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Jesus said, “Unless you be born again, you shall not enter the Kingdom of God (St. John 3:3). A life of meaning and purpose is found, “at your door”! Jesus said, “See, I stand at the door and knock, and if any hear my voice, open the door and invite me in; I will come in and we will feast together…“(Revelation 3:20)
This may be from an Evangelist and brought to you by the Spirit of God so you can say:
“I’d been lost and I’m now found again!”
You may have not done so many of certain bad things like “theft, assault, drinking alcohol excessively, or drug abuse”, and so on but you discover that all have sinned in other ways like not taking life seriously, being intimate with the opposite sex a lot and not being truthful to other people.
You can live a new life and tell people to know that it is great to be a Born Again Christian.
Table of contents
- 1 Steps
- 2 Community Q&A
- 3 Tips
- 4 Two Simple Keys to the Biblical Belief
- 5 Warnings
- 6 See Jesus’ teaching about His identity, what He said about Himself…
- 7 Getting to Know Jesus
- 8 Getting to Know Jesus Online Bible Study
- 9 The Six Core Teachings of the Christian Faith
- 10 You Have Hope and a Future
- 11 Prayer
- 12 It’s a Journey:A Lifelong Process
- 13 Starting Your Life with Christ
- 14 Sharing Your Faith with Others
- Recognize that, according to The Bible, you are a sinner and have fallen short of God’s standard.
You have broken God’s Law (the 10 commandments). You must understand that you are a natural-born-sinner, and deserve God’s punishment for your selfish ways. Although, you must also take into consideration that certain groups of Jesus’ early followers did not see things this way.
You must come to the Biblical understanding that Christ died for you, and that his death on the cross was his paying the penalty for your sins and mine. He willingly took the punishment for you while you were like a stranger and like an “enemy.”
- According to Christianity consistent with the Bible you must repent and turn away from your sins once and for all.
Ask Jesus to
you of your sins and surrender your life to Him. Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. “All things can work out for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to God’s purpose.” You can start to gain ground as a Brother of Jesus, and your ways can be
in the light beyond the tunnel .
- Confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and agreeing with Jesus means: be born again of water and the Spirit to enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)
Get yourself a Bible and start reading it. Then follow up that with readings in the Bible, the Holy canon. Come to realize that there have been several books deemed sacred by some that were abandoned in the process of canonization by agreement to the consistency of doctrine and to the historical accuracy.
- Find yourself a church that believes in salvation through repentance and faith in Jesus alone as opposed to an alternative tradition and see which would bring agreement and peace in faith.
You may want to start a Ministry of Holy Spirit for ALL who believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ, believing that all good Churches are one and the word of God is one for ALL generations.
- Talk to a pastor, or any other kind of Christian, such as a spiritual leader — and tell him about the decision you have just made for Christ, and get Baptised to publicly proclaim the spiritual transformation and faith you now have.
- Avoid sabotaging your prayer life so be sure to pray effectually.
“And when you pray, use no vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7)
. Believe and accept that God already knows and cares…
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I am at the end of my rope. I need to make a decision. What can I do?
No matter what happens, believe in God and believe that He will help you. In the worst situations, He is testing your faith.Things will turn out for good in the end, if you don’t abandon your faith. Ask God for wisdom in making your decision, genuinely try to listen for His voice and His guidance, and then act, trusting He is with you.
I feel like Jesus isn’t even there. How can I get him to help me turn from my sins?
Jesus can help you, but, ultimately, he cannot prevent you from sinning. Pray and reconcile when you sin.
How to repent if I don’t remember what I did wrong?
Just say you’re sorry for whatever you did. God knows what you did and He’ll accept the apology.
How did you know Jesus?
You can learn about Him in Sunday School, and ask Him into your heart.
Am I allowed to wage war against others who kill Christians and my own people, if they started the killing first?
Remember that those who live by the sword surely die by the sword. Ponder on that. It is biblical.
How do I stop masturbation? I do it every day and have been addicted for 3 years now.
Masturbation is a normal and healthy way of expressing your sexuality. If you are truly bothered, you can talk to your pastor about it or try a Sexaholics Anonymous meeting.
How do I end my suffering?
