • Has to do with repentance or knowing that we cannot make heaven or please God with our good works alone. We will
  • never be good enough on our own to be allowed into heaven. All of us have sinned and come short of God's

    standards. The first step of believing is acknowledging our sinfulness, and then repenting asking God to forgive us.

    Romans 3: 23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

    * Believe

  • Means to place your trust in Jesus alone. You see, if we could simply live a good life and go to heaven
  • based on our performance, then why would Jesus have died on the cross? We must place our trust in Jesus and in the

    fact that he died for us, (you and me) on the cross. We must personalize the work of the cross to each of us individually.

    Accepting the fact that “my sins nailed Him there”.

    * Believe

  • Means to receive Jesus into your heart. This means that Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, will literally come into
  • your spirit, soul, and body to inhabit you. You will live a new life with Jesus filled with peace and freedom from guilt.

    Again Romans 10: 9-11 says that, “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 to righteousness, and with

    the mouth confession is made to salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to

    shame.''

    4. Seeker Steps. Are you ready to make a step of faith? Are you ready to believe in Jesus?

  • First, come to Jesus in prayer, simply talk to Him like you do any one else.
  • Next, let Him know how sorry you are for all the wrongs you have done to Him and others.
  • Then, by faith or trust, ask Jesus to come live in your spirit and soul. As you do this, thank Him for coming.
  • Commit to try to follow Him as one of His disciples every day.
  • Prayer of Salvation (sample)

    Dear Lord Jesus, I believe you came to this earth. You lived a sinless life before all to see. You died on the cross for my sins. I truly am sorry for my sins, please forgive me. Now Jesus, come into my heart and live in me by the power of the Holy Spirit. I receive you now. Thank you for hearing my simple prayer. In Jesus' name Amen.

    Keys to Happy Christian Living.

  • Read the Bible – many times you can get Bibles at a dollar store. Find an easy one to read. Start in Mark or John then go to Acts.
  • Find a church that you can connect to. How? Are there any Christians around work or places where you go? If so, see what church they attend. (Of course you are always welcome at Cornerstone!)
  • Ask genuine God–followers questions about the Bible or prayer. No question is a dumb question.
  • Go to a Christian Book Store and look at some of the books or videos.
  • Take a walk in nature and talk to God as you are enjoying the scenery.
  • Remember you don't have to know everything in order to know something. This is a journey, not the destination. Heaven is home with Jesus.
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