Saturday, May 18, 2013

Christ the Savior, Do you know Him personally?




Hello Reader,
Perhaps you have visited this blog for  the first time.  You may have joined this blog and follow it regularly.  Whatever your situation, I am glad that you  have visited us.
But I must ask you a couple of  questions;  If you were to die today would you know for sure that you would wake up in heaven?  Suppose you were to die today and stand before God and He said to you; Why should I let you into heaven what would you say to Him(Evangelism Explosion, J. Kennedy)?

The Bible tells us:  And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, Hebrews 9:27.  Contrary to what you may have been heard or read, there is no second chance after death.  When I was sixteen years old and was at a camp in Northern Michigan, I looked to Jesus Christ as my Savior. I trusted Him for salvation and since then I have had great assurance that I am His child and will someday be with Him forever.  Hell is a very real thing but I will never see its gates.  It is all because my Savior, Jesus Christ paid the price for my sins when He shed His blood on the cross for me.  He satisfied God's wrath through the offering of Himself  on the cross and when you come to know Him you are no longer under that wrath. He was resurrected and now is alive at the right hand of His Father. He pleads through His people that you would be saved.
Here is something from Grace Community Church that can help you understand what it means to be a true Christian. I also have given a link to a three minute gospel presentation. It is very good.


What It Means to Be a Christian

Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in the Bible.
God Is Sovereign Creator
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
God Is Holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3); therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Mankind Is Sinful
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10–12).
Sin Demands a Penalty
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.
Jesus Is Lord and Savior
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).
The Character of Saving Faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), pursue Christ (Matthew 11: 28–30; John 17:3), and obey Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
If you would like to see the gospel  presented in your own language, please go to the link below.
http://www.gracechurch.org/ministries/outreach/local/gospel.aspx

The link below has a three minute presentation on how to become a Christian.
h,ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCMpeLNEA30
 
If you have made a decision to accept Christ as Savior, please let me know.  You can do so by sending me an email at bloemsteve@yahoo.com  or you can go to our contact us form on our web site.http://www.heartfeltmin.org/#!contact/cito  
I can send you by email some material that will help you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. All you have to do is go to the heartfeltmin org link directly above.

Thanks,
Steve Bloem