I have no way of knowing what you are suffering from, but the best that I can tell you is to get honest with yourself. Ask yourself how you could be contributing to your own unhappiness and try to make positive changes in your life. If faith in God helps you do this, then start there. Talk to your pastor or someone else you respect for guidance.
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- Christ asks that we simply abide in Him. So live your life in accordance with His word and live your life as it is not your own- you belong to Jesus Christ. It is Christ’s life now, so live in sweet surrender knowing that you are now free and have been made alive since we were dead in our trespasses.
- If you meant the above Prayer from your heart, God has heard you and will forgive you.
- Read these examples of people who have gotten to know Jesus as their personal saviour.
Two Simple Keys to the Biblical Belief
1. Learn about Jesus and believe that He died, rose from the dead as your Savior and then talk to the one, true God. Repent – say and mean it that you want to change — saying something similar to: “I am sorry for my sin, all my wrong doing; I want to change, and I truly thank you for your gift of The Holy Spirit and for everything you, Lord, have done, and that I am now forgiven and saved from the penalty for my sins as a free gift, in Jesus’ name.”
2. Now tell others that “There is one Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who is Lord and Savior for everyone who believes, repents and follows him:” which should include going to Christian meetings, being baptized as a sign of accepting your new life, seeking to be filled and led by the Holy Spirit, praying to God, taking communion (“The Lord’s Supper”), showing God’s love by kindness, forgiving others, making peace, agreeing in prayer with other believers, and when you sin asking for (and accepting) forgiveness, expecting consequences for some wrongs and going on, all in Christ Jesus’ holy name — with God the Father as the one, true Judge of all things good or bad.
- You may soon give up some of the things you used to do. Your new found way, may lead to losing friends, as you grow more and more in your new found faith, you will find that true obedience is best. In this event, your free will should yield to the greater good, and thus you will share this saving message with others, so they too can become right with God.
- Some people may be unwilling to accept that you have the nerve to explain the Gospel to them even though you work up to it carefully, and could abandon you as a close friend. But that’s okay: love them anyway! Jesus still loves you. The Bible says to go and convince them — quote: “compel them” to come in to the feast.
- Some argue that while you are saved by faith (belief and trust in instruction received from God) that you must keep your faith and become rooted in the Word (still hold true to what saved you). Don’t let your faith slip, but pray and study his word (The Bible) each day asking God to reveal his wisdom and guide your steps.
- Praying “the prayer” and following the steps alone will not save you, if you don’t truly repent/surrender to God through Jesus. It’s the core belief from the heart not just the words that matter (There are no magic words or magic formula.).
- Beware the Devil. The closer you grow to Jesus, the greater a target you become for the Devil who will sent temptations, try to tempt you, deceive you and trick you into leaving Jesus. But if you resist the Devil, he can not touch you (“Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you”). Remember also that your temptations come from the world and your own flesh too. There is nothing more powerful than Jesus Christ. Through Him all things are possible.
- Jesus Christ is the only “name” whereby you “must” be saved; yes, God is the just Judge of all things both good and bad…
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See Jesus’ teaching about His identity, what He said about Himself…
By Steven L. Pogue
If you’ve committed your life to Christ, you have a relationship with Him. That’s a great beginning! Developing that relationship involves getting to know Him better.
The best way to learn about Jesus is to read His claims concerning His identity in the Gospels. The Gospels are the first four books in the New Testament and tell the “good news” (which is what the gospel means) of Jesus Christ. They were written in the first century A.D. and were based upon eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life.
Jesus was born about 4 or 5 B.C. (Our calendars are a little off.) The nation of Israel had been under foreign occupation almost continuously since the seventh century B.C., and the Jews fought to maintain national identity. Every faithful Jew kindled the hope that one day Messiah would appear and provide salvation for the nation by overthrowing Roman rule. Messiah is a Hebrew word meaning “the anointed one,” and Christ is a title, not Jesus’ last name.
The bulk of the Gospel accounts is devoted to the three years that Jesus spent ministering around the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. They tell us of the life and teachings of a unique person. Jesus, the Gospels explain, demonstrated his divine powers by healing the sick, blind and lame; by raising the dead; by walking on water and calming a storm at sea. Jesus’ teaching lacked the exacting legalism and piousness that characterized so much of contemporary Judaism. He became tremendously popular among the masses in Galilee.
