A Very Good Place to Start
As a contractor with 30 years of experience I have learned a lot about my trade and others around me. Its safe to say that I have seen my share of mistakes made during those early years. But I give my thanks to a good teacher. One, who may not have always been patient but always thorough in his explanations of how to do something and why.
In my years I have had the opportunity to train helpers to work beside me and always observed one thing. Teaching is the best way to keep things fresh in my own mind. Somewhere in the relating of the process there is a reliving that revives me. I am taken back to where I was when I learned it and can relate the truth of the process to another with passion.
It is this reason that I want my first post of the year to be about “contending for the faith” that was first inside of us all at conversion. Jude tells us that he wanted to write about the shared salvation of the saints but was moved to respond to false teachers and ungodly people.
But lets review the Basics that we all do know –
- God established a plan of Salvation for Man from the beginning (Gen 3:15)
- Jesus was sent by God to save us (John 3:16)
- Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25)
- Jesus is Messiah (Matthew 16:16 )
- Jesus is the Creator of all (John 1 )
- Jesus fulfilled prophecy (Luke 7:18-23)
- Jesus Died on the Cross for our sins (John 19:33 & Rom 5:18-19)
- Jesus rose from the dead (Jn 20 & Acts 1 & 1Cor 15)
- Jesus ascended into heaven and will come back (Acts 1:9-11)
- Salvation is a gift from God not something we earn/buy ( Eph 2:8-9 )
- Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to encourage and empower us (John 14:15-18)
I guess the only question now is – Have you been saved? If not. Why Not?
All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. He knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart and your honesty. Although there’s no special way to ask to be saved we suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:
“Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
In Jesus name, amen.”
If you prayed this prayer congratulations, you are a Child of God now and your sins have been forgiven, never to be remembered. We encourage you , if you do not already attend a church, to find one that believes in Bible study. One that teaches the whole Word of God and proclaims the Good News that Salvation is available to all. We encourage you to get a Bible and begin reading it. If you don’t know where to start we suggest you read the Gospel of John first but you can find many Bible study reading lists online also. Consider Bible Gateway or some of the other links from our home page.
Whatever you do read the Bible daily and pray to our Lord for guidance because He is not dead but alive and ready to talk with you. Congratulations as you start a new life in this new year! Be blessed. Al and Betty