What Does it Mean to Be a True Christian?
Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing "Why am I alive?" They exist year after year with no idea of why they live or God's purpose for their lives. The most basic question a person can ask is, "What is the meaning of my life?"
Everyone wants to be happy. People try many ways to search for happiness:
But real happiness comes from understanding my life's purpose.
1. God Made me to Love Me!
2. We Were Created to Enjoy a Personal Relationship With God and to Magage All of the Rest of God's Creation. -- This Makes Us Special!
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Genesis 1:27-28
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10
3. When We Know and Love God, and Live in Harmony with His Purpose For Our Lives, It Produces Tremendous Benefits in Our Lives:
This is the kind of lifestyle God intends for us to live.
Why then aren't most people really happy?
Man has a natural desire to be boss and to ignore God's principles for living.
The Bible Calls This Attitude Sin.
SIN BREAKS OUR CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
It causes us to fear God and try to live our lives outside of His will.
When People Have Problems, They Often Try Many Different Ways of Coping Before Turning to God.
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Proverbs 16:25
Even when we know that our deepest need is God, we often try wrong ways of getting to know Him:
Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
God Himself came to earth as a human being to bring us back to Himself. If any other way would have worked, Jesus Christ would not have had to come. The Way is a Person! Our only way into heaven is to have a relationship with Him.
JESUS HAS ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF YOUR SIN PROBLEM!
God did this for you because He loves you and wants you to know Him personally.
Admit that God Has Not Been First Place in Your Life and That You Are a Sinner in Need of Forgiveness.
Believe That Jesus Died to Pay For Your Sins and That He Rose Again on Easter, and Is Alive Today.
Receive God's Free Gift of Salvation. Don't Try to Earn It.
Our relationship to God is not restored by anything we do, but on the basis of what Jesus already did for us!
Invite Jesus Christ to Come Into Your Life.
You Can Take These Steps By Praying This to God:
"Dear God, thank you for making me and for continuing to love me, even when I've ignored you and gone my own way. I realize I need you in my life. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and then rose from the dead. On the basis of what Jesus did for me, I ask you to forgive me for all my sins. I trust Jesus to be my personal Savior. Please come into my life and make me a new person inside. I accept your gift of salvation through faith. As much as I know how, I want to follow you from now on. Please help me to grow as a Christian. AMEN."