Throughout his ministry Jesus kept pointing the people to Himself. The masses wanted a political liberator. The religious establishment wanted their positions of power and piety recognized. Jesus pandered to neither group.
Let’s examine four incidents in the Gospel of John to determine what Jesus claimed about Himself.
John 5: Jesus Teaching God is His Father
In the Gospel of John, chapter 5, Jesus was accosted by Jewish religious leaders for healing an invalid on the Sabbath (the Jewish “Day of Rest”). They considered any expenditure of effort on that day a violation of God’s command to maintain it as a day of rest. Over the centuries they had meticulously codified what was permissible, and Jesus’ action flaunted their strict rules.
Jesus defended his action of healing on the Sabbath by explaining that God, as the sustainer of the universe, never rests but continually keeps working. And God is always doing good in human history. Since God cannot stop his work: “My Father constantly does good, and I’m following his example.” Then the Jewish leaders were all the more eager to kill Him because in addition to disobeying their Sabbath laws, He had spoke of God as his Father, thereby making Himself equal with God (John 5:17,18).
The Jews saw Jesus’ claim to deity as a virulent blasphemy. During the centuries of occupation by foreign nations, many Jews had endured terrible sufferings to remain faithful to worship Jehovah, the one true God. How could Jesus, a good Jew, ever think of saying that He was equal with God?
John 8: Jesus Teaching that He Has Always Existed
Three chapters later in John’s Gospel, Jesus is conversing again with the Jewish leaders. He was in Jerusalem for the Feast of the Tabernacles, a celebration commemorating God’s direction to Moses and the nation of Israel during their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.
In this conversation Jesus made several claims. He said that He was the light of the world, that He could free men from sin and that anyone who believed in Him would not die. The Jewish leaders were again incensed by his seemingly preposterous claims but apparently decided to humor Him, hoping to reveal his inconsistencies. Not even Abraham, venerated founder of Judaism, had claimed to be immortal, so how could Jesus claim this? Jesus replied: “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
“You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to Him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
At this, they picked up stones to stone Him… (John 8:56-59, NIV).
His remarks were even more inflammatory because of his use of the words, I am. In the Old Testament, Moses saw a burning bush as he was tending sheep in the desert. Approaching the bush, God suddenly spoke to Moses and told him to return to Egypt and lead the Israelites out of bondage. God assured Moses that he would be with him.
Moses asked God who he should say sent him. God replied: “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14, NIV). I AM was not so much a label for God as it was an indication of God’s complete ability to deliver the Israelites from bondage. Jesus ascribed this same name and power to Himself.
John 10: Jesus Teaching that He Is Equal To God
This third claim is recorded in the tenth chapter of John. It occurs at the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah. Jesus is again in Jerusalem, and there is considerable speculation among the crowds and religious leaders: Will Jesus announce that He is the Messiah? Tradition had always taught that the Messiah would be revealed at one such feast.
The Jewish leaders gathered around Jesus and asked Him if He was the Messiah. It may have been genuine curiosity, but more likely they intended to set a trap for Jesus, forcing Him to say something that would warrant his arrest and execution. Instead of giving them a direct answer, Jesus said that He had already told them who He was and that they had not believed Him:
“My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…my Father has given them to me…I and the Father are one.”
Then again, the Jewish leaders picked up stones to kill Him.
Jesus said, “At God’s direction I have done many a miracle to help the people. For which one are you killing me?”
They replied, “Not for any good work, but for blasphemy; you, a mere man, have declared yourself to be God” (John 10:27-33).
John 11: Jesus Teaching that He Offers Life Eternal
Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus, became ill. He lived in Bethany, less than two miles to the east of Jerusalem. Jesus at the time was many miles further to the east, ministering along the Jordan River. After He heard of Lazarus’ illness, Jesus waited two days before departing. By the time He arrived in Bethany, Lazarus was already dead and buried.
Martha, Lazarus’ sister, went out to meet Jesus and exclaimed that her brother would still be alive if Jesus had arrived sooner. Then follows this exchange:
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believe in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world” (John 11:23-27, NIV).
