Receiving Christ involves turning to
God from self reliance (repentance) and trusting Christ to
come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us who
He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for
our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an
emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, in
response to His Spirit drawing our hearts toward Himself.
These two circles represent two kinds
Self –Directed Life
S – Self is on the throne
† – Christ is rejected by the
• – Interests are directed by
resulting in discord and
† – Christ is in the life and
on the throne
S – Self is yielding to Christ
• – Interests are directed by
resulting in harmony with
Does what I have shared with you so
far make sense to you?
Which circle best describes your life?
Which circle would you like to have
represent your life?
Is there any reason you can think of
why you would not want to turn from your sin, accept Jesus’
death on the cross as payment for your sin and receive Jesus
as your savior and lord of your life right now?
It is important for you to realize
that a desire to turn from sin to God is only possible when
God is at work in your heart drawing you to himself. You can
rely on him for the strength you need to live this new life
by his spirit at work in you.
The following explains how you can
receive Christ as a starting point for a new relationship
You can receive Christ right now by
faith through prayer (Prayer is talking to God).
God knows your heart and is not so
concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your
The following is a suggested prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I want to respond to the
work you are doing in my heart, mind and life. I have sinned
against you and need your forgiveness and a new heart.
Thank You for dying on the cross for
my sins. I confess that Jesus is Lord. Thank You for
forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life by Your
Spirit’s presence in my life. Take control of the throne of
my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."
Do you sense God at work in your life,
making this prayer the desire of your heart?
If you do, pray this prayer right now,
and respond to the work God has begun in your life.
The Bible promises eternal life
"The witness is this, that God has
given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who
has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of
God does not have life. These things I have written to you
who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you
may know that you have eternal life" (1
Thank God often that Christ is in your
life and that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).
You can know on the basis of His promise and the changes in
your life that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal
life. He will not deceive you.
An important reminder...
Do not depend on feelings
The promise of God's Word, the Bible -
not our feelings - is our authority. The Christian lives by
faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His
Word. This train diagram illustrates the relationship among
fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His
Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience)
The train will run with or without a
caboose. However, it would be useless to attempt to pull the
train by the caboose. In the same way, as Christians we do
not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith
(trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of
Now that you have received Christ
The moment that you received Christ by
grace, through faith, many things happened, including the
1. Christ came into your life
(Revelation 3:20; Colossians 1:27).
2. Your sins were forgiven
3. You became a child of God (John
4. You received eternal life (John
5. You began the great adventure for
which God created you
(John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1
Can you think of anything more
wonderful that could happen to you than receiving Christ?
Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He
has done for you? By thanking God, you demonstrate your
To enjoy your new life to the
Suggestions for Christian Growth
Spiritual growth results from trusting
Jesus Christ. "The righteous person shall live by faith"
(Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to
trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and
to practice the following:
Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7).
Read God's Word daily (Acts 17:11); begin with the
Gospel of John.
O Obey God moment by moment (John
Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19;
Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7).
H Holy Spirit – submit to His control
and let Him empower your daily life and witness
(Galatians 5:16,17; Acts 1:8).
Fellowship in a Good Church
God's Word instructs us not to forsake
"the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25).
Several logs burn brightly together; but put one aside on
the cold hearth and the fire goes out. So it is with your
relationship with other Christians.
If you do not belong to a church, do
not wait to be invited. Take the initiative; call the pastor
of a nearby church where Christ is honored and His Word is
preached (not all churches are good). Start this week, and
make plans to attend regularly.
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