"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures..."
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
* for our sins (in our place, instead of, on behalf of -- Romans 5:8) * in accordance with the Scripture * He was buried
He was raised
* on the third day * in accordance with the Scripture
The Gospel Message: Christ died for our sins, Christ was raised from the dead.
What does God ask me to do?
1. Admit that I'm a sinner and that my sin separates me from God. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23 "The wages of sin is death" Romans 6:23 2. Believe that Jesus, being God, paid the penalty for all my sins when He died on the cross.
Believe or trust Christ to save you--not your goodness, your good moral life, your church membership, your baptism, your money, etc. to get you to heaven.
1. Belief involves knowledge. You must know about Christ-the facts of the Gospel. 2. Belief involves mental assent. You must be convinced or accept the facts of Christ as being true. 3. Belief involves trust. You believe, rely, or depend on Christ as your Savior. 4. Receive or accept God's free gift of salvation, rather than try to earn it.
"For by grace you are saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8,9
Is there anything that is keeping you from trusting Christ as your Savior? If not ...
You may want to use the following prayer to express your decision to God. Praying has never saved anyone. Prayer is only the means by which we tell God that we are trusting Jesus Christ as our Savior.
"Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner and I understand that my sin separates me from you. I believe that Jesus, being God, paid the penalty for all my sins when He died on the cross. I now receive Him as my Savior. Thank you for loving and forgiving me and giving me the gift of eternal life. In Jesus' name, amen."
If you've just prayed that prayer, we hope you'll let us know so that we can celebrate with you. Simply send a note to the Pastor Ken Nienke.