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(Galatians 3:26-28) “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

 

Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing “WHY?” 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 it, “What is the meaning of life?”

Everyone wants to be happy. People try in many ways:

…Some look for happiness by acquiring possessions.

…Some look for happiness by experiencing pleasure.

…Some look for happiness by gaining prestige and power.

But real happiness comes from understanding my PURPOSE in existing.

I. WHY AM I HERE?

A. God made me to Glorify Him!

 

(Revelation 4:11) “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

B. God made man in his own image.

(Genesis 1:26) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

C. When man is in a right relationship with God there is great benefit for the individual.

1. Clear Conscience- (Romans 8:1) “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

2. Peace – (Romans 8:6) “ For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

3. Help with Weaknesses – (Romans 8:26) “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

4. Purpose – (Romans 8:28) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

5. Confidence – (Romans 8:31) “What shall we then say to these things? If God be fore us, who can be against us?”

6. Security – (Romans 8:39) “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

7. Power and Strength – (Philippians 4:13) “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.”

8. Fulfillment – (Philippians 4:19) “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

9. Freedom – (John 8:32) “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

II. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

 
Man has violated God’s law and in many cases does not even know he is guilt before God. “Look out for #1. Do your own thing.” “If it feels good, do it – regardless of what God says about it.” “It’s my life and I’ll do what I please!”, are all attitudes that man has toward himself. The Bible calls these attitudes: Sin.

 

· (Isaiah 53:6) “All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.”

· (I John 1:8) “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

In reality before God we are lying, stealing, covetous, murderous, adulterers, because we have violated God’s laws. - Exodus 20

We have broken our relationship with God by our sin. Therefore we will never know true happiness without restoring that relationship.

(Isaiah 59:2) “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God.”
(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
When our relationship to God is not right, it causes PROBLEMS in every area of our lives such as our marriages, careers, relationships, finances, etc.

WHEN PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS, THEY OFTEN TRY MANY DIFFERENT WAYS OF COPING INSTEAD OF TURNING TO GOD.

(Proverbs 16:25) “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
(James 1:14) “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
People try to justify themselves by many means.

· “MY MOTHER WAS A CHRISTIAN SO…”
· “It doesn’t matter what you believe, just be sincere.”

· “I’ll give up all my bad habits.”

· “I’ll work real hard and earn it.”

· “I’ll be religious and go to church.”

III. WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?

 
God Himself came to earth in human form to seek and to save lost man. If any other way would have worked, Jesus Christ would not have had to come. The Way to God is through a Person not through religion.

 

Jesus Christ said in (John 14:6) “I AM THE WAY, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by ME.”

 
JESUS HAS ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF YOUR SIN PROBLEM BY DYING ON THE CROSS, BEING BURIED, AND RISING AGAIN!

 

God did this for us because He loves us and wants us to know Him.

(Romans 5:8) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God has already done His part to restore our relationship to Him. He took the initiative. Now He waits for each of us to individually accept what He has done for us.

IV. WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

 
A. Understand that you are a sinner and are separated from God because of your sins.

 

(Romans 3:10) “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

(Isaiah 53:6) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

B. Accept the fact that as a sinner, you will give an account for you sin before God 

 

(Ezekiel 18:4) “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

(Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death’ but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

(Hebrews 9:27) “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

(Revelation 20:14-15) “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. {15} And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

C. Believe that Jesus died to pay for your sins, was buried, and that he rose again and is alive today.

(Romans 1:16) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

(Romans 10:9) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

(Acts 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”

D. Receive God’s free gift of salvation. Don’t try to earn it.

(Ephesians 2:8-9) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Our relationship to God is not restored by anything we do, but on the basis of what Jesus already did for us!

E. Invite Jesus Christ to come into your life and save me.

(John 1:12-13) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born…Of God!”

(Revelation 3:20) “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

If you are serious about wanting a personal relationship with Christ you must be willing to turn from your sins to the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Dear Jesus, I realize that I am sinner both by nature and by choice. I understand that as a sinner I should pay my own price for sin in hell. But I believe that you died on the cross, were buried for three days, and rose again paying the debt I owe. I am asking you to forgive me of my sins and save me.”

(Romans 10:13) “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the lord, shall be saved.”

PLEASE CALL US AND LET US KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ACCEPTED THE LORD JESUS INTO YOUR LIFE! WE WANT TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU!