Saying YES to a relationship with Jesus.
FOUR THINGS THAT ARE TRUE: Truth oNE
Every person was created by God. God loves you and he has a purpose and plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11
Each one of us fails to live up to God’s expectations; we disobey God’s perfect will for our lives. This is called “sin.” Sin brings death to our relationship with God, separating us from him forever. Romans 3:23
God gave us his son Jesus Christ as a gift in order to repair our relationship with Him. John 3:16
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We must accept the free gift of God’s forgiveness through Jesus and commit our lives to him. We call this “saying YES” to Jesus. 1 John 1:9
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a few questions to think about: ONE Two
Do you know that God loves you?
Do you understand that youâ€™ve sinned and that your sin prevents you from having a relationship with God?
Do you realize that Jesus is the only way to find forgiveness for your sins?
Are you ready to say YES to Jesus and accept him as Godâ€™s free gift of forgiveness?
If you would like to receive Jesus and begin a relationship with God today, the next step is simple: talk to God through prayer, telling him that you are willing to accept his free gift of salvation. One example of this prayer might be: “Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. I confess that I have sinned and that I don’t deserve Your love. I believe that Jesus died to pay the price for my sins and then rose again. I want to accept Your forgiveness, turn from my way of doing things, and give You control of my life. Thank You for saving me and giving me eternal life. Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer, you have a new relationship with God and a new future! When you say YES to Christ, you are born into God’s family and the Holy Spirit lives in you. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit, which will guide you and reveal the truth of God’s word, the Bible.
So what’s Next? ONE
This is just the beginning of your new life in Christ! It’s important to take an active role in your relationship with God. He is always with us; we just have to be willing to pay attention. Discover a few ways to grow your relationship with God:
Commit to regularly attending a local church like Eagle Brook and participating in programs like Ground Zero or Revolution. All of these are designed to help you worship God and learn more about how to grow in your faith.
Join a small group to experience Christian community.
Find a place to serve God. There are hundreds of opportunities to engage with God’s work in local churches, or even by serving others in the midst of your daily life.
Practice experiencing God personally by reading your Bible and talking to God in prayer.
Get baptized. Baptism is a public declaration of the personal decision that you’ve made to commit your life to Christ. This is a great first step of obedience in your new life as a Christian.
A few other things to know
Accepting Jesus Christ as your savior can be incredibly emotional. Experiencing God’s forgiveness for the first time can be a monumental “high.” It is possible, though, that this experience may have left you overwhelmed, excited or exhausted. It’s important to remember that this is just the beginning of a life-long experience of following Jesus. As you learn to submit your life to Him (your heart, your mind, your behaviors) you will be transformed. This is exciting news, because God’s plan for our life is far better than we could imagine on our own; it is more joyful, more peaceful and filled with purpose. Still, it’s not unusual to struggle. God’s transformation of your life doesn’t happen overnight; in fact, it is never finished while we are here on earth. Our transformation, becoming more like Jesus, is a process, and it’s a process that comes with bumps in the road. Being a Christian is difficult, because it means that we cannot let this world dictate how we should live. A foundational part of the Christian life is being directed by God’s love and plan. That means that we may often have to make tough choices in order to follow Him. But when these tough
choices are also the correct ones, they are what help us grow into the person God wants us to become.
ROMANS 12:2 Don’t copy behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person. Now that you’ve accepted Christ into your life, you can trust him to control the way you’re headed. God will begin to change you and give you new desires, new passions, new morality and a new hope. Your thoughts, character and behavior will begin to match God’s character and his plan. He will continue to help navigate your life, with his best plan in mind. For more information on Revolution, Ground Zero or Eagle Brook Church, visit us online. You can check out past messages, see what is coming up and learn how to get involved.
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Read your Bible
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I said YES nine
31 days Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Luke 1 Luke 2 Mark 1 Mark 9 Matthew 5 Matthew 6 Luke 15
Preparing for Jesus’ arrival The story of Jesus’ birth The beginning of Jesus’ ministry A day in the life of Jesus The Sermon on the Mount The Sermon on the Mount (part 2) Parables of Jesus
Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
John 3 John 10 John 14 John 15 John 16 John 17 Matthew 26
A conversation with Jesus The Good Shepherd Jesus’ final instructions Jesus’ final instructions (part 2) The work of the Spirit Jesus’ prayer for his disciples Jesus’ betrayal and arrest
Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21
Matthew 27 John 20 Luke 24 Romans 3 Romans 5 Romans 7 Romans 8
Jesus’ execution on a cross Resurrection Jesus’ appearance after resurrection Paul’s theology in a nutshell Peace with God Struggles with sin Life in the Spirit
Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27 Day 28
Romans 12 Life in the world Ephesians 2 Our life in Christ Ephesians 4 Unity in Christ Ephesians 5 Living in Christ Philippians 2 Being Christ-like Philippians 3 Maturing in Christ Philippians 4 Trusting Christ through trials
Day 29 Galatians 5 Life in the Spirit Day 30 Colossians 3 Life in Christ Day 31 2 Timothy 2 Being strong in Christ
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