Jesus moved near the cave-like tomb where Lazarus was buried. Praying aloud, He thanked his Father for hearing Him: “I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me: (John 11:42, NIV). His prayer finished, Jesus commanded Lazarus to leave the tomb, and the dead man came out, still wrapped in grave clothes.
What Jesus’ Claims to Deity Mean
Jesus made what seemed to be extravagant claims about Himself: equality and oneness with God, eternal pre-existence, and the source of everlasting life. These are not the statements of a mere mortal (at least a sane one). Jesus also declared that He had final authority over all the earth, that He would one day return and judge the earth, that He could forgive sin and that He was the only way to God. He said He could give life and fill man’s greatest hunger. He called Himself the Son of Man, an Old Testament prophetic term for the Messiah. He allowed others to worship Him even though Jews were to worship God alone.
During the trial preceding the crucifixion, the Jewish leaders said this to the Roman governor Pilate: “We have a law, and according to that law He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God” (John 19:7, NIV). Jesus of Nazareth was killed not for what He did, but for who He claimed to be. C.S. Lewis, the Cambridge University literature professor who journeyed from skepticism to Christianity, once remarked: “I am trying to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice, either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.”1
Jesus’ Life and Teaching Are Unique
Of all the founders of major world religions, Christ alone claimed to be God! Abraham, Mohammed, Confucius, Buddha—none claimed to be God. Buddha, for example, told his disciples near the end of his life not to worry about remembering Him, but to remember his teaching about the Way of enlightenment.
Each of these founders of world religions can be divorced from his teaching without a total and irreparable loss to that religion. But Christianity is built upon Christ: who He claimed to be and what He did. His teaching is almost embarrassingly self-centered. What else can be said of someone who declares: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, NIV)? But if Jesus’ claims are true, then his statements are full of hope. We can know God because Jesus is God.
Fully God and Fully Man
Jesus Christ is not only fully God, but He is also fully man. He experienced hunger and thirst, loneliness, and the pain of betrayal and rejection. He suffered the humiliation of hanging naked upon the cross. He experienced temptations. He at real food, cried real tears at the death of a friend and lost real blood during his crucifixion. Even his resurrection was physical. Jesus Christ was fully man.
What does it mean to us that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man?
1. Because Jesus is God, He is worthy of our worship. We should treat Him as God, with reverence and respect. Jesus is not our buddy; He is our Lord.
The Lordship of Jesus means allowing Him direction over every area of our life: not only our religious worship and our private devotions, but our career, our family, our finances, our attitudes. Knowing Christ should affect our relationship with others and what we watch on television. Giving Christ control of these areas isn’t what gets us into heaven; is a response to our eternal relationship with Him. He is your powerful Lord, Love Him, Worship Him.
2. Because Jesus is God, He is able to handle all of our problems. There is nothing we face that God cannot overcome. Jesus is the “I AM” who can do all things. Jesus claims that He is able to make all things work for good in our life (Romans 8:28). In fact, He is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV). As you get to know Jesus better, I hope you will see that He has the power to do in your life what He promises.
3. Because Jesus is God, He was able to reconcile us to God. Jesus is more than a friend. He is our Savior.
4. Because Jesus is fully man, He is able to identify with all of our needs and problems. There is nothing we go through that He cannot understand: “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18, NIV). By living among us, Jesus perfectly understood all that we feel.
5. Jesus’ identity as fully man affirms our humanity. We do not become more Christian by becoming less human. God created us in his image and wants us to enjoy life with all of its possibilities. He gave each of us talents and abilities that He wants us to develop.
This does not mean that following Christ will make you healthy and wealthy (though it will make you wise!).
There will be personal sacrifices. You may have to give up what is comfortable: an old lifestyle, private habits, a career path, financial success, even your life. But allow Jesus’ teaching in your life, learning from Him, leaning on Him. It’s what makes life great.
1. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1952), pp55-56. Used by permission.
I want to know Jesus.
For all my life, I’ve known about Jesus. Baptized as a baby, my parents took me to church every Sunday. I grew up knowing about Jesus from church, Sunday School, and Christian school. This foundational teaching is a blessing beyond measure.
Yet knowing about Jesus is so different from knowing Jesus.
I have read Bible stories.
I’ve memorized Scripture verses.
Yet do I have a personal, deep relationship with Jesus?
