Fresh Start

We believe that a life of knowing and loving God is the most rewarding life that you can have. When you truly know God you can experience freedom, healing, compassion and love like you have never experienced before.

You can have a FRESH START with God today. Knowing God and His son, Jesus Christ, is the key to encountering a life of peace and ultimate satisfaction. If you do not know God as your personal savior, we encourage you to ask Him for a fresh start today so that you can see for yourself how abounding His love, forgiveness and grace can be.

 

 

Become a Christian

Who Really Loves Me?
The Bible tells us that God loves us.  In John 3:16 it says, “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.“  There are a few facts that are unique about the love that God has for each one of us.  First of all, the word love here speaks of an unconditional love.  This means that there are no conditions that first have to be met in order for Him to love me.  He loves me and I never have to do anything to earn it.  1 John 4:10 says, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.“  It gives me great comfort in knowing that Jesus loves me just because I am me.  Second, He demonstrated His love by sending His own Son to die for me.  This gives me great assurance because He was willing to give the greatest sacrifice in order to have a personal relationship with me for all eternity.

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all,
then all died;
” (2 Corinthians 5:14).

To Receive Christ do the following:

  1. Admit, “I am a sinner.”
  2. Confess and be willing to turn from your sin.
  3. Believe, by faith that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross.
  4. Receive, through prayer, Jesus Christ into your heart and receive eternal life.

Pray, with a sincere heart, something like this…

Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness.  I believe that You died on the cross for my sins.  Please forgive me for my sins and cleanse me by Your blood.  I accept You by faith as my personal Lord and Savior.  Give me a thirst for Your Word and Help me to follow You all of my days.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

What have you just done?
By accepting Jesus into your life as your personal Lord and Savior, you have established a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Before confessing Him by faith, you were an enemy of God because your sins had separated you from Him.  The Bible says, “Your iniquities [sins] have separated you from your God… “ (Isaiah 59:2).  Now, by asking Jesus into your heart, you are free from the bondage of sin and are under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Before accepting Jesus you were ruled by sin, but now the Spirit will rule you.  Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

 

Regeneration

In Webster, regeneration is defined as:  “The act of being spiritually reborn; complete reformation; bringing into existence again; the act of being made anew or formed again.”

In the New Testament, the new birth is described as a cleansing: “. . . according to his mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration . . .” (Titus 3:5).

It is also described as being “born again” (John 3:3, 5-6).

Man was created with three aspects to his nature: a body, a soul, and a spirit.  God designed us to have our spirit rule over our body and soul.  Because of our rebellion against God, things were turned around, and we became spiritually dead, allowing our flesh to take over and rule our spirit and soul.

God wants to indwell us with His Spirit through regeneration, reviving our spirit, so we no longer walk according to the flesh, but in the Spirit.  Then, walking in the Spirit, we will experience a new life; born again of the Spirit, we can now understand the things of God.

In Romans 6:4, Paul referred to this new birth as “newness of life.”  Peter described it as being “begotten again” (1 Peter 1:3).  Therefore, if you have not been born again, you cannot enter the kingdom of God:

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, (T

Sanctification

Why be holy?
The term sanctification means “to be made holy” and “to be set apart.”  Sanctification speaks of both a position and a process in the Christian life.  The moment we are born again, we are sanctified, made holy, and also set apart for God’s purpose.  Every Christian needs to understand that they have been sanctified and set apart for a special purpose for the glory of God.  This is seen in the life of Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).  Jeremiah, though born into sin was called to walk holy before God and be set apart for the service of God.

As we behold the LORD through His Word and through intimate communion with Him, we are being changed into His likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18).  We don’t become sinless, but we do sin less.  As we walk with Him, we live more holy lives.  The Bible says in Galatians 5:16, “I say then; walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” So this process begins the moment we are justified, and continues up until the moment when we die.

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Justification

How can I become a new person?
Justification is God’s provision of salvation for guilty and lost sinners.  Because of Christ’s redeeming work, His death on the cross, we no longer stand before God as sinners, unrighteous or guilty, but as holy, righteous and not guilty.  We are declared righteous because of our faith in Christ (Romans 4:5).  We become righteous the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  At that moment, we are considered born again and our old self dies and a new spiritual man arises.  This new man is freed from the stain of sin in the eyes of God.  This doesn’t mean that he won’t sin anymore, because he doesn’t become sinless, he is forgiven and seen in the eyes of God as sinless.  The term justification means that the believer is in right standing before God.  It speaks of a courtroom scene in which the accused is acquitted and pronounced “not guilty.”  To help us remember what is meant by justified, it is sometimes broken up in the following manner: just – if – ied never sinned or “just as if I’d never sinned.”

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:23-26).

 

Abiding in Christ

The primary reference is in John 15:1-8, which describes the relationship that exists between God and believers.  Those that neglect to abide in Him are cast out and in danger of judgment (Matthew 7:21-23). Those that do abide in Christ are not only considered true disciples, but their lives will produce much fruit (Galatians 5:22, 23).  The Christian must believe and abide in Christ.  The word believe in the following passages and others such as John 3:16; John 6:40, is in the present tense, and means “to believe and to continue to believe” or “to abide.”  It implies not only an initial act of faith, but a maintained attitude. Even though God does not desire that anyone should perish for all eternity, God does not save or keep a man against his will.

Just as faith in God and repentance from sin are necessary for salvation, so they are necessary for the continuance of the Christian’s life.  The scriptural condition for salvation is, believing.  “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).  Also, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

 

THE ROMANS ROAD TO SALVATION

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Why should I read The Romans Road? You should be familiar with the Romans Road because it is an effective tool used to bring others to Christ, and it clearly explains the way to salvation.

THE PLAN OF SALVATION

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ReLord. (Romans 6: 23) Because of our sins, we are supposed to die.

 

paid the pricGod commandeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

(Romans 5: 8) Instead of us dying, Jesus died in our place in order to give us life.

What is the way out?

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. ()

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simply pray this prayer: "Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life and turn toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and do your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen."

 

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