Dear Friend, We are so thrilled that you’ve expressed an interest in discovering more about the truth and relevance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Friend, God loves you deeply! No matter who you are or what you have done, He is for you, not against you. You matter to God! In fact, the Bible says that ‘God has set eternity in the heart of mankind (a divinely implanted sense of purpose that nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy)’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Today, this sense of eternal purpose can be yours. Your response to Him is the beginning of an exciting adventure with God. He has plans for your future, plans of destiny and hope. Praying a simple prayer, in faith and sincerity, allows Jesus Christ to become your Saviour and Lord, which marks the beginning of your new journey of faith. Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me and dying for me on the cross. Thank you for forgiving all my sins You are my Lord and Saviour, now and forever. I believe that you rose from the dead and that You are alive today. I am now a beloved child of God and heaven is my home. Thank you for giving me eternal life, and filling my heart with your peace and joy. Amen If you have prayed this prayer for the first time today, we congratulate you and welcome you into the family of God. This now means you are a Christian!
Welcome to the Generation Journey! As founders and senior pastors of Generation Church, we love seeing peoples lives flourish! We are passionate about building a healthy and vibrant Church, which will inspire people to reach their potential, fulfill their unique destiny, and live with purpose in every area of life. Generation Church is called to be a global movement of churches that become the soul of their cities and bring solution to the earth. The fact that you are seeking a relationship with Jesus is our greatest delight, and as you begin the greatest adventure of your life, we extend to you an invitation to attend our Thrive New Believers Course. This course will explain the basic foundations that will enable you to thrive & flourish in your new life with Jesus! We do look forward to seeing you soon and please donâ€™t hesitate to let us know if we can help you in any way possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org With love and grace always, Andrew and Vanessa Hoyes Senior Pastors, Generation Church
Welcome to the Greatest Adventure of your life! God’s central theme throughout the Bible is His love for people. This love was revealed when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Because Christ died, your sins can be forgiven, and because He conquered death, you can have eternal life spent in heaven. This gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be yours unless you willingly accept it. God requires an individual response from you. The following verses from the Bible show God’s part and yours in this process:
You are Deeply Loved by God For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 God loves you. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. And he wants to give you a life that will last forever, even after you experience physical death.
The Great Disconnect For everyone has sinned: we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 You may have heard someone say, “I’m only human – nobody’s perfect.” This Bible verse says the same thing: We are all sinners. We all do things that we know are wrong. And that’s why we feel estranged from God – because God is holy and good, and we are not.
For the wages of sin is death... Romans 6:23 Just as criminals must pay the penalty for their crimes, sinners must pay the penalty for their sins. If you continue to sin, you will pay the penalty of spiritual death: You will not only die physically; you will also be separated from our holy God for all eternity. The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain separated from God will spend eternity in a place called hell.
Gods’ Amazing Solution
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, has paid the penalty for all your sins. You may think you have to lead a good life and do good deeds before God will love you. But the Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you, even when you were rebelling against Him.
Salvation is a Free Gift
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9 The word grace means ‘undeserved favour’. This means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life. God’s gift to you is free. You do not have to work for a gift. All you have to do is joyfully receive it, and believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you!
An Invitation is extended to you... â€œLook! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.â€? Revelations 3:20 Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. Picture, if you will, Jesus Christ standing at the door of your life, your heart. Invite him in; He is waiting for you to receive him into your heart and life.
Receive Him But to all who believe him and accept him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God, and have the privilege of talking to him in prayer at any time about anything. The Christian life is a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ. And best of all, it is a relationship that will last for all eternity.
My Decision! Hereâ€™s some simple, yet powerful steps to help clarify and empower the decision you have made.
Admit to God that you need Him, regardless of how good you think you have been. Admit to God that you have sinned.
Believe that Jesus died for you and your sin. Ask Jesus for His forgiveness.
Commit yourself to God. Let God be Lord, leader and coach of your life. Stop doing the things He doesnâ€™t want, and start doing things He does want you to do.
Follow Jesus, His example and His teachings. Get to know Him as your
Lord and Friend.
When you have come to God like this you have joined a huge family. It is almost like being born all over again into a new family. So, like all births, it is cause for celebration and worth recording the day. Your Name:_______________________ Date:____________________________ Place:___________________________ Signature:________________________
So where to Next? Becoming a Christian is just the beginning. Now comes a lifetime of growing. To grow as a Christian you need to live as a Christian. Here are a few hints to help you get going.
1. Read God’s Word
God’s word (that is, the Bible) is like the “Manufacturer’s Handbook” and will give you an inside look into this new life you have started. God’s word is like a collection of letters written by God and addressed to you. Here’s a tip – when you read the advice in God’s Word it won’t work unless you do it!
2. Talk to God
The Bible calls this praying. Keep in regular contact with God. Discuss with him the way you feel or the help you need to be a strong Christian. God is a friend and, like friends, you talk so that you can get to know each other better!
3. Connect into Church
Church is all about connecting and contributing. In order to grow as a Christian you will need to spend time with other Christians so that you can learn from each other. This will position you to receive teaching, encouragement and support that you cannot receive in any other way.
4. Tell Someone
Being a Christian is more than words, it’s action! Tell others about your love for God, be warm and friendly and help people in practical ways as Jesus taught.
Thrive: Journey of Faith The Christian journey is a pathway. Here at Generation, we have a number of programs, groups and events to help you in your journey.
Knowing what you believe establishes your convictions, your faith, your decisions and ultimately, your future in life.
Knowing where you belong and where youâ€™re planted establishes your destiny and relationships in life.
Developing your gifts, your talents and your faith establishes your potential in life.
The ability and heart to serve establishes true greatness in life.
Ultimately, a willingness and power to lead establishes influence in life.
Finding Answers in Godâ€™s Word Do you ever wonder what the Bible has to say about the situation you are in? Here are some references to the New Testament section of the Bible. There are helpful words there for you!
Where to look when....
You need inner peace: John 14; Romans 8 Everything is going well: 1 Timothy 6; James 2:1-17 You feel successful and satisfied: Luke 16 You have been given position of responsibility: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 You realize youâ€™ve been living selfishly: Luke 12:13-21 Your aim is to be a good neighbour and friend: Luke 10:25-37; Romans 12 You are very worried about people close to you: Luke 12:4-7 Everything seems to be going from bad to worse: 2 Timothy 3; Hebrews 13 Friends seem to let you down: Matthew 4; 1 Corinthians 13 You are overwhelmed by sadness: Matthew 28 You are tempted to do wrong: Matthew 4; James 1:12-25 Your relationship with someone is spoiled: Matthew 5:21-26; Ephesians 4:1-6; James 4:1-12 You are discouraged or weary: Matthew 11 You are depressed by worries: Matthew 6
Where to look if you... Are bearing a grudge: Luke 6; 2 Corinthians 4 Are inclined to be jealous: James 3 Become impatient often: Hebrews 12 Have experienced severe losses: Colossians 1; 1 Peter 1 Have disobeyed Godâ€™s laws: Luke 5; 1 John 1 Feel the need for forgiveness: Luke 15; Philemon Are bored with life: Ephesians 3
Where to look when you... Feel your faith is weak: Hebrews 11; Matthew 14:22-36 Think God seems far away: Luke 10 Are planning your budget: Matthew 6; Luke 19 Feel youâ€™ve becoming lax or indifferent: Matthew 25; Revelations 3 Are lonely or fearful: Luke 8; 1 Peter 4 Are fearful of death: John 11, 17, 20 Need a new start: John 3; 1 John 1 Want to know how to pray: Luke 11 and 18