I remember when I first met my husband. We spent hours on the phone getting to know one another. (Remember, this was pre-email and we lived several states apart.) More than once, we spent all night on the phone, and this was when long-distance phone calls were expensive. I remember hearing my dad get up early for work, and I knew I was in big trouble because I was still on the phone from the night before!
I was willing to suffer the consequences of those phone all-nighters – falling asleep in class the next day, paying the huge phone bill, and getting in trouble with my parents, all because I craved getting to know this important new man in my life.
I wanted to know all the facts about my new boyfriend – what’s his favorite color? What toppings does he eat on his pizza? But even more, I wanted to know him. What are his hopes and dreams for the future? What are his deepest convictions?
In the same way, I desire that deep relationship with my Savior and Lord, Jesus.
Getting to Know Jesus
I invite you to join me on a journey into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Together on this website, we will read the book Getting to Know Jesus: Using the Six Core Teachings of the Bible to Grow in a Deeper Relationship with Jesus, by Paul Schult.
In this study, we will discover:
- How can I get to know Jesus better?
- How can I possibly understand all that the Bible teaches and reveals?
- What is the most important teaching in the Bible for me to know?
Will you join us?
Getting to Know Jesus Online Bible Study
Much of our discussion takes place in our Getting to Know Jesus Facebook group. Come and join us there for discussion weekly. (Hint: The author makes a guest appearance.)
While you are welcome to join in the discussion no matter what, I encourage you to purchase the book and read along for maximum benefit. You can purchase the book Getting to Know Jesus here in print or Kindle version.
Each week I’ll be posting a blog post digging deeper into one aspect of the readings, as well.
The Six Core Teachings of the Christian Faith
We will develop a closer relationship with Jesus by learning more about the 6 core teachings of the Christian faith:
- The Ten Commandments – reveal God’s values
- The Apostles’ Creed – reveals God’s identity
- The Lord’s Prayer – reveals how to communicate with God
- Baptism – reveals how to be identified with God
- Confession & Forgiveness – reveal how to be honest with God
- The Lord’s Supper – reveals how to commune with God
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- Why Do We Pray the Lord’s Prayer?
- What is Baptism?
- Do You Need Confession and Absolution?
- Why Do We Celebrate the Lord’s Supper?
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Romans 3:23 says it this way: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Knowing Jesus is simply acknowledging your need for Him, believing what He did for you and accepting His amazing gift. It recognizes that you can’t live this life on your own, that you’ve sinned and are in need of a Savior. And the good news about knowing Jesus, about being saved, is the beautiful exchange that happens in that moment. You give Him all the bad and sinful things you’ve done, and in return, God gives you everything He has for you. Whether you know it or not yet, His plan for your life is amazing, and this is the first step on that journey.
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“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
You Have Hope and a Future
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Isn’t it comforting to know there’s a plan for your life? Regardless of what’s happened along the way, regardless of the wrong turns and missteps, God has been leading you to this very moment. In fact, He’s been leading you right to Himself. The fact of the matter is your ultimate hope and future both lie in Him.
That simply means, you can live your whole life with and for Jesus. And because of Him, because of His promise to never leave you or forsake you, you’ve now got something to be very excited about!
God says in His Word in Romans 10:9, that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised His son Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved. Today, if you feel like Jesus is calling you to a personal relationship with Him, and you are ready to follow His leadership in everything that you do, pray this out loud:
Jesus, I know that I have sinned and am in need of a Savior.
I believe that when you went to the Cross, you went there for me and all my sins.
I trust You to save me right now. I give you my life.
Today, I know I’m saved and that You forgive me, but help me to understand what it means to live for you every day. Amen.
It’s a Journey:
A Lifelong Process
You may be asking yourself, What do I do now that I’ve accepted Christ? It’s a great question as you’ve taken your first step. Though today you may not feel any different, know that Christ has started working on the inside of you.
Colossians 2:6-7 says, And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Those roots are established along the way through prayer, the reading of God’s Word, the Bible, and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and direct you.
Starting Your Life with Christ
The promise of God’s Word, and the words Jesus spoke to His disciples are this: 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
You’ve been called to live a full and exciting life in Christ and we want to help you start your journey strong.
Sharing Your Faith with Others
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations , baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always , even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (AMP)
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