God’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and wants you to experience abundant and peaceful life today and for an eternity.  The Bible says…

“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?

The Solution to the Problem: Our Separation

God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice.

We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God. The Bible says…

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”  Isaiah 59:2

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Our Attempts to Reach God:  People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God. The Bible says…

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”  2 Timothy 4:3

“Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, ?The righteous will live by faith.'” Galatians 3:11

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ?Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 7:21

No bridge reaches God…except one.

 
God’s Bridge: The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people. The Bible says…

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”                1 Timothy 2:5

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”         1 Peter 3:18

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.

Our Response: Walk the Bridge

God has already made the offer of salvation and eternal life through the gracious gift of His Son, Jesus.  Now that God offers you this gift, what will your response be?

Begin by taking the steps to walk across the bridge that spans the gap between you and God.

Step #1 – Believe.   The Bible says.

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”  John 1:12

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

Step #2 – Repent.  The Bible says.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”  Acts 3:19

“I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”  Luke 13:5

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  2 Corinthians 7:10

Step #3 – Confess.  The Bible says.

“That if you confess with your mouth, ?Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9

Step #4 – Be Baptized.  The Bible says.

Jesus said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”  Mark 16:16

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38

“.baptism now saves you – not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 3:21, New American Standard Version)

“And now what are you waiting for?  Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”  Acts 22:16

Step #5 – Live As A Child Of God.  The Bible says.

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  Ephesians 5:1

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”  2 Corinthians 4:5:14-15

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”  Galatians 2:20

Are you ready to start walking across the bridge that takes you to God?

Are you ready to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, repent of your sins (that is: turn away from your sins), confess Jesus as Lord, be baptized into Christ, and live as a child of God?

If you are ready, we invite you to contact your local Church of Christ.  If you do not know how to contact the Church of Christ, or you do not have one in your area, please contact us through our Website, by e-mailing [email protected], or by calling (760) 949-3386.

To deepen your relationship with Jesus, you should:

1. Read your Bible every day.
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
3. Tell others about Jesus.
4. Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church that meets the description of the church as found in the New Testament.  (If you need help finding a description of the church as outlined in the New Testament, please contact us.)
5. As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.

(Unless otherwise noted, all scripture quotations were taken from the New International Version of the Bible.)